February 10, 2014

6/52


(a portrait of my daughter, once a week, every week in 2014)

Julia: playing and sledding in the first significant snow we've had this winter.

We had some snow!!!! More than we had last December. It only stuck around for a day, and I know most of the country is sick of snow, but it was a big excitement for us. I woke up 5 times during the night to peek out and see if it was still snowing. It was still snowing!

Julia and her pals built a snow fort. And then some neighborhood boys destroyed the snow fort. Then those naughty boys got a talking to from my neighbor, and from Andrew.  I don't think I understand boy mentality. If I were a kid, walking around looking for something to do in the snow, and I happened upon a snow fort, my first thought would not be....hey! let's destroy this awesome snow fort we just found! What the what?? Sigh. Julia had gone in to have pancakes at her friend's house and so they left the fort unguarded. Bummer, but let me tell you, my 7 year old also marched up to them and gave them a piece of her mind, which made me very proud.

You can see from the above photo that my kiddo does not really have the packing-a-snowball thing down terribly well -- they sort of would fly apart the instant she threw them. Andrew on the other hand, presented me with  this amazing specimen of a snowball -- it was completely spherical and perfect. I told him not to throw it at me. So we threw it at a tree instead.

Now today it's all slushy and rainy. I wish we had had a big massive dumping of snow for a few days, like my pals in Oregon recently had, but I'm so happy we had that one day at least.

Are you watching Olympics? Did you see Russian Julia skate? She's amaaaaaaaaaazing!

10 comments:

  1. Great photo! We got 4 more inches last night. I wish it would get a little bit warmer, so it would easier to go outside and enjoy it. Kids doing mean things... sigh. They drive me crazy. Good for Julia, for sticking up for herself. Loving the figure skating! I'm going to miss the pairs and whatever else happens this week, unless I'm up for staying up really, really late, which I shouldn't do. My play will be over by the time the ladies' singles event starts!

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    1. i'm having a hard time figuring out what is happening when, b/c we ordered cable just for the month, but it doesn't get installed until next wk, but b/c we have a cable subscription, we can watch it online, and it's all kind of a weird set-up on the website. BUT -- I've been watching most of what I can, other than pairs, that I seem to have totally missed. I feel like I need a degree in strategy to figure out my Olympic viewing!

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  2. OMG I don't get boy mentality either. One of my daughter's best friends is a boy and he's starting to get so rough and aggressive. It's awful.

    Destroying a snow fort? Senseless.

    Good for Julia for standing up and saying a thing or two.

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    1. this in from my hubby, aka the nicest guy on earth: "it's fun to destroy things!" -- so i guess it is a boy thing. this is twice though, that this group of marauding boys has demolished something that the smaller kids have built, which I don't find cool AT ALL. There are a few of them who are quite belligerent. Boo. I tell you, I marvel at my kid -- at her age, I would have never ever stood up to some older boys. I would have dissolved into a puddle of fright!

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  3. Wasn't it the BEST snow day!!! Sigh, boys..........Good for Miss J. for giving them a talking to.

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    1. It was so awesome!!!! And I have to tell you, my kiddo was distraught when she heard the rain this AM -- "no more sledding!" she was oh so sad. I told her maybe we'd take a trip into the mountains :)

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  4. I have two boys and two girls and oh my, boys are just wired differently! They can be so very sweet, but smashing is WAY more fun then playing, and impulse control is non-existent, so my girls shed a lot of tears. Hopefully with constant reminders from my husband and I things will get better. I bet a good dressing down from an annoyed Dad was a powerful lesson.

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    1. apparently they snickered less at Andrew than they did at the irate mom who went off first at them. boys. so weird! :)

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  5. Good for Julia to give them a piece of her mind. You go girl! I hope my baby will grow up to stand up on her feet and defend her snow fort too! I have a boy and 6 nephews. They are ROWDY! Just can't sit still and always up to something. Once they stoned a neighbor's car just for fun *facepalm* Having a girl was totally different although I do feel she will be a tomboy (well she has to or she'll get trampled all over by her cousins!).

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    1. ha ha ha ha!!! oh that's hilarious!!!! and SO naughty! and yet, still I laugh. :)

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