Saturday, January 29, 2011

This Is Really Playing In The Snow

My brother Daniel and his wife Kim arrived at our home last night and well, they're from Florida so first off they want to know what the white stuff on the ground is :) But it wasn't enough to tell them what the white stuff was we had to show them - really show them.

Kirk's idea?

Take the whole family tubing! Originally we had planned to actually go to a ski resort but since God saw fit to send us some free snow we decided it was better to go "tubing" on a local hill.

We certainly weren't the only ones so we had to do some sled dodging but we did manage to find a "bunny hill" that worked really well for the triplets to slide down on their tubes:

This was actually the first time the girls had ever gone tubing. Kirk has taken Kaitlyn and Caleb to this same hill in years past (even last year after our blizzards I believe) but the girls have never gone. I mean, come on, that's a LOT of kids to try and corral on some very slippery slopes. But with extra hands today seemed like the perfect day to go for it.

I'd say they liked it. In fact, Julianna asked me, "The next time it snows can we build a snowman and go tubing both at the same time?"

She was the only one of the three who pretty much ran up the hill to slide down again and carried her tube every time and kept suggesting we start higher and higher

As for the big kids - Kaitlyn rivals Julianna in her love of sledding. Up and down, up and down - when I said we would be leaving soon she said, "But I've only gone down 14 times!" I think in 2 hours she had to have gone down close to 30 times and she wasn't doing the "bunny hill" either!

There she goes!

Caleb enjoyed sledding as well but he had a bumpier ride falling off his sled a few times - but bumps and bruises didn't stop him from going again and again. (Thank God there were no broken bones!)

Brother and sisterly love...

Speaking of brothers this was my brother's first real time in snow. He only wiped out once - his first time - but he survived and was willing to give it another try.

It looks like he enjoyed himself!

And yes, Kim got in on the act too and she loved it as much as the kids!

And the cute couple :) Aaaawww...

And the other girls?

Alyssa seemed to enjoy it though she HATED going up and down the slope with her tube, had trouble staying out of the way and preferred for everyone else to just do it for her even if that meant people she didn't know carrying her tube for her!

Little stinker but she sure is cute!

Rachel, as always, spent a lot of her time eating snow but she did actually enjoy going down the slope for a short time (though not nearly as much as the other two)

...and she enjoyed making snow angels!

Yes, Kirk and I got in the act a little bit too though I think Kirk enjoyed the bumps a little more than I did!

All in all it was a great day and we were thrilled to be able to share our snow with Uncle Daniel and Aunt Kim :)

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