Written by Jennifer Haler
January 31, 2014
We finally had some snow fall and stick around. I love having four distinct seasons and I miss the snow when we don’t have it. I can’t tell you how much I was hoping for a snow day to be called. I realize that hoping for a snow day may not the most responsible thing to do but I wanted it anyways. I love hanging out with my kids and we had not had any chance to do any playing in the snow this year. Sadly no snow day was called, so we had to be responsible and send the kids to school.
Once home the kids snacked, did homework as fast as they could and then we geared up. Knowing that we didn't have lot of time since there was still dinner, showers, and a decent bed time to do for school the next day we got down to it.
We had the absolute best, hour long snowball fight in our front yard. There were many tackles, much snow in the face and down the back, tripping over the excited dog, laughter, and fun. We were outside while the sun was low on the horizon until after dark enjoying the fresh crisp air.
While playing I felt a short moment of sadness when I thought of our beloved dog who passed away very recently. We had him before the kids and he went everywhere with us. One of his favorite activities was playing in the snow. He would run with us, catch snowballs, chase people and roll it. I miss him greatly. Although this made me somber for a moment it couldn't take away from the immense joy I felt for being able to spend some good quality time with my family.
As it began getting darker I took a minute to lay in the snow (not for too long, we were still playing) but I couldn't help stopping and taking the chance to look up at the beautiful stars glowing in the sky, the moonlight reflecting off the snow in the trees, and smelling that fresh snow smell; l could hear the smile on my children’s faces in their laughter. It was one of those wonderful moments I know will last in my memories forever. I did have to get up quickly to avoid getting dumped with snow but I enjoyed it while I could.
We came in cold and happy with everyone’s cheeks flushed pink. The sight of all the snow gear dripping and drying in front of the fireplace continued to make me smile the rest of the evening.
I love spending time with my family doing all the wonderful activities in the Inland Northwest.