A little bit of snow

Filed under: Toddlers Preschoolers, Big Kids, Places To Go, Toys

We arrived at Lake Tahoe late yesterday afternoon, after an early morning packing frenzy and a long day parked on I-80. I have a very generous friend who graciously lets us stay at his house by the lake, so we've been going up every February for a week ever since Jared was born. We had planned to meet up with some friends for an afternoon of sledding, but they got off to an even later start than we did; we decided instead just to lay low at the house and get together with them in the morning.

Now, Rachel and I and her folks would have been more than happy to just sit around watching the lake from the living room, but Jared and Sara were desperate to get out and play in the snow. Luckily, there is a fair bit of snow right outside the house, so we bundled up the kids and let them loose on the hill by the side of the house.

They grabbed handfuls of snow and threw them into the air yelling "Cowabunga!". They climbed mounds of snow piled up on the side of the driveway. And then they found the bit of hill next to the front porch that we had used as a small sledding area two years ago. Jared slid down, tumbling and flopping about, completely on purpose. Sara picked a spot and stuck with it -- even though, each and every time, she went about five feet and plopped into a big hole. She'd then climb out, slide the rest of the way down, and then go back up and do it all over again.

It may not have been much, and probably would have bored kids from Minnesota to tears, but they had a blast.

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AdviceMama Says:
Start by teaching him that it is safe to do so.