Monday, January 21, 2013


I often forget American Holidays.  I found out late Saturday night that this was a "4 day weekend" - which for us means Sunday afternoon and Monday off. ::snort::  It was a pleasant surprise. 

My crazy family loves the cold. They love that tingling feeling just before their toes go numb...and they could think of no better way to spend the day than out in the snow.  I do remember having fun when we went cross country skiing at the we headed for the base's golf course. Free skis....and we were the only ones on the was beautiful. 

I love having young adults in the house! 
I missed my work out this morning. Michael assured me it wouldn't matter as I'd get a workout skiing...but I REMEMBERED the way I ski...not much of a workout...lots of falling and hefting back up.....I remembered the snow shoes the kids got me for my birthday when we lived in Anchorage. I should have remembered these much sooner.  Turns out I got a MUCH better workout than those gliding. I'm hoping I can move in the a.m. to chase the PCOC preschoolers. ::snort::

I wanted a photo of everyone ready to go! 

Sort of a slow start

For both of them...Stacia was more concerned with the fashion of it all at the beginning. 

Everyone was doing great by the end of the day. I heard a couple comment we should do this more often - and I have a plan. Since I have to be in Tuesday mornings...and I CAN drive on base where the roads are plowed....why not bring everyone in, spend an hour or two skiing or sledding, buy groceries and errands and be ready to come home at the COB day.....not every Tuesday but once or twice a month? 

We were ready for lunch at Lakeville Grille and I enjoyed my veggie calzone - no cheese - VERY MUCH....the kids asked about sledding and so we took them to the sledding hill. We plan to rent some snowboards so they can teach themselves.....I think this would be deserted on a Tuesday afternoon. 

The kids were ready to call it a day. We dropped them off at home and Michael and I headed to the beach. How I love the beach. What a blessing to be living on an island nation. 
The ocean is fantastic in EVERY season! 

Sun sets behind the snow-covered sand dunes

The younger two are playing wii. Michael and the older two just finished a game of LIFE. I made green jello with gummy fish in it, and fishy index cards....prepping for PCOC in the morning.  I just heard I have a conference call at 11 p.m. tonight....soooo......

It was a wonderful MLK day. 

Choosing Joy!
©2013 D.R.G.
~Coram Deo~
Living all of life before the face of God...


Deja said...

My heart skipped a I recognize your scarf?! Living in the Texas desert, but growing up in Upstate NY, I miss the snow justalittlebit. I think my kiddos would love it for a couple of days...but I'm too chicken to go to NY in the winter! Enjoy this last winter in Japan...who knows, maybe you'll be stationed in HI or FL or some other warm place around the globe...could be a really really long time before you see snow again ;-)

DeEtta @ Courageous Joy said...

YES you recognized those scarves. I think of your family and pray for you every time I put it on - BTW I wear it in the house most days too.

I LOVE the snow - beautiful. The cold and the ice I do not love...but I do keep thinking if we end up in the humid south we'll be happy to have had snow. I DO LOVE having four distinct seasons...the winter one is a bit long for my taste. LOL Spring and Fall should last much longer. LOL

Wild Homeschool Family said...

Looks like a cold but fun day. Your Tuesday plan sounds good.

DeEtta @ Courageous Joy said...

I can't wait to try the Tuesday plan one of these weeks.

Anonymous said...

Sis: Beautiful tree, mountains, dunes and all. I LOVE SNOW AND THE PICTURES ONE CAN GET AROUND IT. AND BEAUTIFUL PEOPLE! Must be we have snow in our bedroom cuz I often have to wear one of the scarves your girls made for me around my next at night so it does not hurt. :):):):):) love you all tons,,,,,praying for you all tons. mom t.