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sledding

Before we said goodbye to Nisia and before all the snow melted (both today) we went sledding.

Zion and Nisia going down the hill in snowtubes

it doesn't look like much, but it was fast

The light and fluffy snow of Saturday evening was much-stomped by Sunday sledders, so when he saw the hill Harvey was so discouraged he was about ready to head home. But I knew that some grass and leaves sticking up wouldn't slow us down any, because packed, sun-melted snow at 15 American degrees is about the fastest surface you could hope for. And so it proved.

Lijah stayed home with Grandma (and Cindy—thanks for the entertainment!) so I was able to concentrate on encouraging the bigger kids. And they all did great! Zion and Nisia stuck to the snow tubes (and the plastic toboggan with me), and took dozens of delighted runs down the big hill. They complained some about the walk up, but kept at it nevertheless. Harvey was fearless on both the plastic toboggan and the real one, which he got back on even after a ferocious crash into the stone wall at the bottom of the hill that left him with a scrape on his chin and a couple of sore teeth. If only we had been out after lunch instead of before it, we might have been there three hours instead of just one and a half.

Of course, I did some sledding too, and made it through the gap in the stone wall into the lower portion of the field by myself on the toboggan and with Zion on the plastic sled. I was pretty impressed with myself... I've still got it! Even Nelly took one run down, on a snowtube—she has video evidence if you don't believe it.

Nisia won't be back again til summer, but we hope the snow puts in another appearance—we had such a good time we'd hate for that to be our only sledding of the season!

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some sledding

Before the snow all melted, we got in a few sledding outings. The only problem with sledding is that it presents numerous difficulties to the photographer—the light's often bad, the subjects are moving quickly... and the photographer wants to be rolling in the snow, not standing around with the stupid camera! Of course, sometimes the cutest sledders stand still for a bit.

Lijah standing happily with the sleds

enjoying the outing

Other times, we just have to do our best. The boys have managed three major sledding days in the last two weeks of this crazy winter: one on the fabulous hills by Taya's house.

Zion headed away from the camera on the hill by Taya's house

with helpers at the bottom to stop him hitting the trees

Another with my parents at the hill of my youth.

Harvey and Zion sledding in the snow

together in all kinds of weather

And one more with me this Monday, before the temperature shot up 60°F (ok, only 35° from when we were actually outside sledding, but still) and the snow disappeared in short order.

Harvey coming down the hill

short and steep

The other disappointing thing about sledding pictures is how they never manage to show the slope of the hill properly. That last one is pretty steep.

Harvey and Zion appearing over the edge of the hill

coming back up the cliff

Just a few short years ago a bad day of sledding had me promising never to take the boys out again until Zion was seven. Obviously that was an idle threat, but it was also a misguided one, because they're now champions on the slopes (having the right gear helps.. thanks grandmas!). Even Lijah enjoys his few trips down the hill, and is happy to hang out with the big boys as long as they're having fun. Even when he gets sleepy... if you look carefully at the photo of Harvey up above you'll see the little one in the background about to tip over. Here's a close-up:

Lijah sitting on the toboggan, about to fall asleep and fall over

sledding is hard work

He was pretty much asleep with his eyes open at that point; when sat down with him and put him on my lap he cuddled right up and went to sleep. Then I put him in the car seat and enjoyed another 45 minutes of sledding with the big boys. We need to get it while we can!

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snowy days

our house under the first real snow of winter 2010-2011

winter is here

It finally snowed for real here in eastern Massachusetts, Sunday and Monday after Christmas. Harvey had seen snow before, obviously, but even by the end of last winter he was pretty much too young to enjoy it. That's all changed now!

As soon as the snow stopped on Monday we all rushed outside to try some sledding. We even drove over to Lexington to take a few runs down the old ancestral sledding hill ("The Piggy", as it's known). It was pretty cold and windy, so Harvey made sure to bundle up:

Harvey on the sled, bundled up against the cold

ready for anything!

Today we did some more sledding, in rather less extreme conditions:

We also built a snowman—we practically had to, given Harvey's love of all things snowman-related (it's thanks to the book, movie, and doll that he now points out snowmen on, for example, the promotional signs inside Whole Foods).

Harvey and Rascal with our snowman

mmm... pretzel eyes

Harvey can't really walk in the eight inches or so of snow that cover the lawn, but that doesn't mean he doesn't like it. Several times every day, whether outside or just looking out the window, he proclaims apropos of nothing: "snowy day!" Or as he has it, "Nowey Daiy!" I love it too, boyo.

our house, with Christmas lights, in the snow

cold and quiet

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