Monday, January 23, 2017

Hitting the trails

So despite the fact that we got more snow in early January than Williamsburg has seen at one time in the last 30 years, we have also experienced some great weather without snow, too. We've spent several days a week out on the trails in the woods behind our house and hiking a trail close to Colonial Williamsburg. Eleanor is building up her stamina and often is able to walk up to three miles with us without needing to be carried or ride in the stroller - granted the terrain is not at all difficult. Jane still needs to hang out in the carrier or stroller, not because she doesn't want to walk, but because she gets so distracted while she walks that it takes forever just to go a little ways down a trail. Soon enough she'll get a bit bigger and be able to keep up with us.

Here's hoping for more good weather like this throughout the winter so we don't get cooped up inside for the next couple months!

Thursday, January 19, 2017

Colonial Williamsburg in the snow

After three days of playing in the snow, we were surprised when Chris got a second snow day! We went out to play that morning in our yard but by that afternoon, we were done. I was tired of putting so many layers on everyone and the girls were tired of getting in them. We ended up heading down to Colonial Williamsburg to see what it looked like in the snow before it all melted away on Wednesday.

Jane is always super happy when we head down to CW because there are no cars there so she can walk. She doesn't always get to walk in our neighborhood because there are no sidewalks and lots of cars come around corners rather quickly so when we head down to a strictly pedestrian zone she is in heaven.

Hopefully we'll see more snow this winter, but if we don't, at least we got a really good one and two days with Chris home from work because of it! Imagine if it had snowed on Sunday night instead of Friday...

Monday, January 16, 2017


Here in Williamsburg we've gotten a few inches of snow a couple times the past few years, but out of the 9 years Chris and I have lived here (in school and then after) this is the most snow we've ever gotten. The official total was 12.5 inches! Chris had psyched Eleanor up for snow on Friday night. She woke up after being down for one hour, checked out her window, and called us into her room to discuss why it wasn't snowing yet when Chris told her it would snow while she slept. Saturday morning we woke up to a winter wonderland and it didn't stop snowing until early that evening!

In the morning we headed over to a big sledding hill to try sledding. Since the snow was still falling, the sledding wasn't great yet because the snow was too powdery and not packed down enough so we ventured out in our neighborhood and Chris started shoveling our driveway with Eleanor's help.

We went sledding in our neighbor's backyard.

Later that evening after naps we had the ceremonial burning of our Christmas trees.

Saturday night we watched the Sound of Music and ate popcorn and snow cream in front of the fire.

It stopped snowing that evening, but church was cancelled on Sunday because the roads hadn't been plowed yet. We did more playing in the neighborhood Sunday morning.

Sunday late afternoon we headed back to the sledding hill. it was a little crowded but Eleanor marched up to the top and flew down!

Jane was less interested in sledding but loved walking up the hill and wandering around.

Monday was a snow day for Chris. Chris and Eleanor went out that morning and built a snowman and a fort in the front yard. Some of our friends came over to hang out for awhile because they were a little tired of being snow bound. 

From there we headed out one last time to the sledding hill for our last run. Eleanor had a couple wipe outs and a couple near misses but overall did great! The sledding hill was super crowded and super slick on the last day we went.

The daddies and daughters then got in on the sledding action and took a few runs down together. Chris, Jane, and Eleanor had a wipeout on their way down but thankfully no one got hurt.

Wednesday, January 11, 2017

Happy New Year!

Our New Year plans the last couple years have been a bit low-key because I typically choose to work New Year's Day as my holiday at work. This year was no exception. We headed over to a neighbor's house to play and have dinner. We celebrated early, chatted about plans for the new year, and enjoyed each others company. The guys took the kids up to the attic to play for awhile leaving the women downstairs to relax a bit. That is until Jane came downstairs demanding milk :)

I worked the next morning and Chris spent the day with the girls. He took them to church and Eleanor came to the big service since it was a family Sunday. Apparently the 9 am service on New Year's Day is not a super popular one :)

Happy 2017!!