Sunday, January 20, 2008

Snow Day

Snow Day


Yesterday, the Playfriends and Playkids had a grand adventure. A highly anticipated adventure that wasn't totally planned and set in concrete with schedules and lists and a writing-related theme. We had a SNOW DAY!


We had the deepest honor and pleasure of driving to Maven Linda Howard's farm, where we got to meet the cows. (See them in the background?)


Roast marshmallows, eat corn chowder, cornbread, and lemon squares.

But most of all, do lots of this:


and this:


Nope, we didn't get any natural snow here in Alabama, though they were predicting it over the weekend. Instead, Maven Linda and her husband set up the snow machine (in the wee hours of the night, I might add) and iced a hill for us and our children to come play on. Since neither of my children have ever seen a really good snow, much less gotten to sled, it was a wonderful (if somewhat exhausting) time.

It was oh, so much, fun! By the end of the day I was tired, cranky, cold, and did I mention tired? But it was so worth it. I haven't slid down a hill since I was in my teens (I'm sure my body will thank me for it in the morning). To enjoy this time with close friends made it special. And to have a friend be willing to go to the trouble of opening her house and losing sleep for us was extra special.

Talk about making some exciting, unique memories. Playfriend Snowday in Alabama!

What's the most exciting, unusual memory you've made lately?



Jen said...

Oh, how much fun!! Love the pics.

Rhonda Nelson said...

Oh, how fun! Looks like ya'll had a great time!

Playground Monitor said...

Oh gosh it was so much fun! And while I slid a couple times and really enjoyed it, the biggest fun was watching the kids. All the squeals and great big grins were worth frozen toes and being totally exhausted when I got home. I never did get that hot bath I talked about. I just put on my jammies and fell into bed after I downloaded all my photos.

What great memories we made. And I'd never met a cow before.


Lynn Raye Harris said...

Uh, that looks COLD. My inner island-girl is cringing. :) Looks like you had fun though! I made the mistake of going somewhere yesterday. Had no idea it was so cold out until I parked at Target and got out of the car. Eeek!

Maven Linda said...

I just took the dogs for a walk, and saw nine of the calves cuddled together in a big heap on a pile of hay, with Thumblelina right in the middle of them :-). Our little Christmas Calf knows how to stay warm.

For those of you who haven't heard the tale of Thumblelina the Christmas Calf, she was born prematurely on Christmas Day, and was so tiny she couldn't nurse. The hubby and oldest son bought some baby bottles (she was too tiny for a calf bottle!) and took turns feeding her a bottle every two hours. By the third bottle she was up walking around, and the mama cow, who had never before let anyone near one of her babies, was licking their hands as they fed the calf, as if she knew they were helping. By the next day, the cow had milk, and Thumblelina was strong enough to nurse from her mama, who then promptly made the humans leave her baby alone. Even now, at almost a month old, Thumbelina is much smaller than even the calves that have just been born, but she's active and running around all over the place.

The Playkids had heard about the Christmas Calf and they all wanted to see her. For a while there, while we were in the pasture, I thought the Playfriends and Playkids were about to get closer to the cows than they wanted to be :-).

Yesterday was so much fun, and I fell into bed at nine o'clock last night.

Instigator said...

Yesterday was a blast!!! The girls had so much fun playing in the snow. It made me so happy to see them enjoying a winter pastime that I used to enjoy as a kid.

Maybe later this week I'll be able to upload some video I got of everyone sledding.


Problem Child said...

AC was totally pooped, but talking a mile a minute to DG all about her day. (Wonder where she gets that from?)

I need to send a note to school with her tomorrow that says, "AC is not making stuff up. We really do know people who will make snow so she can go sledding. Really."

I think Maven Linda's dogs were pretty pooped too.

Smarty Pants said...

I went home, climbed into my bath tub and thawed out. Then my pups and I watched law and order and went to bed. I was pooped. But it was fun! DB can't wait to see the pictures, especially of the backhoe, I can assure you.

I'd never been sledding before, so this was a treat. Thanks, Linda.

Maven LJ said...

What fun! Love the pictures. :-)


Lynn Raye Harris said...

Awwww, I'm so glad the little Christmas Calf is doing well!! Isn't it amazing how some animals know when you are really helping them? :) Such a sweet and hopeful story. :)

Barbara Vey said...

I loved the pictures and seeing the cow reminded me of Linda's story at M&M about one of their cows stuck in the mud, which made me smile. Then I read her comment about Thumblelina and had tears (never had tears reading a blog comment before).

Anyway, I'm glad you all got to experience the snow and the pictures looked like great fun.

If you're ever in Wisconsin in the winter, stop by my house and you can sled all you want. We might have to drive a couple of miles to see the cows though.

Playground Monitor said...

Can't believe we forgot to mention Linda made snow cream. Yum! I haven't had it in ages and there's just something about it that's better than ice cream.


Anonymous said...

Okay - first off - i'm jealous! To actually live near Linda Howard...whom i've only met once, is one of the world's greatest gifts. Can you tell i'm a big fan??? Have all the books, etc...

Anyway, it sounds like you had a blast. I watched both football games and my team is heading to the Super Bowl...Go Giants!!! And i did some writing, which was nice. The house was quiet, no one but me home. I like that.

One quick question. What's snow cream? Can you tell i'm from a big city???

Nini :)

Playground Monitor said...

Snow cream is like ice cream made from snow. You mix milk, vanilla extract and sugar together and then fold in fresh snow. It tastes kinda like vanilla ice cream but the consistency is completely different.


Anonymous said...

Sounds kind of neat. I'll have to try it next time before the animals go and make it yellow snow.

Nini :)

Angel said...

Oh, yeah! Forgot about the snow cream. I haven't had it since I was a teenager, so that was very nostalgic for me.

My kids are still talking today about the cows and sledding. They loved the innertube(?) made for snow. That thing would fly!

And Thumbelina was so cute! She's still so tiny compared to the other cows.

Lynn, it was cold! But we went prepared with lots of clothes, shoes, gloves, etc. But Riley and I still got a bit of windburn on our cheeks and noses. Without snow, there isn't really a good reason to get out in the cold. :)

Nini, we do consider ourselves very blessed to live near Linda. And for her to enjoy our company. And to not earn the "death stare"...