Sunday, December 4, 2011

Snow Day

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Henry, unsure about this "snow" stuff!

Today was one of those days that reminded me of a being a kid, growing up in the woods on the East Coast. Sometimes, if my sister and I were lucky, we'd go to sleep with snow lightly falling outside, and wake up to a winter wonderland, everything white and so very quiet. I think the particular quiet that happens the morning after a big snow storm is the most beautiful quiet of all, and I still remember how magical that felt, waking up and seeing everything blanketed in white and sparkling. On those mornings we'd wait and listen to the radio for school cancellations, and when we heard ours named off we'd hoot and holler, jump and shout, so excited to be able to stay in our pajamas. My Mom would make us hot chocolate on the stove top, and then we'd excitedly suit up for a day of playing outside. Snowsuits, boots, mittens, hats and scarves...the entire world was out there waiting for us to explore.

Now that I'm a Mom it's amazing to see everything through Henry's eyes. At one, he's just starting to take it all in, and I can already see how exciting the world is to him. Last night we went to sleep with snow falling, and this morning we woke up to even more of it. It kept up all day, and by tonight we were just about snowed it.  This afternoon we spent some time outside, and Henry wasn't quite sure what to make of all of it. He went from confused to curious, happy to downright excited when he realized the snowflakes were sticking to him. The smile on his face as he looked up at the snow was priceless, and this afternoon is something I'll never forget.

I think one of the best parts about being a parent is being able to see everyday things as special again, through the eyes of your child. When I was younger I loved snow, but more recently as an adult I've found it to be a hassle, causing me to be late to work, unable to drive, or just plain cold. But now with Henry I'm relearning how to be a kid again; how to look at things in a new way, how to find extraordinary in the ordinary. And for that, I am so grateful.

xo

41 comments:

  1. That's how I feel since having my son. Everything is so shiny and new through his eyes and it makes everything fun again. Especially the holidays. Halloween, Christmas.....they all have their magic back now that I have my son in my life :D

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  2. I love this picture so much! It reminds me of why I truly long to be back where I can appreciate SEASONS and enjoy the beauty of winter with family and loved ones.

    I'm glad you and Henry enjoyed a beautiful snowfall!

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  3. Little Henry looks so cute in this picture. I've only experience snow once in my life so I know the wonderful effects of having something new to explore. In case I do not have the chance to go out to the mountains this year with mmanuel, I hope to go in the future with my children. Living here in Socal can be great but nothing compares to snow in December. It warms my heart to read about being a first time mom, one day I will to get to explore things I've already explore. All through the eyes of a child. Stay warm and keep the Shovel near.

    Much love,
    Mary from http://meowwzie.blogspot.com/

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  4. I think it's so important to remember our inner child, especially during the festive season... it's so easy to get caught up in the stress of it, that we forget to remind ourselves of why it was so magical in childhood!
    I'm not a mother, but being around my younger sister has the same effect on me... it's nice that spending time with the younger members of a family can bring the magic back!

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  5. this is such a beautiful picture of the two of you... <3

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  6. Such a beautiful photo of the two of you! Its nice to be able to find the beauty in simple, everyday things that you normally over look or take for granted. I've never seen snow, ever.

    tasteslikelove.blogspot.com

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  7. This post and the photograph is so beautiful!

    I hope it's going to snow soon where I live :]

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  8. so much snow!! It looks beautiful there - I'm sure Henry loves it!!

    We're hoping it will snow here in North Wales soon!!!

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  9. Beautiful!
    As a South African who grew up in the sunshine all year round, I still LOVE snow when everyone else just complains here in New York.
    I love what you said about being a mother and seeing everything "new" through your childs eyes. I can't wait for my first little one to arrive this Spring!

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  10. yes! my three year old has been off-the-walls excited at the few small snowfalls we've had. i can already tell this is going to be a really fun winter.

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  11. A beautiful story, and memory to remember always.

    That picture of you two is precious.

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  12. Hahaha! That looks just like Iris when she saw her first snow a few months ago. She didn't know what to think!

    I agree with you. Iris is only 9-months-old, and already it is incredible to live life with her, watching her learn, see her amazed by everything. Kids are the best teachers!

    reverie.

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  13. That is such a special picture. I hope you frame that.

    I agree 100%, now more than ever. Even little things- yesterday I was at Hobby Lobby and I bought SHRINKY DINKS for my daughter. Shrinky Dinks! I got a little too excited about those, and I can't wait for her to have as much fun with them as I did.

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  14. That is SUCH a gorgeous picture of you and your son! You are so beautiful, and he's such a cutie! I wish it was snowing here in Georgia already, but I think us peaches will have to wait till January for that. Maybe. Hope you are enjoying your snow!

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  15. what a magical photo, i love the sparkle in your eye!

    It is so special to see things in their simple form, as children see them. i cant wait to be a parent one day! :)


    Barnicles xx

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  16. You really should frame that picture! It's gorgeous. And I got all excited reading about your childhood snow days...I remember that feeling all to well (though in Maine it takes QUITE a lot of snow to cancel school, sadly) and I wish I could recreate it right now. I guess, like you said, that's the beautiful thing about having kids! <3 Enjoy the snow!

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  17. Awh! I love that sweet little story. You are such an amazing mama. Little Henry is going to enjoy looking back at these days. xo, rv

    http://aneclecticheap.blogspot.com/

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  18. isn't it amazing how children can change you? how they can open your eyes? it continues with every stage and age they are in. everyday i am amazed by what my six year old, four year old and one year old teach me. everyday they open my eyes to the world around me.

    i loved this post! beautiful picture. we're still waiting for our snow.....

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  19. Your words are so beautiful! It took me back to my childhood growing up in New York... Oh the excitement of listening to the radio for cancellations! Remember how bummed you were when you found out you only had a 90 minute delay?

    I love the picture too!

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  20. I grew up in southern California where we had to drive to see snow. Now we live somewhere that snows once in a while and I still feel like a kid when I wake up to snow.

    That picture captures the perfect moment to look back on.

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  21. such a sweet sentiment! I had the opportunity to do the same with my nephew & rain the other day. It was the first rain fall of his existence (since it's been so dry!) and he was enamored. Great to remember the little things through their eyes!

    ps- you look adorable in the pic :)

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  22. Love this picture and post! :)

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  23. Such a lovely post :) agree with how you feel about the snow now you're older, I got that way last year. Everyone was so annoyed about missing things and being stuck indoors and it was difficult not to agree with them.
    But really, who can genuinely hate snow?!

    Amanda | http://notsocountry.blogspot.com/

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  24. This is SO beautiful! And so true. My Dad says similar things about having kids and the simple joy children bring back to adults. How lovely <3

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  25. Couldn't agree more:) I remember those snowy days growing up, too. Doesn't it feel like they happened more when we were little for some reason?

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  26. This made me smile so much :D
    It's just started to snow here in Northern Ireland...I'm hoping to wake up to a winter wonderland :)

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  27. Every time you mention your childhood, it sounds just like mine.

    New England <3

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  28. In love with that photo! And this post was so beautifully written Dani<3

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  29. That's a beautiful photo of the two of you.

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  30. so lucky youre getting snow already!!! very sweet photo.

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  31. Isn't it amazing how much our children change us for the better? :) I really enjoyed reading this. I usually hate snow and being cold too, but my (almost) 5 yr. old gets SO excited when it snows. I love seeing his eyes light up at the snowfall, and I'm actually looking forward to building our first snowman with him this year. :)

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  32. I love your eyelashes! What mascara do you use?

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  33. You guys are too cute!

    You should enter my giveaway and win Henry a tie. :)

    http://rjandjessie.blogspot.com/2011/12/little-guy-ties-reviewgiveaway.html

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  34. This is such a gorgeous photo, Danielle. And what a fun moment to have captured! Happy first snow, m'lady.

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  35. Is it weird this made me cry!?! Maybe I'm just a bit too emotional this a.m.
    ;)
    AMELIA

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  36. I already replied to this photo via twitter but it really is priceless.... the look in your eyes just as much as Henry's. love it :)

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  37. Whoa, Danielle! You have such a way with words; this was beautifully written.

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  38. I agree...the morning after snow is definitely the best kind of quiet! =] I got to be there when my 1 1/2 year old nephew saw his Christmas tree for the first time. It was sooo beautiful and amazing seeing it through the eyes of a child. <3

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  39. so lovely! the picture is so precious :)

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