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Marshmallow Man in the Snow

2016 February 15
by Becky

FinnSnowsuit-Towering

Meet Marshmallow Man.

His powers are snow scooping, sledding, and somehow maneuvering through the slick stuff in his two-sizes-too-big snow boots and giant puffy snowsuit. His uniform, entirely made of hand-me-downs—some Ethan’s old stuff, some given to us by friends just in time for the storm—all except the gloves. The gloves I got months ago online, doing a dance that the elusive baby-size waterproof gloves were finally found. They are a game changer.

FinnEthanSledding

I was barely able to capture Ethan in pictures, he was a blaze of blue and green fleece as he went up and down the hill in our front yard a hundred times. When he wasn’t sledding, he was riding along with Finn as we pulled them along the sidewalks.

And Finn learned yet another reason big brothers come in pretty handy.

FinnEthanSnowRun2

FinnEthanSnowRun

Taking Ethan out to play in the snow for the first time is one of my favorite memories. We lived in Virginia, it was the first big snow. I’d bought a sled months before just in case, and was so glad I did. I never thought he’d let me take him down the hill, but he loved it. It was the best day.

SleddingSmileEthan’s first sled, January 2013

I could not wait to do this day again with Finn. Technically he experienced snow last year, but only from the cozy view from the Moby wrap…he was so tiny. Even now, Finn’s pretty young, but very curious and up for fun. It was amazing watching him waddle out into the white world, snowflakes gently falling on his little face. One sled ride was all he needed to get hooked, signing “more” at the bottom of every run. He didn’t complain about the hat cinched under his chin or the gloves strapped to his tiny paws. He was loving it.

Until he got cold. We were down the street at the neighbors yard so he started approaching every car parked on the street, thinking one might be his escape from chill creeping through his multiple layers. Ethan and his buddies wrestled and backwards-sledded till their toes were frozen, which is really the only reason to end a romp in the snow.

FinnSledding-Closeup

FinnSledding-Closeup2

We actually got two days in the snow this week so my quota of cold cuteness is exceeded. Our last baby’s first day of snowy fun was a success. Totally perfect.

And now the temps will rise!! I’m ready.

4 Responses
  1. February 15, 2016

    So cute! My favorite snows are the really big ones on a weekend (but yesterday was just so cold!) We try to get out to Lafayette Square or the garden and tromp around. I have photos of the girls, really little, all bundled up and playing in the snow.

    I’m ready for the warm temps now too!
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  2. February 16, 2016

    He’s amazing! Couldn’t believe how he kept his balance and tromped through the slippery snow. He certainly has the concept of more!! It’s not just for food!! These are great memories. So glad they are captured for life.

  3. Vi Spinner permalink
    February 16, 2016

    Soooo cute!!

  4. Linda Johnson permalink
    February 17, 2016

    Adorable! What great picture’s of the boys playing in the snow.

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