It snowed last night - I'm guessing three to four inches. Our wonderful next door neighbor already plowed most of our driveway. So on my way out to grab the newspaper, I had to clear only the sidewalk.
"Awww," AJ complained when he saw what I'd done. "I wanted to shovel."
Can you tell it's the first measurable snowfall of the year?
I reminded him there was still the area right outside the garage that needed to be cleared, and so after breakfast, the kids excitedly geared up in snow pants and boots and headed out the door. Knowing how they think and hoping to head off the disappointment early, I warned, "It's really fluffy snow. It's not the kind that works good for snowballs and snowmen."
I could have saved my breath.
Ten minutes later, Sydney was pounding on the front door. She can't turn the handle with her mittens on, and would never think to take her mittens off. I answered the door.
"Mom! We're making a snowman! I need stuff for it." ("Stuff" is code word for a carrot and whatever else can serve as facial features.)
"I told you, this snow is not going to work for that. Go play something else."
I returned to the kitchen where I was attempting to make my first ever apple pie from scratch. Two minutes later Sydney was back, pounding on the front door.
"Mom! We're going to use stuff outside to make the snowman."
"Okay." (Did I need to know that?) "Come get me when you've got something for me to see."
Back to peeling apples.
A few minutes later, more pounding. "Mom! We made a snowman, but we need a carrot!"
This I had to see. I grabbed a baby carrot and a red gummy worm. And my camera and boots. Sydney was excitedly waiting outside the garage. "We named it ..."
I couldn't understand the name. It sounded like either Alice or island. I was distracted by the sight of the driveway.
"I shoveled it!" Sydney told me proudly.
"Yeah, I can sure see that."
Around the corner we walked. And there was the snowman.
"It's kind of puny," AJ admitted.
"Puny" doesn't begin to describe the small mound of snow, half of which tipped over from the weight of the baby carrot.
AJ restacked with slightly better success.
"We named it 'eyeless'. Because it has no eyes," AJ said.
But of course.
They went on to build another snowman. And Sydney came running back inside several more times in search of "stuff". They named the new one Larry. For no particular reason.
I went back to baking my pie. It turned out like this:
I have happy, healthy, imaginative (and at least for this morning - cooperative) children. A wonderful husband who doesn't have to work today. A mostly shoveled driveway. And pie.
How could I not be thankful?