Alright, I’m gonna go ahead and hop on the bandwagon of moms who are SO DAMN TIRED of Frozen-mania. But unlike most moms out there who just hate the songs and are tired of listening to their kids begging for Elsa and Anna costumes, I’ve got little boys who have become somewhat obsessed with Olaf.
Before we left Florida, we had planned on visiting the Frozen Summer Celebration at Disney World as a last hurrah. But time and stress got the better of us, and we never got to see it. Dexter was bummed, but we promised him that Utah would have a lot of snow come winter. This made him happy. SO happy, in fact, that every single day since we’ve been here (that was the beginning of August!), he wakes up and asks us if there is snow yet.
And after months of disappointment, we were ecstatic this morning when we woke up to a tiny little snow flurry which had left a thin carpet of fresh powder across our yard. I wish I had a camera for the moment I woke him up, whispering gently into his ears, “Buddy… it snowed!” He jumped out of my arms (where he’d snuck early this morning) with the biggest smile on his face and gazed out the window above our bed. He started cheering, jumped out of our bed and ran up the stairs where we heard him shouting for the whole neighborhood to hear, “IT SNOWED! IT SNOWED!”
When he came back downstairs, I MAAAAAY have been the cheesiest mom of all time when I looked at him and said, “Hey…. d’ya wanna build a SNOW MAN???” His little eyes lit up so big, and he ran off to his room to get some clothes on and wake up Daniel to come with us.
We hadn’t really gotten around to buying proper winter attire yet (we rectified that this evening with a trip to Target), but I bundled him up as best as I could for a foray into the soggy winter. Dan was invited, as well, but while he was keen, he REFUSED to get out of his pajamas, and so we had to leave him behind.
Little Daniel stood at the window, making faces at us and singing songs. We waved and threw snowballs at him, and Dexter was only too happy to create his very first snowman and place it gently on the windowsill (I had to help a little) so Dan would have a friend.
After a little while, Dex had created another little snowman and a “snow mountain” to keep Dan company. He’s so thoughtful.
After about half an hour outside, we did have to go back inside and regroup from the cold. Dexter had the bright idea that he could grab a pair of socks to work as makeshift gloves. My heart was really proud of him, but my brain had a mild panic attack as I thought back to my own childhood when we were too poor to afford mittens and the neighborhood kids made fun of us for wearing old socks. Still, I fancy my kid a little genius for thinking of it. Necessity is the mother of invention and all that… And as I said, we’ve now invested in snow suits, hats, mittens and boots for the boys. We won’t be caught out again.
Dan finally agreed to get dressed and join us outside, and though the snow was melting by that point, he was thrilled anyway. Joy is so easy for little boys. They find it everywhere.
When the kids finally got tired of getting wet (you should have seen the shock in Dexter’s face when he realized that snow is actually very cold rain!), we made our way inside for some hot cocoa. Okay, that part is only partially true. We actually all just made our way to the car and went to Starbucks for an Eggnog Latte and kids hot chocolates. But it was cool anyway.
Or not so cool.
Our snowman friend actually found it a little too warm…