snow, finally

Utah has had a terrible year for snow.  We are usually getting dump after dump of the white fluffy stuff but this year the resorts are open mainly because of man made snow. So sad. This has been a good thing for me, though. I normally would be really bummed about it but this year, it has been a blessing for my adventurous self. I couldn’t go snowboarding even if there was tons of feet of fresh snow in the mountains.

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This past weekend we finally got a little bit of snow. It wasn’t tons but it was enough to have to bust out the snow shovel and make some snow angels.

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On Presidents Day we decided to have a little family adventure. Snowshoeing. You’d think that because Jeremy and I are so outdoorsy that our kids would love it too but I guess it just comes down to being a personality things and not an exposure thing. There are always complaints when we tell the kids we’re going to go out hiking or something.

Why is that? Do your kids love getting out of doors?

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Once we get out and are the middle of it the kids (usually) end up having a pretty good time and making some fun memories. There was enough fluffy snow that the kids had fun “floating” on top with their snowshoes.

This particular trip had it’s ups-

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and it’s downs!

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We were so tired and cold by the time we reached the (frozen) waterfall that we barely stopped to take a look at it.

{Emma is looking over my shoulder right now and had a good laugh at that sad photo. She said “That’s funny. I did that on purpose! (meaning she wouldn’t smile for me.) I was so tired.”}

The hike took us much longer than expected. I hate to admit it but Jeremy and I were a bit worried about how to hike out of there. We were 2 miles from anywhere and the kids, the girls, in particular, were reaching the end of their toughness. Luckily for us Emma finished surprisingly strong. I was so proud of her.

Have you ever been stuck somewhere dreadful with kids and wondering how are earth you were going to get yourself out or who was going to rescue you? Not necessarily an outdoors experience. Maybe a lost child at a store or a terrible blow out and no clothes to change baby. It’s a terrible feeling as a parent to feel stuck. Sometimes someone kind will come along and help you or sometimes you have to just grit your teeth and bare it.

This day we had to grit our teeth and bare it.

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Pretty amazing site though.

I’ve never been so grateful to get back to my car in my life.

5 comments on snow, finally

  1. jessica
    February 21, 2012 at 6:26 pm (2 years ago)

    It always makes me laugh, because I think my kids would all trip over themselves to get to the car if we were all, “Hey! let’s go on a snow hike!” But a snow hike sounds like ten kinds of awful so I don’t even suggest it… let alone think of it. We should trade kids for a week. Ha ha.

    That’s a gorgeous waterfall though!

    I’m also laughing out loud at Emma’s sad face. Reminds me of you when you went through your “I hate the camera” stage.

    xo

  2. jodi
    February 21, 2012 at 6:44 pm (2 years ago)

    Isaac must have been too fast to photograph! Cute pictures. Looks beautiful, but looks can be deceiving when you’ve got children in tow, especially tired, unhappy ones. I know that stuck feeling all too well.

  3. happyscrapper
    February 21, 2012 at 6:53 pm (2 years ago)

    Would love to be able to hike there but I live in Texas and snow is extremely rare and frozen waterfalls rarer. Beautiful place. Thank you for sharing. I’ve been on one family hike like yours where you begin to wonder how or if you’ll ever make it out. I was 8 months pregnant and had a 4 year old son. It was getting dark and Dad was beginning to think this “short” walk thru the woods on an old logging road was never going end. We knew we had come too far to turn around, but maybe it was the best option? Pulled out that last bit of reserve, soldiered on and made it home just as real dark hit. Something we talk about still.

  4. Lindsey
    February 22, 2012 at 5:25 pm (2 years ago)

    One of my favorite memories was going cross country skiing with my family, but some of my siblings were not as excited :) My Dad now tries to brave a snowshoeing trip with each of the grandkids every winter. Some love the hike and some just love the snacks and hot chocolate that Papa brings along!

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