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More Snowy Days!

February 11, 2010

We’re still getting hammered with the snow. I have no idea how it’s possible, but we STILL don’t have cabin fever. We are so very much enjoying the time together, especially with the quiet and stillness and the beautiful winter light from the snow.

We went for a special walk this evening and it was so fun to get outside. Usually I’m the one inside waiting with hot chocolate while John shovels and Mia plays. This was such a nice change and a reminder of simple things that make you feel so so so very good. 45 minutes outside in the snow was so refreshing that i felt like a new person – this is definitely another great reminder to get outside, even when it’s cold and snowy. I literally can’t believe how good it made me feel and I know that my kids must need that just as badly as we’re so engrossed in everything happening in our day-to-day inside winter lives.

Our walk outside tonight was an especially sweet time. Even before all of this snow, You Can Do It, Sam by Anita Jeram has been a favorite around here.

In case you don’t know the story, from the Amazon Editorial reviews,

  • “In this cozy picture book about a mother and son’s quiet adventures on a winter morning, Mrs. Bear (a very gentle-looking bear) builds up Sam’s confidence in a sweet and memorable way. Mom and Sam bake cakes together, and Sam is encouraged to deliver them to friends’ doorsteps. All by himself, through the newly fallen snow, he goes up to each door and leaves a “tasty surprise.” Then he runs back to Mom for a tender hug, his sense of accomplishment shining forth from the illustrations.

Today, Amelia asked if we could bake cookies. So we decided to bake them and take them to our neighbors, just like Sam. We took them to two neighbors – one neighbor who has been so fantastic and used his snow blower on our sidewalk  and another who is our most dear neighbor ever and lives alone next door. {Keep your eyes peeled for a special post all about her coming in the near future!}

In the spirit of the book, she was so excited to take her cookies to our neighbors. We took cookies, walked around down the middle of the street saying hello to everyone who was out shoveling, built a baby snowman, licked some snow…you know, normal snow-playing stuff. I still feel guilty that we haven’t gotten a sled for her. We don’t have a good sledding hill nearby that I’m aware of, but I know she’d love to just go for a walk being pulled on a sled. I think we’ll need to get on that after this snow melts so that we’re prepared next time!

Other fun: we took Nick outside in the snow for the first time! He wasn’t too thrilled, but it was also his bedtime and he was super sleepy. He’s the kind of baby that loves to just look around and take in everything around him to evaluate the situation, so he just looked around in awe before trying to take a dive out of my arms and into the snow.

Some other Snowy book suggestions:

The Snowy Day, by Ezra Jack Keats

The Mitten, by Jan Brett

Katy and the Big Snow, by Virginia Lee Burton

Owl Moon, by Jane Yolen

Snowflake Bentley, by Jacqueline Briggs Martin

p.s. The cookies? Pioneer Woman’s Oatmeal Crispies. OHMYGOODNESS. Try them RIGHT NOW!!

Any other suggestions for favorite books for children about snow?

3 Comments leave one →
  1. glendasikes permalink
    February 18, 2010 3:04 am

    Great snow pictures ^-^.

    Oh wow, those books bring back memories of when my kiddo was younger!! I actually miss reading picture books (which I didn’t realize until I saw this post)🙂.

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