Sunday, February 19, 2012


Tate has been very chattery lately. I usually cannot understand what he is saying to me. But there is no question he is talking. And putting words and ideas together.

His favorite things right now are:
  • "I got it."
  • "You hold it."
  • "Going?" (as in, "Where are we going?")
  • "No! THIS way!" (as in, "Don't turn the car that way, turn it this way!")
and, of course:
  • "Why?"
I have been wanting to take the kids tubing in the snow for a while. They are off this week for President's week, but alas, I am not. So I decided we should go this weekend to Big Bear. But then I came down with the flu, and I have been playing catch up ever since. Luckily, some friends of ours suggested we head out to Mt. Laguna instead (a one hour drive instead of a 3-hour drive)- and they even loaned us a sled! It was perfect for introducing the kids to snow.

Parking only cost $5, and we got a great spot at a picnic area.
The kids had an absolute blast sledding. Someone long before us had built up a little ramp, and when the sled went off it, the kids caught air. They laughed and laughed and laughed. Tate just kept screaming "PUN!" (We're still working on the "F" sound.)

Casey's hands got way too cold though, so we had to leave rather abruptly, after taking in a beautiful view of the desert below.

In very not-like-me fashion, we didn't really go with a plan, and didn't even pack lunch! We stopped at the Mt. Laguna lodge and bought the fixings for peanut butter and jelly sandwiches and had an impromptu snow picnic.

Casey and Jason had a brief snowball fight. Once, Marcie threw a snowball and it knocked Casey's snowball right out of the air! I can tell her softball practice is paying off!

Waiting to go sledding. Of course, when they actually went, they sat on the sled heading in the correct direction. The snow looks patchy in this picture. It was. But further up the hill, there were a few inches, and that was plenty. We didn't need a long run for the kids-- so this was perfect because they had a blast and didn't have to climb a super big hill.

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