Let it snow, let it snow . . .

January 4, 2010

by Jenni Sebora

It is what one could call an old fashioned winter. I personally gauge that on the amount of snowfall that we get.

When I was a child, I remember having enough snow that we could climb up our granary roof, which was a lean-to, and slide down it and land on the snow piles that were banked right at the bottom edge of the roof line. This winter, the snow is that high again.

I cannot remember the last Christmas holiday that it snowed like it has this winter. I personally love it, and so do my children. It has been a wonderful holiday vacation.

The temperature has not been arctic, so the snow can be enjoyed thoroughly. My three children have a snow fort in the making, equipped with a long tunnel that is in phase two of construction.

We have been sledding, snowball making, fishing, and snowmobiling-which includes pulling sleds and children behind-already this holiday. We have snow piles everywhere, which lend themselves to some mighty king-, queen-, and princess-of-the-hill games (since I have three children, two girls and a boy, we designate accordingly).

As children, my twin brother-and nieces and nephews that were generally the same age as us-and I played some mighty king- and queen-of-the-hill tournaments. We lived on the farm which, of course, housed mega snow piles everywhere.

Our farm abutted the Crow River, which provided our own skating rink. We also had a pasture area that was flooded each year and was turned into a skating rink for my older brother and his friends. The “town kids/teens”, as we called them, would head over to the rink and game after game would be played at our frozen pond.

When the temperature does turn arctic, the magic of winter can be enjoyed inside with the following snow globe creation. Needed supplies include, a larger baby food jar, white glitter (unless your child prefers snow of a different color), glue gun or other type of bonding material, small plastic figures or decorations, and cold water.

First wash out the jar and remove the label. Attach the figure or decorations to the inside of the jar lid with a bonding/gluing agent. Fill the jar one-half inch from the top with cold water; add the glitter. Screw the lid on the jar and allow it to set lid side-up overnight.

As a child, I always loved snow globes, and I now have a small collection of snow globe music boxes.

If temperatures remain relatively mild, creating spray snow art is another fun-in-the-snow activity. Fill spray bottles with colored water, created by adding some food coloring to the water, and create murals in the snow by spraying the water.

Our family is also planning on heading over to Baylor Park for some cross country skiing action. You can rent skis, and the trails provide some good skiing.

Now that it is a new year, which lends itself to all the personal possibilities, I found a fitting quote in my teacher tablet: “There are four steps to accomplishment: Plan purposefully. Prepare prayerfully. Proceed positively. Pursue persistently.”

Happy New Year and enjoy the snow. You might as well.