Snowy Days - A Movement In Time And Space
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priyabradfield
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Snowy Days
Well, the ridiculously cold days had to finally culminate into snow, right? Last Friday, the low was about 11 degrees Farenheit. With the wind, it was probably close to 5 degrees. I was cursing a lot that day.

But this morning, we woke up to tons of snow on the ground and more falling. Chris and Maya walked to the bus stop as usual, but the bus never came! It couldn't make it up our steep hill, I guess. The school called me to let me know. Luckily Chris took his cell phone, so I could call him to let them know. The other kid who rides the bus, his dad has a car, so he took the kids to school. At least we didn't have to try to find a taxi to get her to school - apparently people here don't know how to drive in the snow!

Anyway, it wasn't as cold as it was last Friday, so Nadia and I got ready and walked out with Chris. He went to work (and apparently fell once on that steep hill!) and Nadia played in the snow in front of our building. She had such a good time. She loved it. She kept saying, "It's fun, Mommy!" and "I WOVE snow!" and "The snow is deyicious!" LOL

The old lady who works in our apartment building (she's sort of the building cleaning lady) was out there shoveling the sidewalk and generally yelling at people to not track snow into the building. *eyeroll* Ajummas, the Korean word for elderly women, are notorious for just yelling at people. And this one was no exception. Every so often, she'd look at Nadia and then mutter to herself while shaking her head. I'm sure she thought that I was a terrible mother and that Nadia would catch her death from the cold. Whatever. Nadia was having the time of her life, laughing and giggling and just discovering things. Like when she saw all the snow piled up on the handrail - she proceeded to push it all off. Or when she found all the snow on the big rock she and Maya like to sit on sometimes. She had to wipe all the snow off of it and discover the rock again. Or when she listened for the birds. Or when she discovered that she could make handprints and footprints in the snow and they were HERS!

I watched her, amazed at seeing everything from her perspective. It was like being curious about the world all over again rather than tired and stressed out and just a bit pessimistic. I love it when I can just relax and take in what my children see.

After a while, since the snow was coming down the whole time we were out there, my jacket and hat were soaked. Nadia didn't seem to mind though. LOL Thankfully though, after promising to take her out again when Maya gets home, I was able to get her to come inside before I froze.

I took about 100 pics in the hour we were outside. Don't freak out - I'm only going to post a few. I uploaded 15 to my Gallery.










See some more pictures!


I just have to say that my children are amazing. I don't care what anyone else says about them or thinks about me saying that. It is the truth.

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What I'm feeling: happy warm and toasty again

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From: shiroitori Date: February 7th, 2006 04:00 am (UTC) (Link)
ADORABLE! waaah...and what a beautiful day, though I am tired of snow and want springtime :]
I think most old asian women, probably not all, no matter where they are from in asia, are like that. I wonder if the stereotype of japanese mother-in-laws is the same as in Korea. Japanese mother's really baby their sons, so when the son gets married, the mother will drive the young wife insane XD
of course, not always.
From: shiroitori Date: February 7th, 2006 04:00 am (UTC) (Link)
I absolutely love those pictures, Nadia is so cute.
priyabradfield From: priyabradfield Date: February 7th, 2006 04:59 am (UTC) (Link)
LOL! Yeah, sounds familiar, happens in Indian culture too. *sigh* I think you're right that it is an Asian thing.

wendy_in_md From: wendy_in_md Date: February 7th, 2006 04:05 am (UTC) (Link)
I LOVE snow pictures! These are so adorable, and Nadia is just the cutest little thing! Enjoy the snow (and send some our way!)!
-W
priyabradfield From: priyabradfield Date: February 7th, 2006 05:03 am (UTC) (Link)
Yeah, the snow is nice. We had fun out there. :-) We'll go out in a little while, I think.

I wish it had waited just a day. I was going to go out and try to do some errands. Maya's birthday is tomorrow and I'm having a party in her classroom. Instead, another mom from the class is coming to pick me up in the morning before the party. I wish I had be able to get stuff done today, but taking Nadia in the snow down the steep hill to the stores to get a cake and bring it back up would be a little too much for me to handle!
eleme From: eleme Date: February 7th, 2006 04:17 am (UTC) (Link)
Thank you so much for sharing the story and pictures! Not only were the pictures adorable, but your post was a good reminder too! It's hard to imagine what it's like to be discovering something like snow for the first time (especially for me having grown up in Michigan, lol!), but your comments about how she found the rock under the snow or pushed snow off the handrail or made foot prints -- that made her sense of discovery (and your joy in watching her!) very real. I hope Nadia continues to explore and discover and be happy! Yay for children!
priyabradfield From: priyabradfield Date: February 7th, 2006 05:07 am (UTC) (Link)
Thanks!

I tried to relax out there and not brush the snow off her every minute. So what if she gets cold hands? They will warm back up when we go inside, right? If they get too cold, she'll let me know. As we played, so many other kids were being dragged off by their moms or grandmoms and not allowed to play. Sure, they probably had some place to go and things to do, but it was a bit sad. I felt better about myself as a mom for letting my child play and experience snow.

Of course, this is our winter with snow, so it is all a bit new. I'm sure that the novelty wears off winter after winter of this. :-)
estivalfiend From: estivalfiend Date: February 7th, 2006 05:00 pm (UTC) (Link)
i very much remember the novelty of snow. i was 23! i still have the snowballs i made sitting in my freezer (yep, i saved them!) anyway, this is my third winter in a place with snow and the novelty still hasn't worn off. hopefully, your girls will find joy with every snow. :)
priyabradfield From: priyabradfield Date: February 8th, 2006 11:05 pm (UTC) (Link)
OMG, that's awesome that you still have the snowballs you made!! That's like saving the top from your wedding cake, but so much cooler! LOL

Maya's joy at the snow has already worn off. She just wants to get inside and have hot chocolate with marshmellows. LOL Nadia, though, well...you saw the pics. :-D
estivalfiend From: estivalfiend Date: February 9th, 2006 05:26 am (UTC) (Link)
they're all deformed now from the frostbite, but i still have them. LOL, frostbitten snowballs, what a funny concept. i should take a picture of them. :)
co_techie From: co_techie Date: February 7th, 2006 04:50 am (UTC) (Link)
Aww what a cutie pie! *huggles*

Those gloves looks so big as compared to the picture I have in my mind of her itty-bitty hands :)
priyabradfield From: priyabradfield Date: February 7th, 2006 05:04 am (UTC) (Link)
LOL! Yeah, those mittens are a bit big on her.
From: gabbytheguy Date: February 7th, 2006 07:26 am (UTC) (Link)
Great photos Priya...I hate the UK, we never get any decent snow. Audrey has seen it, but we've never really had enough to let her play in it, and even so, it's usually turned to slush within 10 minutes.
priyabradfield From: priyabradfield Date: February 8th, 2006 11:06 pm (UTC) (Link)
That sucks that you get enough to see but not to play in. I hate the slush afterwards, but I hate the ice afterwards even more! GRRRR
manda_kitty From: manda_kitty Date: February 8th, 2006 01:12 am (UTC) (Link)
CUTE!!!
From: junetoo Date: February 8th, 2006 02:28 am (UTC) (Link)
This morning I was thinking what a sweet post and what it will be like with my baby. Then this afternoon was our ultrasound and for the first time I experienced a parent's amazement. Here I am dying and there was that tiny baby bouncing all around my uterus! I can't believe he or she is only a two month old fetus!
priyabradfield From: priyabradfield Date: February 8th, 2006 11:08 pm (UTC) (Link)
Awww! I remember my ultrasounds too - still have the pictures. One of them was so AMAZING and clear, I even got it blown up to a 8x10, framed it and hung it up on my wall. :-D

How often will you get an ultrasound? I got one every month because my doctor had a machine in her office, so it was part of my routine monthly checkup.
sammykate From: sammykate Date: February 8th, 2006 02:57 am (UTC) (Link)
I agree. Snow is deyicious!

I miss it.

And Nadia is growing up so quickly! Beautiful pictures.
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