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our front yard friend

December 11, 2012

When the weather predicted snow for the weekend, we knew we had to take advantage of it before we head to Texas for Christmas (where we plan to do other wintry things such as apply SPF 50 and grill-out).

In years past, Sam’s cold-weather tolerance waned around minute ten. This year, however, we had to allure him inside with the promise of hot chocolate and homemade whipped cream.

To our great delight, Sam was more than involved in the building of the snowman. He tirelessly shoveled (with the help of his Dad and brother), rolled, shaped, re-shaped, and dressed our beloved front yard friend.

He surprisingly took a strong interest in the buttons, scarf, and hat that his snowman would wear, as well as the naming of the snowman (“Mr. Snowman”) while requesting that his friend face toward the house so he could keep an eye on him throughout the day (which he did) from the front door. I periodically heard, “He’s still alive! He’s not melted! He didn’t die, mom!”

Peter admired Sam’s work as if it was a masterpiece. And it was. We just didn’t have the heart to tell Sam that his “masterpiece” looked a bit more like a chain smoker than we were hoping.

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7 Comments leave one →
  1. Jane H permalink
    December 11, 2012 8:50 am

    It was really, really snowy. Where do you live? It looks as though everyone was having a great time. Love those rosy cheeks and red noses. I’m betting the hot chocolate tasted good. Merry Christmas!

  2. December 11, 2012 9:22 am

    Your hot cocoa looks delish! Please share the recipe!

  3. Penny Kipp permalink
    December 11, 2012 9:44 am

    I want to come live with you this winter. Great pictures!! So pretty.

  4. December 11, 2012 11:05 am

    so pretty and so fun! I love how Sam is getting into more things now that he’s older. cutie boys.

  5. Susie T permalink
    December 11, 2012 5:13 pm

    What lovely photos of your family, and that winter scene w/ the tree as a centerpiece is award winning!

    Merry Christmas!

  6. Sandy Smith permalink
    December 12, 2012 8:03 pm

    Gorgeous!!! I would love to see YOU in at least one picture!

  7. January 12, 2013 10:24 am

    These pictures (especially the ones of Peter and the snowman) look like they should be in a children’s storybook. They’re perfect.

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