I grew up in a small town in the southwest corner of Minnesota. There are things that I really miss about my hometown. There are things that I wish my children would have the chance to experience, but as for now they only get stories. Sometimes they don’t even believe my silly adventures growing up, especially when I tell them about snow. Snow to my children is some mysterious miracle that falls only at magical times. Last year when they saw their first REAL snowfall it was a celebration. For a small moment our family joined with the merriment of the neighbors and it was as if time stood still. I think in the distance I actually heard songs coming in unison from all the children everywhere. It really was magical. When I think of it, I sometimes get sad that my kids although enjoying many wonders of life, are missing out on some of the most amazing. I even find myself in awe of my own little adventures, things that people from the north would possibly take for granted, but being away from them they are truly fascinating.
This year, Tim and I decided that instead of buying gifts for Cobe and Cayden, we were going to do something fun and family orientated. We tossed few ideas around and then I asked Tim if we could do something with them that represented something from my childhood. We decided to take them snow tubing. It is funny to me, we actually paid money to do something I had access to almost my entire childhood, without paying a penny. And now, for me and my family, it was a novelty.
We woke up early (OK, early for Christmas break) and got bundled up with many layers. (Thanks to Tim’s Aunt Roxie we were somewhat prepared with snowpants and gloves.) Once halfway layered we piled into the car for the much anticipated ride. Tim’s parents came also!
Then we stopped and got breakfast. Starbucks for me! Sheetz for the rest of the gang!
When we arrived at Wintergreen Resort the kids were squealing with excitement. They could hardly stand waiting, but we had to finish our mission with our many layers of clothing. Soon it was finally time to complete this journey.
We had another surprise for the kids. Some of Tim’s family decided to meet us there. His Uncle Steve, Aunt Denise, Aunt Susie, Cousin David, Spencer and Stephanie all joined us and it was quite a treat.
When we got to the tubing slopes my kids were so excited. You know when you get so excited that you fill with this energy and you just want to shiver or giggle, or scream? Quite often, in my case, funny stuff gets said or done and it usually doesn’t make sense. Well this was the excitement that was boiling through the blood of two children who were in more snow than they had ever seen and it showed. In fact Cobe decided to turn to his (Tim’s) cousin and challenge him. He was so excited that he got all giddy and yelled “Spencer, you’re going down…D-O-W-E!!!!!” It was so funny and cute at the same time. I just found myself saturating the moment.
We had so much fun today!
Cayden and Cobe rode down with eachother….
with every cousin…with daddy…with Gigi…
and Grandad was there to capture every moment! Nothing like a proud Grandad!
Tim and I lassoed up ourselves a tube also. I found myself laughing, and screaming more today than I have in a while!
We concluded our adventure at a stop for lunch at McDonald’s. As you can see, my children love their (Tim’s) cousins. And Tim’s cousins take excellent care of our kids. It is so fun to be around family who LOVE family!
I also have to say that I love Tim’s parents…who are amazing troopers in everything we decide to do.
Tonight Tim and I looked at each other many times commenting on how much fun today was. I felt some fulfillment for providing for my children with something that was so much a part of me and my childhood. Getting caught up in their excitement (even when they spelled words wrong) was so satisfying and so contagious. I found myself feeling like I was a kid again…except this time, I didn’t take it for granted. This time, I stopped and just enjoyed what was in front of me. This is what life is about. My kids g0t plenty for Christmas, specifically from Tim and I, a memory that will last their lifetime, and that is priceless!!!!!