So this winter seems different to me.......maybe it's because it isn't nearly as cold as last winter, maybe it's because Owen really wants to be outside, but I find myself embracing it more this year. Owen likes to come home, do his homework, take care of "business" and then put his snowpants and boots right back on to go in the backyard. I even bought myself some thermal pants to go under my jeans so that being outside and getting cold isn't really an issue. The biggest change? I am wearing a hat! I never, ever wore a winter hat. I hated them as a kid and would rather freeze my ears off than wear one. But last winter I found this cool navy blue hat that I adore and it is super warm.
2 weekends ago, we hit the Winter Kite Festival at Lake Phalen. Owen and I had never walked on a frozen lake before but now we can cross that one off of our bucket lists. The kites were interesting and fun to watch. Owen really enjoyed it when kites would swoop down close to him. I was just glad I didn't fall on my rear end on the ice!
This past weekend was really quite perfect--warmer and the glorious sun was out all day on Saturday too. It was the perfect time to be outdoors and we hit the jackpot because it was the start of the St. Paul Winter Carnival. People in MN really do seem to embrace the cold and winter in a way that I have never seen. The Winter Carnival is just a slice of that embrace and boy, was it fun! We went to the opening parade, watched some ice skating, hit the Kids' Day at Landmark Center (hello, bounce houses!), and checked out both the ice sculptures and snow carving.
I think the highlight of our weekend though was Owen's very first sled ride. He has never wanted to try it before and there we were at the snow carving competition. A huge sled ride, much akin to the giant slide ride you see at fairs during the summer, was set up. He watched people going down for a bit and then signed please, go and pointed to the sledding. We thought, what the heck......why not?! We paid our 2 bucks and Solito and Owen waited in line while I set myself up to capture the moment. Owen not only waited in line patiently but cheered on fellow riders. I could hear his squeals of excitement as they came down and the look of pure delight on his face made the ride a complete success!
There are some activities I know that I'm not likely to ever try--ice fishing......uh, no. Snowmobiling.......not a chance, I'm a scaredy cat! But we still have one more winter activity to visit and that is a very cool Ice Castle exhibit......can't wait!
|Owen desperately wanted that kite to crash on him|
|Standing on a frozen lake for the first time!|
|Checking out the ice skating action|
|Winter Carnival Parade|
|Landmark Center....such a beautiful building|
|The Cathedral of Saint Paul|
|Owen is getting into his sled|
|His face says it all|
|Watching the snow carving was fascinating|