An Ordinary Outdoor Winter Play Day

SONY DSCNice throw.  Nicer that you missed me, Charles!    It’s been a cold month.   What are the chances that  beautiful play-outside kind of weather would linger over the RedBarn  for the ONE winter day, since Christmas holiday visits, that my loved ones were gathering here?  There is a God!  I’m sure you knew that but I had to say it anyway.   These two brother-in-laws are mildly dangerous together; climbing mountains, wild on the ski slopes, kayaking down swollen spring streams. . .more.  Finding the deepest portion of hard packed snow on the RedBarn acreage and deciding to dig a fort with tunnel, chairs and a staircase. . . .ah, that was a slow day for this duo.

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With Minnesota afternoon temperatures climbing into the +20’s, prairie winds holding their breath for a few hours and warm sunshine flooding the snowy earth it was the perfect moment to dress up and enjoy some outdoor play time.   First off, let’s check the horses and ask Annie if she wants a chunk of hay.  So you know, the answer is always ‘yes’.

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Cool, Grandma’s snow tastes just like mine at home in North Dakota.

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All smiles when someone remembers where they last saw the old sled!

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Cousin-time; making memories that will last forever.

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Hang on buddy!

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There are many young dads in the world who love their little boy.  Likewise, lots of adorable two-year-old  boys who cherish their daddy.   Here is my real life  version of the perfect pair, Ben  and Willis.  Baby Luke is cute as a button too(inside playing with Grandpa).

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“I do trust Uncle Ethan, I do trust Uncle Ethan, I do trust Uncle Ethan.”

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Moms should maybe look away during the mid-air portion of the transfer back up the little hill.

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Uncle Charlie, snow fort engineer.   Can you put snow-fort building during your college years on a resume?

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Always ready for action are(double trouble) Drew and Livi!  I can’t resist teasing these two and they take the bad jokes so well,  “Is that a kitty on your head?  Do you need soup for supper since you lost another tooth? Should we bring you breakfast if you get stuck down there?”  They politely reminded me that my jokes, although bad, are not quite as bad as their dad’s are.   That made Grandma laugh!

SONY DSCIt does ‘take a village’.  So much to learn about exploring the parts of life, taking risks and trusting, working together to reach a goal. . . . .all by watching the people around us as we grow up.  Auntie Gina lets Ben do his own climbing with arms ready should he need her help.   SONY DSC

Years go by, life happens, you move apart and race through each day to meet the needs of your own family, your clients, students, coworkers and needs of the greater world.    Still, nice to know that your ‘little’ brother or your’ big’ sister has saved a tiny spot in their heart for only you.

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Play hard, sleep hard precious little one and dream about your ride on the sled.  Remember how things seemed faster, larger, and so exciting. . . in those early years?

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“Charlie, Charlie, tell us a story.   Pleeeeeease!   Another one about ‘Ingrid The Brave’.”

Thanks for sharing a look into an ordinary winter day of enjoying the countryside of life at the RedBarn.  You are right. . .spending time with family who you love, young or old, is  way past ordinary.

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