Thursday, February 11, 2010

Wondering Where is Winter

I wanted to post about what we do outside during the winter. I was hoping to get some super cute pics of the kids on a sled going down my mom's hill. She has the best hill for sledding. I wanted some shots of the boys digging snow and drawing in it, but I can't do that.
We got some snow in December and it stuck around a bit. But I was selfish and naive. I wanted more snow. Now, here we are in February in Maine and there is no snow.
When the snow is fresh and there is still some covering in the driveway, Daniel likes to draw in it with his feet. He stomps around making patterns. Bobby follows his lead, but I don't think to take pictures because surely it will snow more and I can post some decent pictures of Maine's snow.

Well, here is Maine's snow in February.
We've been going to the park and for walks, just like we do in the summer, minus the beach. The only difference is that we are bundled up. So, here are some cute pictures of my kids at the park, because that is what we are doing for outside winter activity. Sorry I couldn't demonstrate real winter fun. But, here is Bobby and Daniel going to play with the patch of snow.

It is supposed to be snowing right now, but doesn't seem to be. Maybe it will and I'll be able to show off some real Maine winter activity, but it looks like for now, y'all in the South get all the winter fun.

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47 comments:

Bubblej said...

Where I live it never snows! Your boys look like they are having fun. I think kids have the most fun when they can move around and experience things. Walking in the park and playing on the swings is all they need. The simple pleasures in life, huh?

Anonymous said...

Oh Emily! Your boys are too cute! Enjoy kissing their chilly little cheeks! I miss those days of playing at the park together-they went by awfully fast! I live in Maryland and I believe we've got your snow... We've had more than 50" since last Friday! Bertie

Ria said...

A little north of you, it seems that New Brunswick is going through it's typical February "false spring". We get one like this every year, where for almost a week in February the temperatures climb and snow starts to melt and the air feels springtime fresh. You can almost believe, when this happens, that winter's going to end early for once.

But it never does, and after false spring ends the cold weather comes back with a vengeance and sticks around under April.

Needless to say, I can't wait until April!

nepamom said...

Emily,
I wish we could put photos in comments LOL...I'd give you some pictures of the snow we got yesterday (I'd give you the snow itself if I could!).

Your boys looked like they enjoyed themselves with or without the snow though and that's all that really matters!

sara said...

Ugh, I'll trade you! We're drowning in snow right now and I'm so tired of it! Our local zoo opens on March first and I've already told my kids we're going, even if it means full body snowsuits LOL I can't wait till spring gets here!
sara http://myfrugalfunlife.blogspot.com/

Marcie said...

How much snow do you usually get? Where I live a small dusting is enough to shut down the entire city!

Our Family Is His said...

We are supposed to get snow, enough for the boys to play in, however that would be one long plane ride just for a bit of snow play. =)

Your boys look like they are having so much fun. Hehehe, I love the one of Thomas in the swing, all hunkered down. Enjoy the winter break in the weather.

CappuccinoLife said...

And here we are in PA buried under 2-3 ft of the stuff!

Andrea said...

Looks like they are having fun even without the snow. We have had a few days of snow but it's not enough to stick. Thanks for sharing.

Clisby said...

My kids are all excited because there's some chance of *maybe* a half-inch of snow in Charleston Friday night. They haven't seen snow since a Jan. trip to Ohio a couple of years ago.

Heather said...

I am from PA (live in FL now) and they are having it bad in my hometown right now. I hope your boys get some snow to play in soon. My kids are always begging to go north in the winter for some snow fun!

Angie said...

Ooh, I love snow :) We, too, continue our daily walks no matter the weather..... well, mostly.... but the nice thing for me is that my husband teaches, and in a county school no less. That means when school is called off because of the weather, we get to enjoy it together!

Melissa said...

The boys are so cute! You are very blessed! I am sick and tired of snow. I just finished helping my DH dig out the car so he could get to work. Philly just got two back to back storms of about 2 ft each. Needless to say I hope spring comes soon!

Good Bless,
Melissa

KimC said...

Down here in the Texas hill country we're waiting for last week's 60's and 70's to return. It's in the 40's and 50's now and all the kids are complaining about the cold!
I don't miss snowy Ohio a bit. :p

Emily said...

Marcie, we would normally have a few feet of snow and we would all need snowsuits and boots. We've only pulled out the boots a handful of times this winter.

Elizabeth said...

I guess I thought Maine was always covered in snow during winter. It looks nice there. I wish it was park time weather here, we have been buried in a few feet of snow since early December and the temperatures have been freezing. We are literally going stir crazy here!

nepamom said...

I'm from PA too (obviously!) and after reading some of the other comments from fellow residents and former residents, I feel bad for complaining about the snow we got yesterday!

I forgot that I'm up in the corner that didn't get the weekend storm at all and didn't get the main part of yesterday's storm. Our 8 inches or so might of left our long driveway impassable and kept hubby home from work but it's nothing compared to what a lot of others got.

Marie said...

You can have our snow. Please!!!

Saryn said...

Wow, I am in Pa and have 2+ feet of snow outside my front door right now. I would be more then happy to send some your way..lol

Saryn

Amber said...

Have you heard of the snowmageddon on the middle east coast right now? We've got about 50inches on the ground with drifts that are much higher! You can have our snow!

I'm surprised that you get out so much in the winter, but I guess when you live in a small area cabin fever sets in quickly. One of the reasons why we bought a larger house was because I hate the cold and have zero desire to be out in it. Because of that, we knew we'd need a large area for playing. It helps us not to feel so claustrophobic and on top of each other during the colder months.

Anonymous said...

Well, we haven't had much of winter here in Nova Scotia either. We missed all the snow that D.C. and all rec'd. Supposed to have snow today but so far nothing.

Ria from N.B.: you are so right about the 'false Spring' - we'll probably get our snow in April! LOL.

Jean

Happily Frugal Mama said...

Adorable boys!

We only got one round of snow as well... which isn't too atypical for Oregon, but the kids were spoiled with last years excessive (for us) snow fall. Now that we've purchased a couple sleds... they want to use them and we can't... unless they want to go mud sliding that is!

Diana @ frontyardfoodie said...

Funny with all the record snow falls everywhere that Maine of all places isn't getting any!

In KC, MO we've gotten more this year than has been recorded in 30 years! We even had a blizzard over Christmas!

Smart Cents Mom said...

You can have our snow! It seems to be snowing every week here in Iowa. I have not seen the grass since November. It is so bad that this year, the deer have come right up to the house and eaten 4 bushes. Those bushes have been here since we moved in 10 years ago. First time the deer have touched them. I can't wait for spring!

Susan said...

We are having a typical PNW winter. It snowed in December and has rained ever since. We Oregonians don't tan we rust.
Oh the days of following the little ones on a winter's day walk. Teaching them about the seasons. I always tried to fit in a quote from Helen Keller's Teacher, "The bare trees look like lace against the sky."

http://susan-chicdaisy.blogspot.com/

Blessed said...

This past weekend we got to experience the best of both worlds. : ) We live all the way on the other side of the country from you, Emily, which is fun to think about--you mentioned the beach, and we will be headed to the beach tomorrow morning (weekly ritual). It is just an entirely different ocean for us!

Anyway, last Fri we went to the beach and then that evening drove up to Lake Tahoe to celebrate my husband's b-day skiing. It snowed all Sat--my girls got to play in their first REAL snow! They sledded! They made snowballs! (ate most of them, pretending they were ice cream) They sucked on huge icicles! I grew up in the midwest, so know all about winter--but my kids are Californians who have never experienced this before, and it was SO special for me to be able to "give" that to them. : )

But I hate to admit, the best part was when we had to come back Sun evening and were all worried about needing snow chains to get over the pass--and while the snow was still piled high all around, the roads were clear! We had smooth sailing all the way home.

All the fun, none of the work (shoveling, etc.) and none of the scary driving conditions. Ahhhhhhh!

Amy@TheCircusMcGurkus.blogspot.com said...

I guess the good thing about living in the South is that when it snows here it is an EVENT and we know to get out the cameras because it may not happen for another year. I can't believe you don't have any snow in Maine! We just had our annual snowstorm two weeks ago and were dragging Doodlebug down the street in a laundry basket (our makeshift sled).

Jennifer said...

Looks like fun! If you want snow, you can come to where I live (the Northern Plains states). We have snow so high you can't see some people's houses because they snowplowed their driveway & street snow into huge piles! It's fun but also really cold, so we don't go out too much. What I wouldn't give for some park weather!

Anonymous said...

Glad you're still having fun outside. We have less than normal but still a fair bit more than you!

Daisy in Ontario

erin T. said...

The boys are so sweet Emily! We're in WA, and every day it's dry we've been at the park too. The kids love it. Even if it's chilly! We are having a mild winter too. We bring snacks and water and stay for hours!

Guinevere said...

We're buried in snow in VA. I'd gladly send it your way!

The boys are cute! It looks like they're having a lot of fun.

R said...

Your kids are beyond adorable. I haven't commented in ages, but I just had to tell you what a smile these pictures brought to my face.

zerohousepaymentforever said...

your boys are very cute playing in that snow. I think VA has your snow, we have gotten more this winter than I can ever remember us getting.

DarcyLee said...

We have a foot or so of the white stuff here in the midwest we could send your way. I remember when my kids couldn't wait to play in it when they were little. It's not much fun when it's just cold with no snow.

Sabrina said...

And I am excited to be [possibly] getting it!!! It is supposed to snow tomorrow...the possibility is less than one inch, but when you haven't seen snow in your hometown but once in your married life, it's enough!! :) (Married life: 10.5 years) Even if it is one inch, you can bet we'll have some pictures.

Oh, and while the hens thought is was spring, laying every day...they have noticed the change in weather and are refusing to cooperate. Who can blame them??

Anita said...

We have had some this year, but ours seems to melt as fast as it comes. We are suppose to get another blast on Valentines day.

Lisa said...

Hi! Wow, I always thought Maine had tons of snow, but the weather has been strange these past few years. I'm in Ohio & we had 2 storms last week. The first one brought around 11 inches of snow & the second brougt 7-8 inches. Most of it is still on the ground . We are to have another storm coming through starting late tonight or Saturday. I like cold weather though.

Amber said...

I know you get sick of hearing stuff that seems to be critiquing you, but I hope you publish this so that your other readers can see it! The jackets on your little ones made me think of this.

Remember that thick winter jackets should never, ever be worn in carseats. The jackets make the straps way too loose, even if you tighten it as much as you can, and in the event of an accident, your child can just slip right out of the seat. I've found that the easiest way to do it is to put the jacket on backwards on the way to the car, then the child can sit in the seat and you slide the jacket off, buckle in, and slip back on.

Just a few extra steps can save your little one's life in the event of an accident.

CaveGirl said...

Emily, we were snowed in for 2 days straight. The snow finally melted enough this afternoon that we could get out of our driveway. It would've been alright if we had 4wd but we don't--I had to get my father to drive me to work on Tuesday in his truck, then had to call out yesterday because Dad wasn't home. The county didn't bother to plow my road until yesterday evening and I didn't have a chance to get out the tractor to clear our driveway because it's out of gas. Snow is highly overrated.

My kids don't even enjoy playing in the snow, really. They'll go out for about 5 minutes, then come in whining for some hot chocolate, LOL. When I was their age (man, do I sound old here) I'd be out there for hours building snow men, throwing snow balls at my brother, etc.

What's with that blue swing the baby is in? I've never seen one before. Does it have straps or is he just sitting there?

Shannon said...

As someone who lived in Maine many many years ago for a brief period of time this weather means only one thing for you all over there



A blizzard in May :)

Anonymous said...

So....are these pictures to show off your cute guys or an attempt to deter any CPS folks from showing up? This post and the last being used to salvage yourself following the boys bedroom debacle? I know another friend posed a similar question which you didnt post. so not holding my breath here. jabbie

Emily said...

jabbie, I actually plan my posts a week in advanced. People can think whatever they want about me trying to save face, but I had planned for these posts long before anyone saw pics of my boys' room.

Anonymous said...

good! then I'm glad they were out to have some fun. really, its just about wanting whats best for your boys. jabbie

Marcie said...

So, are you getting any snow?! I live in the south and we are getting one of our very rare snows. Nothing is sticking, but my kids are attempting to sled anyway. LOL. Hopefully we will get enough where they can do so.

Mel said...

Before we had our first child, hubby and I looked into moving to Caribou, ME. I thought it was too cold and snowy. Now here we are almost 10 years later in MD with almost 60 inches for this winter and ME's not getting any. I love irony.

PS. We honeymooned in Bar Harbor during a week in 2002 that they had record breaking highs. we were hoping to get away from the mid-atlantic heat :)

Kat said...

Emily,

Do you ever post over at Gentle Christian Mothers or the Mothering Magazine forums?

It seems like they would be right up your ally :)

(Obviously you don't need to answer for privacy reasons, I'm sure you don't want people following your every move on internet forums, I just thought you might like to know about the resources and like minded community if you didn't already)

Lynne said...

All of Maine's snow apparently arrived in Arkansas where I live and southern part of the east coast. My father was military. I was born at the Air Force base in Bangor Maine on a February day long ago. My parents brought me home after a four foot snow....You mentioned machine sewing. You might check your library and see if they have the following books: Homemade Best Made ISBN 0762100761; Reader's Digest Complete Guide to Sewing ISBN 0895770261; and Reader's Digest Back to Basics: How to Learn and Enjoy Traditional American Skills ISBN 0895779390. I have all three of these books in my collection and have referred to them time and again over the years.

Take care....

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