Wednesday, December 10, 2008

Remember That Day When it Snowed?

The Lord sent snow to Houston today! And we just had to play in it! In fact, I woke up Jackson from his nap to go outside. He was like, "Woman, have you lost your mind?" If God wanted to delight a bunch of kiddos and adults alike, He knew just how to do it. It's so funny because I was just writing on the LPM blog today about when it snowed on Christmas Eve in 2004. That may have been the last time, but I'm not sure since we spent the last few winters in D/FW.

The weather has been insane for the last 24 hours. It was hot yesterday and then the front blew in with hurricane force wind late in the afternoon. I almost took Jackson into the bathroom because I was certain a tornado was headed our way. I guess that's not really surprising. By this morning it was in the 30's and seriously COLD. And wet.

I joined my LPM sisters at the office for a birthday lunch today while Curtis took Jackson to the mall to get him a new jacket. Just in time, right? When we got home I could hear the freezing rain hitting the house. I thought about praying for snow, but honestly I felt so blessed that it was actually cold that I didn't go there. I just prayed that if it did snow, God would cause me to look up and see it.

Sure enough, it wasn't long before I looked up and saw big ole flakes coming down in our backyard. What joy! I ran up the stairs and got Jackson out of his bed. He had literally just fallen asleep and was very confused. We threw on our jackets and shoes as fast as we could, not knowing how long the snow would last, and headed outside. Once Jackson woke up a bit, he and Beckham ran all around the backyard together.

Then we went out front and happened to see a school bus dropping off all the kids on the street. They were going crazy with excitement. A couple other moms came out with video cameras. Jackson ran around with the neighbor kids and had a blast. I have some cute pics but I don't feel good about posting them without permission. Anyway, it was an afternoon to remember.

We came inside to the glow of the Christmas tree, the warmth of the fireplace already ablaze, and the provision of some peppermint hot chocolate mix in the pantry. Perfect! It was blissful. What a wonderful day from the Lord! We will probably all be sick tomorrow, but it was worth it!

You can sort of see the flakes here if you enlarge it.






Williams Sonoma's peppermint hot chocolate mix. I've had this, unopened, for about 3 years. This is another reason we might be sick tomorrow. Hopefully not. It tasted great!






Jackson's first hot chocolate. I'm sure I'm a bad mom for putting it in a sippy cup, but I didn't trust him with a mug. He didn't like it until it cooled off completely and was basically chocolate milk.


PS - I had to laugh at myself for describing the flakes as "big" when I read my friend Kristy's version of today. She was a northerner until moving here in August and she described them as "the smallest flakes she'd ever seen." He he!

35 comments:

3girlsmom said...

It's supposed to snow here tomorrow. However, I'm keeping it on the DL with the kids. It's mean to tease an Alabama kid with snow - kinda like a Texas kid. I do have a pact with my 7 year old that I'll wake her up and we'll go play outside in the middle of the night if it starts to snow. I love the stuff and don't get to see it nearly enough.....

Mandi said...

What a fun way for Jackson to wake up from a nap! Sweet memories.

We live in Florida so I can relate to the excitement you felt when you saw "big ole" snowflakes.(: haha!

Fran said...

I just love this Amanda!!! I would always give my boys hot chocolate AKA chocolate milk in their sippy cups! I'm so glad you woke Jackson up for the fun. We get all cuckoo like that in TN if the "s" word is mentioned! :)

Hugs,
Fran

Holly said...

And THAT is exactly the reason why all the Coloradans around us think we are crazy. We just flat out LOVE snow! And we get this excited still. I hope it never changes.

Enjoy your evening...and please don't get sick!

PS I would LOVE to watch Elf with you and Melissa someday. That is my favorite Christmas movie, too! And our TV has the parental control thing-y, so there is no bad language, which makes the movie even better for the kids to watch it, too.

The Barfuss Family said...

It was SO much fun! My kids were going nuts, and I only wish I could have taken them out to play, but it was time to send them home. I felt sorry for the bus drivers. :)

Spicy Magnolia said...

What a fun day!! We had sleet through the night, but no snow. I revel in it just like you, and I'm so thankful you had a blissful day! Also, I LOVE that peppermint hot chocolate! I don't have any of it right now, but I lived off of it last year. :)

Patty said...

I am so glad you posted this! We don't get much snow here in TN and I did enlarge the photo to see the snowflakes. :)

I am praying for a white Christmas. I haven't seen a good snowfall since I lived in New York. The hot chocolate sounds yummy.

Amy Beth @ Ministry So Fabulous! said...

This is hilarious! It doesn't snow that often here, but when it does, I go crazy. It flurried a bit the other day, so I naturally had to IMMEDIATELY change my Facebook status to "IT'S SNOWING, PEOPLE, IT'S SNOWING!!!"

Just keepin' everyone informed... :)

Kiki@Seagulls in the Parking Lot said...

That is too funny! It was so fun to see it snow, Sage was pretty excited. I didn't wake up Kolby, he just happened to get up in time.

Mommy Dot Com said...

I'm a southern girl, too. It is almost sad how excited we all get at the tiniest bit of snow. But, it also shows that the Lord can make the smallest things so exciting. I love it how He does that!

Best snow memory ever was on my daughter, Eden's, 5th birthday. During family devtions the whole family made a circle around her and we took turns speaking a blessing over her life as we prayed. When we opened our eyes huge snow flakes were falling like crazy outside. All the kids went running outside. It snowed so hard and long that they got to go sledding. We had read Psalms 125 that night and to this day remains so special to me b/c of that snow. It has Eden's name written by it.

Janelle and Ella said...

What?! Y'all got snow and we didn't? It definitely was cold enough today, only 29 degrees, but zero percipitation.
So fun!!! Remember when it snowed as we were leaving DFW, headed for Houston last January? Fun times!

yankee mama said...

This is so funny!! We stayed up all night waiting for the snow! It was so exciting! Although if we were in NY we wouldn't even had counted that as snow (more like icy rain)! To my boy's it was equivalent to making snowmen and angels:) We made hot chocolate too! My pics on facebook from last night are basically the same as these. Fun times!!

Hope you don't get sick.I used old unopened Godiva hot chocolate mix and we made it through the night! Hope that puts your stomach at ease:)

Stephanie's Mommy Brain said...

How fun for you! Something's wrong in the world when Houston has snow and we in Rhode Island have 60 degree weather. It's just not right. Thought we did have snow on Sunday, enough to cover the ground at least.

valerie said...

We've had crazy weather here in Oklahoma too. There were some flakes in OKC (40 miles or so from me) but just freezing cold in my town. I just watched the weather and Sun. the high is going to be 65 here and then Mon. the high will be 32! So crazy!

I'm so happy that y'all were able to get snow & enjoy the hot chocolate. Stay warm!!

Lindsee said...

Today has been such a fun day! I am still just giddy...and just blogged about it, too! :)

So glad you and Jackson got to enjoy it together! Sweet memory!

Lindsee

P.S. I am sure you saw it on the LPM blog, but wanted to let you know I am doing a plate giveaway! Feel free to join in! :)

Janet said...

Oh my word! How envious I am of all you girls and your snow! I have only experienced one white Christmas and that was in Poland in 2001. For the rest, we have sunshine, sunshine, sunshine! Even our winters are "snowless"! Lucky you - and the peppermint hot chocolate - YUM!

Sunni at The Flying Mum said...

So jealous!

Groovewoman ♫ said...

That is hilarious! To us here in Texas those ARE BIG!! I wish we would have gotten some snow up here in the DFW area, but looks like we will have to wait our turn. :(

GratefulinGA said...

oh amanda, i love this!! Being a native mid westerner i crack up at the reaction on days a flurry blows by Atlanta. the city shuts down and it's a major weather alert.

Sadly my 5 year old baby grand has no concept of a 'real' snow. and has saved shavings collected last winter in a rubbermaid in the frig...pitiful i tell you, pitiful!!

She has taken to asking God for snow, especially when we travel north and is convinced her prayers will be answered soon. Snow in Houston? Atlanta can't be far behind!

Life In Progress said...

This was so cute and reminded me that I should appreciate the beauty of snow here in Illinois a little more. To be honest, I was already getting a little tired of it and all the trouble it causes on the roads. Now, I'll try to be more thankful that my kids get to play in the snow a LOT each winter!

We always have hot chocolate after playing in the snow too, and the Williams-Sonoma Peppermint variety is fantastic!

Erin said...

Ya, I'm really trying to understand how it snows in Houston right after I move to MONTANA where we still have no snow on the ground and it's not even on the forecast!?!?! I'm glad Jackson got to enjoy it though. Hunter called me last night and he could barely talk he was so giddy!

katiegfromtennessee said...

Little Momma, the Lord sent you snow, He loves you like that:) I think little Jackson had fun:)

Blessings,

katiegfromtennessee

miss shortcake said...

sippy cups and hot chocolate? Adorable!

Kari said...

I think you need to travel up north a bit and experience a South Dakota winter! You don't have to enlarge your picture in SD to see the snow :)!!

jamie b said...

That is awesome you got snow! I praying it will come our way today :) Jackson is just too cute!

Lauren said...

As I was talking to my mom on the phone yesterday, she was like, "Oh, and it's snowing right now." Totally nonchalant about it. So I thought she was making it up. "No it's not. . . . I mean, are you serious?" "Yeah. All the traffic is snarled on 290 because people don't know what to do about it." And that made me guffaw, because I knew for a fact it couldn't be more than a few flakes, but it's so magical (especially in H-town) that it threw everyone for a loop!

By the way, I think that's at least as much snow, if not more, than Houston got on Christmas Eve a few years ago, and the flakes back then were smaller. So you are not so far off thinking those flakes are big. :)

Lauren said...

By the way, as it was snowing there, it was 61 degrees in Boston. Craziness!

Kelly @ Love Well said...

Wait.

There's SNOW in that picture?

Oh, I kid. I'm so glad you had fun. (It's serious when you wake a child up from a nap.) There's something magical about snow, isn't there? It brings out the kid in all of us. Even in Minnesota, where most of us adults are sick and tired of snow by January, that first snowfall is a wonder.

Donita said...

Here in sunny Tucson, Arizona we get just as excited about the snow! Our last snow was 2 years ago...I had to put socks on my son's hands just so he could go out and play! It was totally worth it.

Dionna said...

Love peppermint hot chocolate. Except I stock up on candy canes at Christmas time and then grind them up in the blender. We use it all year long to add to our hot chocolate.

Darlene R. said...

We've already had snow here and I wish that I was as excited about it as you are! It is beautiful. We got 22 inches on Valentines's Day 2007. That was a bit much. :)
Glad you and Jackson got to enjoy it!

Debbie said...

We're from Florida (and one time we even drove to GA for an inch or so over Christmas break) so when God called us to a church up north we used to get so excited about the snow. This last spring God called us even further north and it has continually snowed since the first of December. Yesterday my eleven year old said, "Mom, do you remember when we used to get so excited about snow? Now we just see it all of the time."

I'm so glad you and Jackson got to see some this Christmas season.

Allison said...

Do you remember when in snowed on Christmas day...I think we were six...then again in seventh grade...and then in 2004...so maybe when in another six or seven years Jackson will have snow in Houston again!!! I am so glad you were able to enjoy it...and the hot chocolate!

Abby said...

girl that hot chocolate is THE BEST! :) :)
one of the many perks of being a nanny for a living and eating many meals at other peoples houses (which is another blessing in itself)
love jackson's face when he's looking at the hot chocolate in his cup :)

skaggsjw said...

FUNNY! I have that same hot choco mix and it's been unopened for 2 years. I was totally thinking of busting it out this year...you've inspired me. -Em