snow: burns like fire or fun family playtime? experiment number two

Maggie didn’t make it out into the snow until she was almost two. Between the timing of her birthday and sicknesses and when the snow came that following winter, it just never worked out before then. But it was completely worth it, because I got what is probably Top 5 Favorite Pictures Ever As A Parent.

not liking this.

I mean, really. DRAMA. QUEEN.

She wasn’t a fan of the snow… and to be honest, three years later, she’s still not a fanatic about sled riding or throwing snowballs or building a snowman. I mean, she’ll do it, but she lasts about 30 minutes and then she’s done. Ready to go inside. The end.

She’s kind of a girly girl.

Anyway, so this weekend we finally had enough snow to make it worthwhile bundling everybody up and heading outside. It was Audrey’s first time playing in the snow (I don’t count last year when we took her outside for 5 minutes in her adorable but not really practical snowsuit for babies.) so I really wasn’t sure what to expect. We already know that Audrey is More Insane And Crazy than Maggie was at this age, but still: snow is cold and wet and might be kind of overwhelming for a 16 month old.

Sadly, I did not get any screamy-baby pictures of Audrey. Because she was pretty much digging it.


(and yes, that’s the same hat Maggie wore. aw.)

not sure about walking in the snow


She was a little bit unsure about walking in it, but she didn’t cry or act like we were burning her with fire or anything (I’M LOOKIN’ AT YOU, TODDLER-MAGGIE)


Although she was Zen Baby when it came to sled riding, which cracks me up. She looks so confused.

Audrey's first sled ride


it looks sweet, but 30 seconds later, she dumped Audrey face-first into the snow. THIS IS FUN, GUYS!

Maggie dumped Audrey into the snow face-first about a minute after I took this picture. She definitely wasn’t a fan of that.

But she sure looked cute in her little hat.


eyelashes. lordy.

Maggie, I’m happy to report, no longer screams in the snow. There is whining (because when you’re four, there is ALWAYS WHINING.) but overall, much fun was had.



heading back up

snowball fight!

And this last picture made me wheeze-laugh because: REALLY MAGGIE? The hill is about 4 feet long and you could see the grass. That level of excitement is probably a little bit much.


So! We got our snow fix. We’re done. WHEN IS SPRING?

watching Maggie


  1. TwoAdults

    January 17, 2012 4:12 pm

    Whenever they bundle up the toddlers at daycare to take them out on the playground it is HILARIOUS. They all look like cherub babies with delightful cheeks who are also stumbling and stone drunk.

    With snot.

  2. Erica

    January 18, 2012 10:11 am

    Beautiful pictures. Beautiful! And man, the whining is still going on at four? Because I have a lot here at two and you are basically telling me there is no end in sight.

  3. Kris

    January 18, 2012 12:44 pm

    As always, love the pictures. And your little ones just makes me want to munch on her, sooooo cute.

    FYI, the whining doesn’t stop at 4. But at 5 it now includes the great addition of “but, mooooooooooooooooom”…. awesome upgrade. You will love it.

  4. Jesabes

    January 18, 2012 1:20 pm

    Now I want to take Paul out in the snow and see what he thinks, but all we have for snow gear is a lot of very girly stuff. I imagine he’d LOVE pictures of that when he’s older.

  5. keli

    January 18, 2012 9:47 pm

    i mean, COME ON!! audrey walking in snow and maggie happy screaming while dan and audrey are soooo whatever. ohmygosh!

  6. Laura

    January 19, 2012 3:12 pm

    How funny is that!! They’re so cute.

  7. Michelle

    January 23, 2012 11:02 am

    I am so impressed that you bundled them up and took them outside. I look at their coats. Look at them. Look at the snow outside and think “That’s so much work. Who wants to play with Play-Doh?”

    And? Your girls are so adorable.

    • Jen

      January 23, 2012 11:18 am

      Oh it’s definitely not something we do every time it snows. LOL There is still way too much whining involved with getting all the layers! It always takes longer to get ready than they stay outside. GAH.

  8. Jim W.

    January 23, 2012 2:35 pm

    I just saw you on twitter and checked out your blog. Sooooo cute (the pics, not your blog, which is very nice, but not ‘cute’ per se)! It looks like your family lives in my plan.

    We just went sledding yesterday. A little too warm but it was great for snowball fights.

  9. X

    January 26, 2012 7:23 pm

    Lovely captures! How I wish we have snow here in our country, too. Your daughters are so adorable, beautiful and love your site. bookmarked! :)

  10. X

    January 26, 2012 7:25 pm

    by the way, what camera do you use, if i may ask?

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