Jessica was at the window, looking out under the curtains, when I woke up that morning. She doesn’t normally do that, I thought. Unless… yes, I was right – snow! Big flakes of snow falling outside. The back garden was already covered with a thin layer of freshly fallen snow. Daylight was only just starting to make an appearance, but my first thought was that we had to get out there – now – and enjoy the snow while it lasted!
“Wake up! Wake up!” I called to Sophie, “It’s snowing!”
We don’t often get snow where we live. The last time we had snow that settled was almost two years ago. The forecast for later that morning was supposed to be for rain. I didn’t want to wait in case the snow disappeared as quickly as it had arrived. We put jumpers and coats over our pyjamas, pulled on wellies, hats and gloves and ran outside.
Sophie was quite fascinated by the snow falling from the sky. I’m not sure if she really remembered the last time we had snow. Catching snowflakes is a magical experience though no matter how old you are. I certainly had just as much fun as the girls did holding out my hands and watching the snowflakes land on my gloves.
We managed to build a mini snowman (which looked more like a snowbird) before Jessica got too cold and wanted to go back indoors.
There wasn’t much opportunity to go back out in the snow for the rest of the morning. We had to go out to church later that morning. It was Sophie’s first church parade service as an Explorer in the Girls’ Brigade. She was very excited to be going to church in her new uniform although she did look very little next to the other girls!
I should have remembered to pack their wellies in the car really as their school shoes weren’t the best for playing out in the snow. Not that it bothered either of them in the slightest. As soon as church finished, they were back outside again, having a wonderful time. They brushed the snow off the bushes and threw snowballs. Jessica wasn’t very impressed when a well-aimed snowball from Sophie caught her in the face though. We stuck to throwing them at brick walls and car park signs after that!
We’d been invited for a turkey dinner at church after the service. By the time we’d finished the meal and headed back home again, it was starting to get dark. Jessica was tired and didn’t want to go back out in the snow. Sophie was eager to play in it for a while. She made snow angels for the first time and I helped her build a couple of snowmen.
Jessica had a snow day the next day. Sophie’s preschool was open and just a short walk away. She was quite happy to go off to preschool as normal. Jessica was quite excited at the prospect of having some “Mummy-Jessica time” – she doesn’t get me all to herself very often. The walk to preschool was quite slippery. I loved how Sophie took Jessica’s hand to help steady her – “Don’t worry Jessica, I will help you. Hold my hand.”
I had a little surprise for Jessica when we got home. I’d made “ice diamonds” (as Jessica called them” the night before by filling a balloon with water and food colouring and freezing it. While Jessica was warming up from the preschool run, I removed the balloons and put the coloured ice balls next to the snowman for her to find. She hadn’t been too keen about going back out in the cold but finding the ice diamonds made it more appealing!
It had started to rain and the snow in the garden was melting away. Jessica wanted me to put the ice diamonds in the freezer so that Sophie could see them when she came home from preschool. Thankfully there was still enough snow left in the garden to play with when Sophie came home and she loved the ice diamonds too.
The snow only really lasted a couple of days before it started to melt away into horrible grey slush, but it was fun while it lasted. I love how everything looks so pretty when the snow covers it. The girls had so much fun playing in it and it was wonderful to see the magic of a snowy day through their eyes.