We woke up this morning and saw SNOW! Raya was so excited--she kept blabbering about how the snow was white and cold and she was going to play in it and make a snowman etc. etc....then she insisted on getting her boots and by 7:30am we were out the door in the snow. In the cold, wet, blowing snow. Early. Before my coffee. And with 20 minutes of prep time bundling them all up to spend 15 minutes outside before Brielle and Mama called it quits (Raya would have lasted a lot longer!). But you know what made it all worth it? Getting "first snow" pictures, because Brielle was too little to actually play in snow last year!
So here's to documenting baby firsts! Brielle clearly loved it :-P
And let's just say, cold wet snow blowing in your face makes for some super attractive photos LOL
This was as close to a "sisters" picture as I could get. I imagined two smiling girls with coordinating snow sets hugging in the snow and giggling for a photoshoot. Instead I got this:
Raya had fun stomping in the wet snow and brushing snow off of things in the yard. I need to get her some real snow boots and waterproof gloves though b/c her little cotton gloves were soon soaked and her feet had to have been cold in those rainboots!
Brielle actually did much better in the snow than I anticipated . She never cried or anything---but maintained a look of "when is this going to be over so that I can get warm and have my paci back?" hehe
Let's remind everyone of Raya *last* winter
...and Brielle's only e xperience with playing outside last winter:
And let's just say I was so thankful this morning that I could sit inside in my pjs instead of going outside to scrape off my car for work! Lee better get all the boxes out of our garage soon so I can park inside!
Ok, now for my "real" Thankful post of the day. I am thankful for this little girl, who scared the living daylights out of me this morning
You see, Raya has ALWAYS eaten like a starving African child who's just been given her first taste of food in over a week---she shovels food in. We tell her "take small bites!" but if we're not standing right by her sometimes she will decide she wants down from the table for some reason and so she'll just shove the rest of her food in her mouth and try to get down from the table.
Well today she was eating a peanut butter sandwich and before I knew it she was down from the table with a mouthful and then the next thing I know she's choking--for real CHOKING! I literally had to do (my pathetic version of) the heimlich maneuver! Are my kids the only ones who scare me me near death experiences constantly?! Good lord! So anyways, at first she was just kinda gagging I thought so I went over to her and before I knew it she had the wide-eyed turning bright red no noise coming out choking face--insert panic! I've been trained (through my old job) in CPR and heimlich etc. but you know how that goes--you have a general vague memory of what to do but never really plan to do it and in the heat of the moment you aren't thinking clearly anyways! So I just took Raya and did some random, distant cousin version of the heimlich and thankfully I managed to dislodge 3 giant chunks of peanut butter bread. And as she starts crying, through her tears I can hear her make out the words "I hungry mama, I eat!" ARE YOU SERIOUS CHILD?! You almost choke to death and the first thing you want to do after you can breathe again is eat MORE food?! Ya gotta love her.
Now ever since then Raya keeps saying "I choke on floor Mama" ---because her food fell onto the floor after I did the heimlich. And then she says "I take small bites" , because that's all I've said since then--Raya, you have to take SMALL BITES! Oy. I'm practically pre-chewing Brielle's food now. As though I wasn't paranoid enough.
So anyways, I'm VERY THANKFUL that this morning didn't turn out a lot worse and Raya seems completely fine. Let this be every parent's reminder that if you don't know how to do CPR, etc. please take a class, buy a training video, or something. I know I have been more paranoid about Brielle and choking lately, but children under 3-4 years old are still high risk according to statistics! Ok, we'll now end my PSA and return to regularly scheduled blogging :-P
Here's one more cute one of Raya from this morning. She told me "It's just snot Mama"
Pretty sure this look of Brielle's means "don't make me go back out there!"
Wanna know Raya's new favorite thing to do? Brush her teeth! She hated the toothpaste I bought last time (some strawberry kids stuff) and so she'd just been brushing with water until I got something different. Well yesterday I let her pick out bubble gum flavored princess toothpaste and a new toothbrush, and now she's brushing like 3-4 times a day haha. I'm sure the new-ness will wear off soon
To end, here is Brielle helping me "fold" the laundry yesterday hehe
Oh, one more thing. Today I got a blog award!
It's given to super awesome up and coming blogs with fewer than 200 followers--phew, good thing I don't have *quite* that many (yet!) hehe. It was given to me by my friend Mary who blogs over at It is what it is . Definitely go check her blog out. She's a "real" blogger-- you know, one who actually thinks about her blog posts and has a storyline and topic to discuss and doesn't rely on cute pictures of her kids but instead is funny and insightful and stuff. Well, she does have cute pictures of her kids too :-P I will be passing it forward to a few of my blog picks later---this entry is already long enough for now. Happy snow day everyone! :-)