Sunday, March 10, 2019

The creek ...

Saturday, March 9:  Not far from the sledding hill, just across the railroad tracks and down a hiking path is Mill Creek ... or is it Stoney Creek? I'm never sure! 
 And what is MORE FUN than hiking in the woods on a snowy day ... OR better yet (if you are a child), throwing ice and snow off a bridge into the laughing brook below?
 These two!
 They had such a blast on this bridge.

 I did pretty okay NOT panicking or scolding about them perhaps falling IN ... I could just picture HOW much colder I would have to get in order to retrieve them ...
 ... the creek is NOT deep, perhaps knee-deep ...
 Brendan and Kaity heaved snow, ice, and anything else they could find into the creek ... how big a splash could they make?



 Aren't they beautiful children?

 Oh my word ...



 Afterwards, we had pizza and hot chocolate at my house ...



So thankful for this wintery night ... 

The sledding hill

Saturday, March 9:  I've been talking to these two kiddos about sledding together for weeks now. I figured Saturday was kind of a now or never (for this year) deal. You see, I'm going to be out of town for about two weeks and perhaps, just maybe, the snow will be GONE by the time I return. 
 So Kaity and Brendan went sledding together on the sledding hill that is on the campgrounds at Maranatha Bible Church, off Lamoreaux. It's a great hill.
 Kaity said there was absolutely NO WAY she was going down the hill on a sled, no siree. Actually, is was about 4 weeks ago, one Thursday after school, that she actually DID do that very thing--AND--it was faster than she expected. She has further declined ALL using of sleds.
 Brendan, however, was determined to sled down and see how far he could go ...
 Kaity waited in the wings ...
 Brendan kept losing the sled before he actually hopped on it ...
 But FINALLY, he did indeed place his body ON the sled ... and look how far down the hill and across the field he landed! Oh my word!
 I think it might have been a little too fast for him too ... because, even though he did go down a few more times on the sled, getting it back up with hill was a challenge (it was a riot to watch). So, he finally joined Kaity's more practical notion of using his snow pants to careen him downhill.
 These guys had so much fun ...

 For quite awhile, they had the hill to themselves ...



 This summer, when it is burning hot, I'm going to pull up these pictures and remind them how COLD it was!

 Hi there, darling Brendan!


 Isn't this such a great hill?
 Kaity climbed to the tippy-top of the hill. I announced she was THE QUEEN. She smiled accordingly.
 Look how happy her face is!




Such a good memory ... cousins ... just enjoying life ...

Sweet Kaity-Girl

Thursday, March 7:  I picked up Kaity from school, we did a little last-minute shopping at Meijer's (which is always interesting with Kaity along), and then came back to the house to eat and to play.
 Kaity usually brings her baby-doll, but she didn't today! Instead, she played with baby Moses and Paco while I worked on a little dinner for us. Why the glum face, Kaity?
 We were actually talking about Paco giving baby Moses an ACTUAL piggy-back ride, which Paco accomplished in high fashion.
 But then I thought it would be fun to stuff baby Moses inside of Paco (baby Moses felt a little bit cold), but Kaity immediately "birthed" baby Moses--which was a bit weird for a pig to have a baby doll ...
 Kaity thought it was pretty amusing.

 We played some highly exhausting balloonn games for a little while ...

 ... and a few games of hide 'n seek too.
 But then we went to the play room and got some stuff out that we hadn't played with for awhile--the race cars and tracks--and Kaity brought her camping toys out to enjoy "the races" which was very fun.

 Kaity has a super good imagination. It's fun to watch her brain at work while she plays.

 We had a lot of fun together, for which I am always thankful.



 I love you so, Kaity!