Tuesday, January 27, 2009
Life's Little Delights of a Winter Day
It was a cold, icy, snowy day today.
When it is real cold like this Daniel and I sleep downstairs to keep the fire going all night long. It is so wonderful. When we woke up this morning the house read 70 degrees upstairs. It is such a wonderful blessing to heat with wood. AND it was such a wonderful blessing Daniel's parents came for a visit on Saturday and brought a huge stack of wood with them; none of us knowing a thing about the weather ahead.
There is something so simple about being snowed/frozen in =) For example, right now as I type all wrapped up in a snowflake patterned blanket on the sofa, Daniel and Alli are working on her 1,000 pc. puzzle she purchased with her Christmas money. The two little ones are asleep and it's just the three of us. I love sitting here listening to them talking and sharing excitement over finding a piece.
When it is cold like this we always start the day off nice and slow. This morning the kids, one at a time, came from their cozy beds to warm themselves by the fire. After some snuggle time I headed upstairs to make breakfast. This morning we had a skillet dish. Potato, green peppers, grilled onions, sausage, bacon, and cheese with an over easy egg on top. Don't be impressed, the potatoes were mushy rather than crunchy =( I did not have that lovely dish however, I had two eggs over easy and two pieces of toast with blackberry jelly... yum! I must admit though, that skillet dish was callin' my name, but I am really trying to be good with baby number 4.
After breakfast we did our normal morning chores, which are actually always delightful. I love that routine. After morning chores Alli and I did some reading and Jordan wanted to do some writing. It was a sweet time just sitting in front of the fire watching the girls completely enjoying learning and not even realizing it. Alli said, " I am just in a reading mood today momma" I said, "Well, it's a great day for reading." =)
Before we knew it, it was almost time for lunch. But Daniel suggested we head out for some sledding before a hot lunch. So we shed our pj's, bundled up and headed over to the amazing park near our house for some great sledding. At first it was just us and two other boys but shortly after we arrived everyone showed up. It was so much fun, kids everywhere, all playing together, sharing sleds, helping each other. It was a great time. I wish I had pictures to share but did I mention our camera is broken? I dropped it a couple of weeks ago and cracked the screen on it. You can't view what you're looking at or make any changes to what you are photographing. I am SUPER bummed...
Anyhow, after sledding we headed home for some yummy spaghetti and meatballs left over from dinner last night. Judah was so exhausted, he was falling asleep while eating lunch, it was so sweet. I did video tape it I can't view it, but it is on there... I won't know if his head is cut off or not until I download it onto the computer. *sigh*
After that we just spent the afternoon relaxing. We all read, played, visited, cooked, and just enjoyed the stillness of the day.
It is such a gift, watching the children enjoying childhood. Delightfully enjoying every little drop of snow until their fingers are frozen and cheeks are rosy. Seeing the pile of little hats and gloves shed by the door with little puddles all around. What a wonderful gift it is, viewing winter through the eyes of a child.