|toasty warm and happy|
|Smiling polar bear kid|
The first thing we tried this weekend was cross country skiing (again). We tried it a couple weekends ago and Noah wasn't a fan despite enjoying it last winter. I should clarify that Noah doesn't ski himself yet but he's always loved being outdoors either in his Chariot or his child carrier. We've gotten a new ski sled for this winter that will hopefully allow us to get into the back-country more. Getting him into the pulk and comfortable was actually a lot easier this time around. We brought a couple pillows to prop him up with and we didn't fully strap him in due to the easy terrain we were skiing on. Noah was quite happy and content for a good hour and a half as we made our way slowly up to the half-way point on the Cascade Fire Road. The only difficult part of the first half of our ski trip was getting Noah dressed in the parking lot. We learned that it's best to change into ski pants before leaving the city. Although, it would make for a more difficult diaper change at the trail head. Dilemma dilemma. We also decided that in following with the saying, "if it aint broke, don't fix it," we'd let Noah wear what he wanted; his baby mittens and monkey hat. They might not have been as warm as other choices but he was much happier and that counts for a lot! I did manage to get a balaclava on under the monkey hat and a scarf on over-top.
When we got to the half-way point of the ski trip we let Noah out of his pulk and he happily explored the packed down trail, had a snack and drank a bit of juice. We got tons of super cute photos and Noah was beyond content! Taking the mittens off for the snack resulted in cold hands though and we had a nasty twenty minutes or so while Noah got used to skiing again with the cover over his pulk this time. I also put my over-mitts on top of his little baby mittens and that wasn't on Noah's top ten list of acceptable clothing options. It didn't take long before Noah must have realized that he was really toasty warm and therefore quite happy. The crying stopped and he promptly fell asleep. Bliss!
|Pulling the pulk back to the car|
After skiing we went to Banff for their Winterstart Festival. Noah got to take his first horse drawn wagon ride up and down the streets of Banff. The smile on his face was worth the 45 min. wait. Then we got to watch the Santa Claus Parade. Noah sat high up on top of Daddy's shoulders as he waited for Santa to appear and he enjoyed the parade for the most part. He was a little scared by the truck horns though and so we eventually had to leave and brave our way back to Calgary and the snow storm that hadn't hit Banff.
|Waiting for Santa|
Today we thought we'd give sledding a shot since Calgary got over 25cm of fresh snow overnight. Our neighborhood was transformed into a magical winter wonderland. It actually took a lot of effort to pull Noah in his sled to the local playground. Unfortunately Noah wasn't a big fan of riding in the sled and didn't like the sensation of tipping sideways or falling backwards as the sled jerked and twisted around. We did get him to try riding in the sled down the little bunny hill in the school yard and he proclaimed that it was fun. Yay! After two rides though he decided it was more fun to watch Mommy slide down the hill while he walked up and down the snowy hill. Maybe mountaineering is in his future and not becoming a bobsled or luge athlete.
|Going to the park on a snowy Sunday afternoon|
After sledding we walked through the big field to the playground and discovered that Noah likes walking through snow. Deep snow. He wouldn't get on the sled because he wanted to wade through all the snow "by self." We taught him to hold his shovel with his mitten on - victory!! and he enjoyed playing in the snow for a bit as he filled his sand bucket with snow. As I discovered last summer, a toddler only needs a bucket, a shovel and a small truck or car to play with. They can be used with sand, water, snow, dirt, pine needles, or mud. No other toys needed.
|Playing in the snow|
|Walking across the snowy field to the park|
|Nice and warm|
I'm also really enjoying this Christmas season and the beginning of winter as a family. I can't remember the last time I rode down a toboggan hill, made a snow angel, tried to make a snow man, or just played in the snow. Having kids lets you experience the joys of being a kid again and I love it!
|The joys of childhood|