Times have changed and now they wear the one piece snow pant/bib set. The 3 older ones can get their own pants, boots, hats, gloves and coats on and off. That's a huge help. Plus they don't get all wet through 3 layers like we did when we played in the snow. We would wear long johns, jeans and sweats to keep warm and dry - but you never stayed dry and there were always so many wet things.We had THE PERFECT DAY. It was sunny and about 26 degrees. But it didn't even feel cold if you were in the sun. In fact during the afternoon many of us took off our winter coats and just wore sweatshirts. Dan used an auger to check the thickness of the ice and at about 10 inches he stopped. You could still see down that it was probably another 6 inches thick. That calmed my nerves - as long as they didn't get to close to either end of the pond where the water is moving.
We left in the morning around 9 am. We arrived at the cabin after a couple of quick stops around noon. We left the cabin around 7 pm and got home a little before 10. A super long day packed with lots and lots of fun. We really couldn't have had a better day. MacGregor brought along his friend Nick E.
Lucky for us we found a net, several hockey sticks and several pucks in the basement of the cabin. And believe me - you didn't need official ice skates. We all had trouble staying on our feet just in our boots. Apparently it had rained a lot the day before melting a ton of snow in the area then over night it refroze - so it was like we had our own smooth ice rink. The entire pond was frozen except for a small area on either end. The kids had fun walking all the way to the dock and to "Bone Island" from the picnic grove. There were some big cracks in the middle of the pond and tracks from what looked like a car, tractor or 4 wheeler. Obviously some other people had been on the ice as well.
Even the girls wanted to play hockey. It was a lot of fun but MacGregor had hurt his sternum at a gymnastics party the night before. He had a much harder time playing hockey and sledding with the rough movements.
The Whole Hockey Crew!
(I really was there too but I took all the pictures and didn't end up in even one)
Ainsley and Piper perched on a rock.We saw lots and and lots of deer tracks and even more deer poop (which we opted not to take a picture of) but no actual deer.
This was the perfect sledding hill. The snow here had not melted because it was in the shade but it was slick and crusty from the rain. We sledded all the way down and sometimes if you had a good push you went onto the ice and out near the middle of the pond.
Ainsley in "triple tree". We use this tree for photo ops every year!
Lost in contemplation!Dan fixing the rock wall. We do little repairs every time we're up there. It's always shifting and moving.
Here is a batch of ice crystals in my gloved hand. We would find these under rocks in the dirt. I guess the water would drip down under the rocks and get caught in dirt crevices and then freeze into these beautiful forms. MacGregor wanted to bring them home but I told him they would never survive the trip.
Here's a view from the forest floor. It thought it was so beautiful as I was looking up while stretched out on a bed of leaves.
Here is the semi frozen creek. My kids love to play here in the summer splashing and romping along the rocks, building swimming holes. I thought these ice formations were really cool.
This is the water running out of the above ice formation.
This is the dam that is at the end of the pond near the house. It also had some very large very beautiful ice formation.And here's one of my favorites. Right before we left as the sun was setting I snapped this. It's the area right in front of the dam. The area where the kids were NOT allowed to get near. I love this place - I really do. And I think I actually look forward to going again next winter, as long as I can be guaranteed a perfect day.