As we were getting in the car to go to church this morning, Cheyenne asked me if I would go outside and play in the snow with her after lunch. My first response was an internal groan and a resigned "We'll see".
We went to church, enjoyed a little visiting with friends in the foyer as Cheyenne and Wesley patiently waited on us to be ready. We finally got home and had lunch, taking our good old time about it. As we were finishing lunch I began to dread the question I knew was going to come soon. I thought, "I'm too old for this". Then I began to be ashamed of myself. I realized they wait on me all the time, I ask them to do things for me all the time and they do it without argument because they are good kids and they love me and want to please me. So I thought, "I'll beat her to it!" I got up and started getting ready to go out before she even knew what I was doing. She was goofing around when I went out to get my hat and gloves and when she realized, she flew out to get ready!
When I got outside I decided to teach her how to build a proper fort:
It took us about an hour to build this much and I wanted to get the wall up to the cross bar on the swing set but, despite my good intentions, I really am getting old and I was starting to wear out! Fortunately, I didn't have to confess this to Cheyenne because she suggested we take a break and go sledding.
Soon we were zipping down our little hill and having a great time. There is a risk of shooting off the edge of the hill down into the woods but fortunately I managed to avoid this fate, barely, on several occasions!
We were almost done when Wesley decided to come out and we managed to get a couple trips down the hill with both of them piled on my back. It was a little nerve-wracking being on the bottom of the pile, with the snow mere inches from my face, cruising along at what felt like 55 MPH but I survived! It was definitely better than getting snow down the back of my pants like I did trying to sit cross-legged on a tiny saucer sled and ending up flipping over backwards!
Finally, my old bones couldn't take any more so after 2-3 hours out in the cold we came in and warmed up with hot chocolate. My back is tired, my legs are tired, I have a bit of a headache, and the back of my underwear is a little wet, but it was a great time! I am glad I decided to make my kids happy instead of being lazy and only thinking of what I wanted. In the end, I had far more fun than I would have had, sitting inside wondering what to do! :)
Maybe next time I won't hesitate! Besides, I have a fort to finish!