Monday, December 29, 2008

The weather outside is DELIGHTFUL

I know I haven't posted in a while, but I promise —or maybe I should resolve— to post much more frequently.

We're gearing up for our third or fourth or fifth or tenth winter storm advisory for the month of December in Fargo. I'm not going to lie, I love it. I think people that choose to live in climates such as this need to learn to simply embrace it and enjoy winter's fury—err beauty.

I just got back from a whole week of family Christmas fun. I was fortunate enough to get to watch my two nieces for a few days when my sister and her husband worked. Having kids is seriously too much work. I love them, but it's nice to know I get to send them home.

Between numerous Barbie wardrobe changes and "more more" horsie rides around the living room, the temperature finally climbed above zero, so we could play outside.

My niece Elena, 4, enjoyed climbing atop the snow mountain in my mom's driveway.

Maia, 2, was a little less enthusiastic about the snow mountain.

She would have rather ridden her bike a little out of season.

We enjoyed a couple of cups of hot chocolate when we got inside.

Maia enjoyed hers with a few ice cubes in her Elmo cup with a side of princess gummies.

My mom makes her own cocoa mix. It's very similar to this recipe from Alton Browne. The girls thought it was pretty good.

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