Throwback Thursday – Snow Day

Hi and Happy Thursday.  Today, January 25, I wanted to post a Throwback Thursday photo of Ian playing in the snow.  He was about 2 years old when this was taken.  He loved the snow and playing in it then and still does today.

We had a few snow days recently and had time to play in the snow, throw snowballs, and take a walk.  It was wonderful and just as precious as the day of this photo. We have been blessed by this wonderful soul who continues to amaze us each year.  We continue to be thankful for our family.

Today I am also thankful for:

  • Snow days with nowhere to have to be
  • Hot chocolate and giggles after playing in the snow
  • Toast with avocado for breakfast
  • Grilled cheese sandwiches and tomato soup
  • Movies at home on the couch
  • Days in pajamas and no makeup
  • Messy hair and extra cuddles
  • Working at home
  • Hot tea, hot coffee, and hot chocolate
  • Reading a favorite new book in three days
  • Library books
  • Family photos and memories
  • Time with friends and family
  • Laughter with loved ones
  • Walks home from school
  • Time to play
  • Time to relax
  • An active imagination
  • The wonder of childhood
  • The blessings of childhood
  • My family who taught me about respect, love, and kindness
  • Songs we love to sing
  • The love of learning and discovery

Hope you have a great day!  Hope you have time with your loved ones and stay healthy!  We know a lot of sickness is going around so we pray for health, rest, and quick recoveries.

Dusting of Snow

GEDSC DIGITAL CAMERAHappy Tuesday.  It seems that much of the country is covered in snow this morning.  We just got a dusting, which made everything so pretty.  Here are a few pictures that I took this morning. Have a great day and stay safe and warm!!GEDSC DIGITAL CAMERA GEDSC DIGITAL CAMERA GEDSC DIGITAL CAMERA GEDSC DIGITAL CAMERA GEDSC DIGITAL CAMERA GEDSC DIGITAL CAMERA

Hi and Happy Monday!

GEDSC DIGITAL CAMERAHi and Happy Monday!  Today is also President’s Day, which is a Federal holiday.  So banks are closed and no mail will be delivered.  Some school systems are out today, not ours.  Ian went today and was ready for a day of learning.

On Friday, school started two hours late.  This was a day after a snow day.  We took this picture on the snow day.  A selfie of Ian and Mommy.  On Friday, Ian traded Valentine’s cards with his classmates, teachers, and teaching assistant.  It was great that the entire class participated.  Ian wrote the cards by himself and did a great job with them.

That night, we had dinner at my parents that night and had a fun time.  It was great to spend Valentine’s Day with them.  My hubby game me some lovely roses that are multi-colored and some fabulous chocolate.

The rest of the weekend was super lazy!  It was so nice.  We stayed home and in our pjs or sweats all of Saturday and Sunday.  We watched some of our favorite shows, made Valentine’s Day cookies, and enjoyed a relaxing time.  It was great and so rare to come by these days.  On Saturday morning, I asked Ian what he wanted to do.  “I want to stay home and play Mommy,” was his reply.  I told him that was fine.

Sunday morning we were planning to go to church but then learned it was cancelled since even more snow had come in Saturday night. That was unexpected. The weather people had predicted snow flurries, but we got another 2 inches of snow.  Then by the afternoon, it all melted since the temperature was warm and the sun out most of the day.  Then this week it is supposed to be in the 60s.  Crazy weather, that’s for sure.

I spend part of the weekend reading, which I always enjoy.  Our books are due in another week back to the library, so I have got to get reading.  What I need to do is read some as I ride my stationary bike.  Speaking of exercise, I saw some photos of myself at my grandmother’s recent birthday party and did not like the way I look at all.

I majorly need to lose some weight!  I have too large an appetite and get too little exercise.  And, I eat when stressed or worried about things.  I really need to get a handle on this.  I would like to be back to a decent size by the summer and really down by my birthday.  However, I know it will take a while since it took a while to gain it.

Nothing like a bad photo to shove you into reality of what needs to change.  Right?!  I have been on this weight loss journey before and know what to do.  I just have to get up and do it.  So starting tomorrow, I am going to start exercising for 30 minutes for 5 or 6 days a week and then work my up to 45 minutes and an hour.  I am also going to work on less food and more healthy choices.  I bought a lot of fruits and veggies at the store today, so that should help.

Wish me luck!  I will need it to stay with it.  I realize that it has to be part of my lifestyle and not just a diet or for a short time.  I have some family and friends who have had amazing success and I hope to join them and once and for all, take the weight off and keep it off.

Take care and have a great Monday!

Snow Day Part 1

GEDSC DIGITAL CAMERAHi and Happy Wednesday!  I am writing from the southeast on a very cold and snowy morning.  And, guess what?  School’s Out!

Today is Ian’s first snow day.  So far it’s been too cold to go outside.  I told him that this afternoon, we will go out to play.  He wants to build a snowman and have a snow fight.  I will post those photos later.

This morning we woke up at the same time as a school day.  Ian was then ready to play inside with his toys, eat his breakfast, and is now having lunch — at his usual time.

Parents of young school-aged kids don’t get the benefit of sleeping in on a snow day.  Kids don’t seem to know the difference of a day off or not as far as the time to wake up goes.  I know those of you with little ones can totally relate.

This morning I took a few that I wanted to share.  I hope you like them.  It is lovely outside with the sun coming up! Our driveway and side road are still covered.  Not sure when that will go away or change and if I want to shovel it.  Too cold right now.  Sun, please do your stuff and start the melting process!

For all my friends and family in the south, stay warm and safe.  I just wonder if tomorrow will be another snow day?!  We’ll see.

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Throwback Thursday – Fun in the Snow

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAHi and Happy Thursday.  Today is throwback Thursday.

For today’s photo I decided to include a photo from when Ian was 2 years 3 months old.  We had snow in the neighborhood and went out to play in it.  Kirk drew Ian’s name in the snow with his foot.

Isn’t Ian a cutie?  My short and sweet little guy.  He was bundled up to play and have fun in the snow for a little while.  He was so excited and had never been in snow before.

Since then he has played in the snow a few more times but we haven’t seen much in his lifetime.  I am curious about what this year will bring.  Perhaps a chance for him to play in the snow again.

At the beginning of this week we had a dusting of snow but it has been steadily getting warmer as the week goes on.  It was way too cold and not enough snow to play in it this week.

I wonder when the next snowfall will be?  Will Ian get out of school?  Will it be okay to get out and play in?  Can’t wait to find out!

Yeah Spring!

I don’t know about you but I am beyond ready for spring!

I love when the weather starts to warm up and the trees again begin to bud.  The starkness of winter changes to the beauty and newness of spring.

Mother Nature this week didn’t quite cooperate with this change in season.  I have posted a few photos of the spring snow that I took this week.

The trees without leaves are beautiful to me with the snow and light of the rising sun.  What do you think?

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Each season has its own beauty.  These pictures capture that well, I think.

I had fun wandering around the yard the morning that the snow had fallen.  I took many pictures and these are just a few of them.

My photography skills are still being developed.  I do enjoy the practice.  Not only did I get some exercise, I also got to see the beauty of nature.

By afternoon, the snow was all melted, so it was a very short-lived system.  But, we did get to enjoy the beauty of the white snow blanket.

I wonder if we’ll have more snow before spring truly begins.  I guess we’ll have to wait and see.