It’s been snowing continuously for 2 days, and looks like continuing for another 2 without stopping. So what do you do in Sweden on a days when all this snow tumbles out of the sky? You go outdoors and fully immerse yourself in it. One big reason for moving to Sweden was to fully experience four seasons in a year. Cold winters, snow, the lot! We awoke this morning to it now coming above the doorstep, and when your door opens outwards, opening the door involves trying to push the snow away to get out! I cleared the path twice this morning. I then gave up as it was more or less instantly covered again.
First was the school run this morning, and with all the sticks under snow, the mini men just carried snowballs…as you do!! These 2 lovely snowballs were made in the garden before we left. They were then lovingly carried all the way to school and home again! Once school finished at lunchtime (note no school closure for snow in Sweden!!) we headed out for a sledge. Usually my trio would have made about five snowmen too by now, but the wind is making the cold temperature feel even lower. It was also stinging a little, so sledging was enough of an adventure today. They have left snowmen fun for another day.
I went down a few times with them, but that is quite difficult. With four of us going in random directions all at the same time, I had to try not to take out one of my own children. I would then also run the risk of being blamed for ruining their sledging!! We lasted about 45 minutes, before we started back through the snowy peaceful woods on our 15 minute walk home.
It is so nice to be connecting the children to nature and the seasons by having the opportunity to do activities like this now here in Sweden. Their experience of weather conditions is broadening, and they are learning to handle them and have fun in them. They are addicted to the white stuff and will play for hours in it until gloves are soaked through, and toes are going numb.