The Perkins take an over night trip just to entertain the kids............
in the SNOW!!!
That's right, snow in the middle of March just at the beginning of our Spring Break!
My parents and the Merrill's had already planned on going to the cabin for a the weekend, so we decided to make a quick trip and join in the fun.
We left Friday night right after getting off work and chanced the weather as it had been raining and snowing all day. Luckily we left between the storms and had clear skies the entire way. But the damage was already done!
We witnessed and passed many cars that had spun out of control and plowed into the snow banks on the side of the road. The scariest sight was watching the car behind us drive into on coming traffic with out realizing it, swerving once he saw his mistake and hitting the snow banks on both sides of the road due to ice.
Both Cole and I were thankful that we made it to our destination with no problems.
We woke the next morning to snow covered cars and a group of 7 kids under the age of 9 anxious to get out and play. So immediately following breakfast, they all suited up and ran out the door.
Our stubborn Addison refused to put on snow boots and quickly learned her lesson when she came inside with pants soaked up to her knees. Before going sledding we convinced her that snow boots were a much better choice to keep her from freezing.
We all loaded up in the cars and drove to sledding spot Cole and Sean had scouted out earlier that morning. The kids....and adults had a BLAST!
Little Lynden going down all by herself!
Addison....I think her face explains it all.
Sean and baby Troy, who if you've ever seen The Christmas Story was wrapped up just as much!
I do believe Christine had Troy dressed in 7 different layers to make sure he stayed warm. That kid could barely walk.
Tatum taking a turn on the tube.
We even got Grandma and Grandpa Hastings to take turns with the kids. Grandma with Lynden and Grandpa with Dusty.
Grandma made in down a couple times with the kids, but Grandpa and Dusty wiped out about half way down. Grandpa decided that was enough for the day :)
Cole decided to take the more dangerous route by dodging all the rocks on a steeper hill.
We even managed to get Toby to take a ride with Lincoln. He decided to bail only 2 seconds into the ride and finished it out just running beside the sled.
Garrett learned that if you lay flat on your back you can go much faster and farther.
In the end it was hard to tell who had more fun...the kids or the adults. It amazing how just a little snow and a sled can bring out the kid in us no matter how old you are.
We returned to the cabin to warm up and eat some lunch before sending the kids back outside to have more fun. The adults visited and began working on dinner. My brother Galen and 2 of his kids came to visit and join us for dinner. Games were played and good times were had in the company of friends and family. Our trip was quickly coming to a close due to Cole having to be at work the next morning. We packed up the car with our things and worn out kids. Said our good-byes and were on the road to drive home in the dark.
Sleeping kids and a dog in the back gave Cole and I plenty of time to enjoy each others company and have some nice conversations with out interruption.
How I miss getting to spend time with my wonderful husband! We don't see much of each other now that we work opposite shifts to off set the cost of daycare. I have learned to cherish every waking minute that I get to spend with the one I love.
I am so grateful that we chose to take this quick trip up north! Oh how we all needed the break away from home and the stress of everyday life.