We worked on some schoolwork this morning, while the sun warmed up the skies a bit before we headed to the park to go sledding. And it was COLD and windy at the sledding hill, but we had a ton of fun! I have always heard that Southeastway Park has the best sledding hill, and I knew which one they were talking about, but had never taken the kids there because they weren't big enough. But boy is it big! And today it was super fast! The snow was compacted down a ton and the rain/sleet mixture underneath made it a bit icy. But we made it up and down the hill lots of times! Abishai, oh Abishai, climbed the hill all by himself! He wanted to slide down from the very top after starting from halfway up the first time. He always went with Justin, just for safety in case he crashed. But they didn't tip over once! And Abishai LOVED it! At one point, I was at the top of the hill to take pictures and videos but I wasn't sure how I was going to get down. I kind of panicked and convinced Abishai to go with me on the other side of the hill which still had some fluffy snow to step in and wasn't has tall. Then we walked around the hill and back to the car, because at that a point, his face was very cold and he even said he was tired and wanted blankie and paci. In fact, while the other two kids played for about 20 minutes more, Abishai fell asleep in his car seat! And this is what Canadians do! They get out and ENJOY the weather. I don't think the snow is going to stick around long enough to take Benaiah and Jared on another day. We have other commitments the next two days and it's supposed to be up to the 50's on Sunday again. Maybe next round. And this was the second day this week that Abishai hadn't had a good nap. I hope he gets one tomorrow after another indoor playground playdate.
Next week we have a very special visit to the Indiana State House for the Homeschool Day at the State House where any homeschoolers in Indiana are invited to come, take a tour, listen to speakers, talk to their congressmen and women, and learn about state government. I won't debate it on here, but in recent news, there was a story involved abuse in a homeschooling family in California and now the media is up in arms enticing people to say homeschoolers nationwide need to be more regulated. So it's crucial we stay involved in local politics, support organizations that defend our rights, and let our voices be known. I'm super excited about this opportunity as I remember well when I was allowed to be a page on the Senate floor of the New Hampshire legislature through a program called TeenPact. I believe it was open to all students as well. Fun fact. New Hampshire's state house is the oldest state house still in regular use in the nation! Since it was one of the original 13 colonies, that means it's been around for over 200 years! Same building, with some upgrades and upkeep. And it's got a beautiful gold dome, too. Very fond memories there! More to come next week!
Back to sledding. Here are the pics and vids to prove it!
|Playtime with the new snow tube! Isn't it the cutest snow tube ever?|
|Buddies, again, enjoying sledding to the max!|
|But today, it's 22 degrees, with a windchill, and bright blue skies and it's gorgeous!|
|The big climb up and around the hill tuckered this little guy out!|
|This was the scene nearly 3 years ago! Yes, this is 4 day old Abishai in a snow suit on a sled! So adorable!|
|Oh my goodness, what a doll! I cannot believe he'll be 3 years old soon!|
|Throwback Thursday to what a REAL snowstorm looks like! The winter of 2014/2015 where 13 feet of snow fell! This is a couple of feet of snow plus drifting. And this was 10 days before Abishai was born.|
|And now back to today. Yes, Abishai, Keturah, Justin and I all climbed THIS HUGE HILL! And it was super slippery and super fast! I'll be loading up a video to show you! This is Keturah coming down I think.|
|I'm so glad we bought the more expensive sled! You can have two people sit on it, or you can ride down on your belly. She screamed the whole way down!|
|Going up again!|
|I let the kids sled without me for a little while. Justin is 12 now, which is babysitting age, but I could also clearly see them from the car.|
|It's cold Mommy, I'm tired. These snow suit has footies on it that you can't detach, so they are pinned up.|
|Ready, set, go!|
|The run was so fast, but not too bumpy, that they kept sliding into the reeds!|
|The view from the top of the hill! That's our vans way down there! It was a good walk just to get to the bottom of the hill. But thankfully, Abishai walked the whole way to the hill and back.|