However, this morning as I looked at the snow & I felt the excitement of my children...SNOW and a DAY OFF....I thought about the kind of mom I want to be, the kind of mom I often think about. I want to be a fun mom. Do you know that it's probably been years since I actually went out and PLAYED in the snow with my boys. Oh, I've stood there & watched sometimes or ran outside to snap a few pictures, but usually I just watch from the kitchen window inside my nice, warm house.
I recently read a story that someone had linked to on Facebook. I won't go through the whole story here. But suffice to say it was one of those that are touching...and maybe just a little sappy. But, the part of the story that really stuck with me was a mom who decided to run & dance in the rain with her daughter. I want to be the kind of mom who dances in the rain with her children. Or for that matter, who plays in the snow & screams her head off while sledding down the hill with them.
So what was I waiting for?
I threw on my boots & put a pair of sweat pants over my jeans because I don't have a proper pair of snowpants. Thankfully I DO have a good winter jacket my parents bought me for Christmas a couple years back. I couldn't find my hat & gloves so I grabbed an extra hat & pair of gloves that belong to my boys (Ugh! How are they big enough that I can wear some of their things now?) And out I went.
A couple of my boys were already planning to head out again. Another one was planning on staying in for a bit. He had just come back inside. But, when I announced that I was heading out with them, there was a bit of disbelief at first. But, then they ALL ran for their snow stuff to head outside with Mom.
I sledded with each of them. I screamed like a crazy woman going down the hill. I got cold & wet. My non-snowpant covered bottom was freezing. I just hung out with my boys. I thought about taking out a camera to capture 'fun in the snow' moments. But, I decided instead just to be out there with them. In the moment.
And, I gotta say, it was pretty cool.