Friday, March 14, 2008

Snowflakes that stay

It's old news by now, but we were snowed on - a lot. After 20+ inches canceled anything with the possibility of being canceled (including RB's overnight call responsibility) we were able to dig out all of the sledding gear for some fun on one of Columbus' few hills.

Calvin was so excited he put on his gear (including hat and gloves) about 45 minutes before we were actually ready to get out the door.

Noah was happy to get outside but seemed more interested in snowflakes on his mittens than anything else going on. After a few times down the hill, he decided he had some phone calls to make inside the warm car.

A few weeks ago RB had taken Calvin out sledding for what turned out to be a real coming-of-age experience. Calvin had been telling RB that he didn't want to go all the way up to the top of the hill because he was "too scared." Something clicked in his little mind when RB coerced him to give it a try - and when he came back in the house afterwards he proudly proclaimed, "Mommy! I turned into a brave boy! I can go all the way to the top!"

This time around, despite a bigger hill, Calvin never hesitated. He wanted to be treated as an equal with everyone else, as shown by this exchange with our friend Scott Rowley who was trying to ensure the safety of the jump we had just created:

Calvin (to Scott, sitting on his tube): "I want to go."

Scott: "OK Calvin, I'm just going to make sure it's safe to sled down first."

Calvin: "But I want to go."

Scott: "Do you want to go next?"

Calvin: "No, it's my turn."

Scott: "How about we go together?"

Calvin: "But you just had a turn."

It's impossible to reason with a "brave" three year old boy.

Calvin did have one pretty impressive wipeout, after which we ran over to make sure he was ok. He jumped up in the snow and yelled, "Dad, I just wrecked like the monster trucks!" He and his Dad managed to take at least a couple more tumbles together as well.

Noah and I were perfectly content to view most of the freezing fun from the car - maybe next year.


Kristin said...

Looks like so much fun, sorry about the snow, I think snow in March is so depressing, I want spring something fierce.

Laurie said...

Remind RB that Calvin's bravery outweighs any craftiness he may enjoy from time to time.

Valerie said...

How fun! Way to take advantage of yet another snowfall and in March, yuck! I swear, sledding brings out not only bravery, but also great facial expressions, don't you think?

Ohio Rasmussen Family said...

That was some snowstorm! You guys took some amazing pictures as usual and I love Calvin's bravery through it all. He is adorable! So is Noah! Happy birthday (five hours late) Carolee!! I hope you had a great one. And some time we want to watch YOUR kids so YOU guys can go out and celebrate. I'll give you a call!! I just wanted you to know I was thinking about you!

janice said...

Ooooh, this reminds me why we live in Florida. Glad the boys (RB included) had some fun. I think Noah and Care need to come down here where it is warm. Rb, you and Calvin can come too.

Steph said...

"Talvin"'s pictures of him on the sled all by himself remind me of the Calvin and Hobbs cartoon comic strips... Good job, looks like you guys are having fun!

Sandy said...

I love Calvin and Noah so much.

itch said...

mom would say that geez!!

AnnDee said...

Great Pics. I love that Calvin is so "brave." He cracks me up! I'm sure RB was very proud.

Andréa Morrow said...

I can't believe it's still snowing there! looks like tons of fun :) it's already getting too hot here in Mesa, AZ

Laurie said...

And posts that stay . . . I keep checking back to hear new things from you. :) Write soon!

Kris said...

Just looking at that snow makes me want to hurl.