journal – snow day

the sun shines over the trees,

round, rosy cheeks sprinkled with snow,

eyes bright, full of excitement and thrill,

racing to the top as fast as we can, snow crunching beneath our feet.

up and down, over and over and over again…

rushing to the bottom with laughter echoing around us.

the sun starts to fade… “hurry! we have to go again!”

all together this time, speeding to bottom, we fall back on top of each other,

lying there looking up, trying to catch our breath from laughing so hard…

“mom, i see the moon…”

“me, too! it’s beautiful!”

“let’s always remember the way this feels!”

“I like the way this feels!”

“me too!”

I took Ethan and Amélie sledding for the first time the other day… and I left my camera and phone behind. If my husband had been able to go with us, I would have surely packed my gear along for this adventure, but I needed to focus and teach my children how to sled safely. Luckily for me, my eyes are like a camera built into my body. Every time I look at something, I take a photo with my mind. The most meaningful ones get transferred to my heart, causing my soul to overflow with emotions, giving me endless love and joy. Today I learned that it’s also good to be “hands-free” and fully engage with my children, instead of trying to capture every little detail. Today is one that I will always remember… I do wish I had just one photo of their round, red, and happy faces with their sense of accomplished adventure shining through… just so they could see what I see.

I do have this one that my husband snapped with his phone just before we left. I cherish it and will be sure to take my camera next time… just for a couple of shots… I don’t want to miss out on the real fun!!

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Alissa Saylor - February 4, 2015 - 4:46 pm

You did such a wonderful job of describing the day! I felt like I was right there with you! When you can’t take a picture of a memory, write about it. :) It sounds like you had so much fun! I miss you! xo

mae taylor - February 15, 2015 - 2:23 pm

Thanks Liss! I miss you too!! We should have a grownn-ups sledding day!! I was sooo fun! I hadn’t been since I was in high school… I forgot how much fun it is!

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