December 6, 2009

Mama, They Got It Right!

"The first fall of snow is not only an event, it is a magical event. You go to bed in one kind of a world and wake up in another quite different, and if this is not enchantment then where is it to be found?" ~J.B. Priestley

Today was that super magical morning that we woke to the first flakes of winter. Oddly enough, this is the third winter, in the eight we have lived here, that the first snow came on December 5th.

The first was in 2003 on the day we buried my grandmother. As we stood at her graveside the snow started coming down. By the time luncheon was over a blizzard kept us on the highway for 12 hours making the trip from New Jersey to our home. It was a glorious storm that we still talk of it with fondness.

The second was in 2007, just before Elisabeth was born. I remember it very well because my diabetes specialist and I had an appointment. She got stuck in traffic on the drive from Baltimore. Allen had taken time off to go to the appointment with me because of the weather. She was several hours late so Allen and I spent the morning and early afternoon Christmas shopping while we waited for her secretary to call and tell us she had made it to Frederick. What a fun treat to have an unexpected date in the middle of the day.

While the boys couldn't wait to get outdoors, Elisabeth was content to play with Little People.

When she decided to find out what all the excitement was, she found a better use for the Stable.

Where does the white go when the snow melts? ~Author Unknown

There's one good thing about snow, it makes your lawn look as nice as your neighbor's. ~Clyde Moore

A snowflake is one of God's most fragile creations, but look what they can do when they stick together! ~Author Unknown

Snowflakes are kisses from heaven. ~Author Unknown

"Kindness is like snow-it beautifies everything it covers."

“The Eskimos had fifty-two names for snow because it was important to them: there ought to be as many for love." Margaret Atwood

"His droll little mouth was drawn up like a bow, and the beard of his chin was as white as the snow." Clement Clarke Moore

"I have always had strong maternal instincts. Even when I was still a child I cut out pictures of prams from newspapers and imagined the feeling of pushing my own pram through fresh winter snow and seeing the wheels' tracks behind me in the snow." Agnetha Faltskog

"Sifted through the winds that blow, down comes the soft and silent snow, white petals from the flowers that grow." George W. Bungay

"Courtesies cannot be borrowed like snow shovels; you must have some of your own." John Wanamaker

“There is nothing in the world more beautiful than the forest clothed to its very hollows in snow. It is the still ecstasy of nature, wherein every spray, every blade of grass, every spire of reed, every intricacy of twig, is clad with radiance." William Sharp

Snowmen fall from heaven... unassembled. ~Author Unknown

When I no longer thrill to the first snow of the season, I'll know I'm growing old." Lady Bird Johnson

"We build statues out of snow, and weep to see them melt." Sir Walter Scott

After naps we had to go back out for a little more fun, even though it was dark.

Can you see that this snowman is at least six feet tall?

Well, they looked so photogenic. Yes, even though I was in my pajamas, I could not resist Sam's offer for a run or two down the hill.

And in case running down the hill in the sled was not exciting enough...



  1. We have that Little People Nativity also and love it so much! Very resourceful your girl was to use it as a stool! So funny the quote about snow making your lawn look just as nice as your neighbors!

  2. Snow! :) I just loved seeing all the photos of your adorable little ones peeking out the windows...brought a smile to my heart.

  3. The picture of Elisabeth standing on the stable brought back so many memories for me! We finally ahd to get rid of all toys that were higher than 6", as that's exactly what Ezekiel did with them too! lol

  4. I miss my kids being young and getting excited about the snow.

    Where do you live that you have only had 3 snows? I am in Wisconsin and we have about 4-5 months of snow a year....not that I like it at all! I would leave here for warmer weather if I could take all my family with and that will never happen. I guess I am here for life! But family is worth suffering out the 5 months of freezing weather every year.

  5. Oh that looks wonderful. We don't get snow like that- we get an inch or two thats gone by lunch. But if we are lucky it snows at my mums and we get snowed in, thats so lovely but very rare. Enjoy the snow its so magical!

  6. Kat,

    What beautiful pictures to go along with the memories that surround them. It's fun to look back and see how that first snowfall changes your outlook on the day for the better. We all get to remember what it's like to be a kid again.

    Love and Hugs ~ Kat

  7. Wow, I miss the snow. Saw it last year in Romania and a bit when we were in Prague, but not the same as being able to get out and play in it. Enchanting pictures, my dear. Next snowfall, ask Than to take a turn in that wagon for me.