We had our first “real snow” a couple weeks ago. It was absolutely magical and terrifying at the same time. We had a few small flurries that melted before they hit the ground before then that were neat but literally you had to squint to see the snowflakes. Haha. Growing up in Southern California we would visit the snow in the local mountains annually and I would go skiing every spring break with my aunt and uncle to either Mammoth or Lake Tahoe. So this whole snow thing isn’t new to me or Atom. He actually lived in the mountains when he was in second grade for one year so he was pretty young but he has a photographic memory (which is a blessing and a curse) and can tell you every detail about it.
The weekend we were forecasted to get our first real measurable snowfall was my work weekend at the hospital. Lucky me. Literally up until this point I had never in my life driven in snow or ice (as I’ve mentioned in my previous post). I’ll admit I was a bit bummed that I was going to miss our daughters first experience with snow. However I was so thankful for technology and knew Atom would get so many photos and video and we would have the rest of winter to make up for it. Our boys had seen snow a few times already from a couple previous trips to the Southern California mountains in previous years.
I had been watching the forecast like a hawk, something I was quickly realizing was hilarious because it literally changed by the hour and was in no way accurate. Saturday morning I had set my alarm 30 min earlier than usual to give myself ample time just in case I needed it for my whopping one mile commute to work if it was snowing (I know I know). I got myself all bundled up and opened the front door and let out a literal gasp. IT. WAS. BEAUTIFUL!!!!!! The sun hadn’t even come up yet but it was just light enough to see the huge fluffy snowflakes falling lightly around me and it was just a light dusting on the ground. I am so glad I got up early so I had this moment to just be still. I was the only one up & outside at this time on a Saturday morning. You guys I was in tears it was such a moving moment for me. It was different. This time was different. Yes I’ve seen snow so many times before growing up and as an adult on vacations and such but something about this time felt so real. Probably because in a way it was like I really was experiencing it for the first time as a person living here. Living in a place that has all four seasons.
Then it was time to REALLY experience a first. DRIVING IN SNOW. Thankfully it wasn’t a lot of snow. It was lightly coming down & the roads weren’t bad at all. I went super slow and being a weekend I was basically the only car on the road & I made it there just fine. Yay! My coworkers laughed as I skipped outside more times as I could count during the morning to dance around as it was snowing.
Atom sent me some photos from the first round of snow on Saturday when I was at work.
The snow tapered off that morning and then it started to pick up that afternoon & I’d be lying if I’d say I didn’t start to panic a little bit that night when reality set in that I would indeed have to drive home that night with much more snow and now ice on the ground. I’m not an anxious person by any means but I was getting pretty nervous. I got some really good pep talks from my coworkers and fantastic advice and went really slow and pushed the snow button on my suv (thank God we upgraded to a 4×4 vehicle before we moved here) and I made it home okay. My legs were jello when I stepped out of my suv because my whole body was so tensed up the whole way home. I had Atom drive me to work on Sunday. I’m so glad I did. The roads in town were basically a solid block of ice at 6am. I know eventually I’ll be okay & I will become okay with driving in snow & ice but I really need to find an empty parking lot (larger than mine) and learn how to safely correct and all that stuff. That is on the absolute top of my to do list for the next freeze.
Our kids wanted to spend basically that entire weekend playing in the snow and after a quick trip to the store to outfit all 3 of them from head to toe in snow gear (sorry kids- you can’t wear flip flops in the snow) they were as toasty as can be. Some of the neighborhood kids came over and they all had a great time playing together. They used their snowball molds that my parents got them (which apparently took some quick work by the dads because there wasn’t *that* much snow so they used the snow shovels to create piles of snow so they could create snowballs) to have a snowball fight and make snow angels. Or if you’re Atom, just take a nap in the middle of the frozen parking lot.
Stewart wasn’t too sure what to make of this cold white stuff.
Atom has been a busy bee working on sewing some snowsuits for Stewart for when we take him for his nightly walks around the block when it gets really cold. He definitely isn’t a fan of the colder temperatures here. He’s a Southern California pup at heart. Haha. He especially likes his buffalo plaid long sleeved pajamas. Spoiled pup. Also, he’s overdue for a haircut.
Hard to believe Christmas is one week from today! Time is just flying by! This is definitely a busy time of year for everyone. I remember Atom & I talking about how we weren’t sure how Christmas would look for us here this year because we wouldn’t be near our extended family. To our surprise we have kept pretty darn busy! Our little princess turned four this past week and we had a small party with some of our new friends and neighbors. They helped us spoil her and make her feel special. Afterwards the adults continued our newish biweekly tradition of game night that has been a source of a lot of fun and laughter for the past couple months.
Today after the kids got home from school, our oldest & I came down to the kitchen and baked some Chex mix which has become one of our favorite holiday traditions. It is in the oven as we speak and smells so good. He went back up stairs to finish his homework while I’m waiting on the timer to ding and I’m sitting still just reflecting on this verse from Psalm 46:10,
Jesus said, “Be still, and know that I am God; I will be exalted among the nations, I will be exalted in the earth.”
When things seem to get super hectic and out of control it’s a good reminder to just be still. Take a moment, like I did in the snow.
We will be spending Christmas as just our little family for the first time ever this year. For as long as I can remember we have spent it with my extended family. It definitely stings to be so far away this year. There will probably be tears. As a matter of fact there are tears as I’m writing this very sentence. I can’t help it. I’m human and I love the dickens out of my family. But I tell you one thing, my family is AMAZING. Like seriously I couldn’t have asked God for a better family if I tried. They have made the transition here better than I could have imagined. The letters, care packages, surprise visits, FaceTime calls to the kids, texts, I could go on & on.
We will be starting some new family traditions of our own in addition to continuing some traditions from both of our childhoods. Atom will be making his grandmothers orange cinnamon rolls from scratch for breakfast Christmas morning and there will be some sort of movie marathon upstairs on the third floor (movies TBA). We will attend Christmas Eve services at The Well church where I’ll be playing guitar with the worship team (join us at 11am!)
Unfortunately it doesn’t look like we will have a white Christmas this year according to the forecast but it’s definitely true the saying that if you don’t like the weather in Indiana, wait 15 minutes because it will change!
Merry Christmas friends! Wishing you the most wonderful holiday and joyous season!
“For to us a child is born, to us a son is given, and the government will be on his shoulders. And he will be called Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace.” -Isaiah 9:6