here and gone…..

here and gone......

here and gone......

here and gone......

here and gone......

here and gone......

here and gone......

here and gone......

here and gone......

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here and gone......

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here and gone......

This Weather!

Ten inches of snow on Friday.

Subzero weather into Saturday.

40 degrees Sunday, and into the 50's (!!) on Monday melting all but a few piles of that lovely snow.

Currently, 13 degrees. Brrrr…

You gotta love winter coastal weather.

Before the snow melted, and in the bitter cold of Saturday, we made it out snowshoeing. It was Luke's first time ever and after a few tip overs in the deep fluffy snow he was off and running. Watching the snow fly behind him made me laugh. The kids enjoyed walking their usual path with its new covering of snow and ice. Watching for bird prints. Eating Snow. Admiring a single oak leaf standing straight up in the ice. Noticing the colors of the sun setting on the forest. (Okay, that last one may have been just the mama.) And while we're being honest I always try to stuff a treat in my pocket to offer weary walkers, or snowshoe-rs. Dark chocolate on this trip. It was so cold I could hardly break the squares off the bar. But it made for smiles just the same. I'm always the caboose on our walks. Partially because I like to stop and snap photos, but mostly because I like to see that all my people are in their right places. It's a good viewpoint, I think.

As we made our way home just before dark, I couldn't help but think of these old memories watching the kids in front of me. Goodness, was that really five years ago? Who could have known five more Januaries would find us here. And then there are these two: Luke in Sophie's old snowshoes….. Sophie in Jade's old snowshoes. So many times in Louisiana we almost got rid of them, collecting dust in the humid garage. They sat for four years waiting for this moment.

I'm glad we saved them….

xo~

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14 thoughts on “here and gone…..

  1. We’ve had a bit of that whiplashing weather too, although not near so much snow. I’ve always though snow shoeing would be fun, but haven’t ever lived anywhere where it really made sense to invest in shoes.

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  2. I have come to love the snow. I need to take a walk in it in the woods next time we get a good one. 2 of my favorite things about snow so far is the sound under your feet, the absolute brightness of the stars in the sky on a cold clear evening and the glitter of it in the moonlight or just at daybreak when that sun hits it just right. Breathtaking. Wait, that was 3 but you forgive me right?

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  3. We really enjoy it. It's a way to get out and requires far less extra gear (aka expense) than skiing. Plus we're lucky enough to be able to do it in our backyard. I sure hope the snow returns and we get another chance to get out there!

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  4. You're funny….. it is beautiful isn't it? I'm freezing, I'll admit it. I know it will take me a year or so to acclimate to the north again….. but I can't even find the words to tell you how much I missed the seasonal change. It grounds me, connects me. It's good stuff. 
    ps ~ my all time favorite is a quiet forest and big flakes falling, you can hear them as they pile up on the ground. Magic~~ 

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  5. We moved from Kansas to Alabama 3 years ago, so all our cold weather gear is long gone! I used to go out with the family just to take the obligatory snow photo. HAA
    Alabama was a surprise. But now I am grateful for the change in climate. I definitely connect more with warm and woodsy.
    I never really took the time to assess what area of the country is most fitting, for me (before family) and for all of us now. Two years ago, my brother and his wife and baby loaded up their VW mini bus and went for a month- long drive. A drive with one quest: Where do we want to live? What climate, what people, what elevation….? They landed in Ridgeway Colorado, a tiny town near Telluride. His illumination – – we just fit there.
    Love the photos of your children!

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  6. Oh that story is magic…….. the vw bus 🙂 I've actually wanted to see Colorado for quite some time. I think we've sort of done something similar by accident with my husband's career. Each time we transferred we tried to pick somewhere completely new to discover. I suppose you might find just the right place, this way. Or in our case….. many places that would work and lots of people you love! 

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  7. My husband had been wanting snowshoes since we lived in NM 6 years ago. Thankfully, VT has gear swaps and I was able to get us some this year for Xmas for a fraction of their cost. I wonder why more places don’t have them, it makes winter gearing up accessible.
    Yay! Now if only the weather would cooperate so we can all enjoy the wonderful ness of winter! Love the photos and imagining us there with you crunching through the snow. One day!

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  8. I enjoyed all the great pics Steph. it makes me cold looking at them. Think I will get out in a little bit & take my mile+ walk. It was 71 degrees here, yesterday

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