The current weather today in Saint Olaf, Iowa is -1ºF ...yes that is a negative one degree Fahrenheit. (Don't worry, it's still very SunnyInSaintOlaf!) We have parts of the yard where we can see patches of grass, or prairie grass peeking out of the snow covered hills, and we have a three foot snow drift along one side of our house. CAN YOU IMAGINE MY EXCITEMENT! Okay, as most people in our area are sick of the snow, I am extremely excited about it! This is what I dreamt of as a kid and I just hope the novelty doesn't wear off!
Snow is one of those things people either love or hate. I for one, love it! Growing up in North Carolina, my brother and sister and I would get bundled up and excited over a flurry, jump up and down over a couple of inches, and go absolutely crazy the two or three times we had more than 5 inches of snow! Heck, it didn't even have to be snow, we'd be excited over ice! I'm not sure how my mom survived witnessing us sled from the top of the quarter-mile, steep, tree-covered hillside behind our house. I remember clearly the fear and excitement as we weaved between the trees flying down this hill and then throwing ourselves off the sleds just before they crashed into the creek at the bottom. Looking back it was probably not the safest of ideas, but it had to be safer than sledding down the stairs in our pillowcases with a wall at the bottom to "catch" us?! I remember one year when we had a couple of "large" snows in a row, we actually built a small round roofed structure in the front yard and called it our igloo. It was the coolest fort ever. Anytime we had enough snow to build a snowman of any size, we did. I think we loved building the snowmen because we knew that in a day or two, a week at the most, our snow would all be melted but our melted snow figure would last just a little bit longer. After we exhausted ourselves outside, we would come inside and throw our wet clothes into the dryer so they'd be ready for round two. We would cozy up in front of the fire, have lunch, sip hot chocolate, roast marshmallows, play games and eat snow cream. Snow days were magical.
While I plan to stay cozy inside for the majority of the next snow filled months, my neighbors may be surprised to drive by and see me out playing in the snow!
The only thing that would make playing in the snow better... if my brother and sister were here to play with us.
I hope you enjoyed this little trek down memory lane with me. Time to get ready for the Super Bowl! This year we will miss out on the annual Church/Family Super Bowl Party in NC, but looking forward to queso, chips and salsa, and watching from the couch with my hubby. What do you have planned for your Super Bowl Sunday? Any family/friend traditions?