Nothing says winter-time-family-togetherness like heading out on the ice. No, we didn't go ice fishing. For obvious reasons, not the least of which is the serious lack of diaper changing stations out on lakes these days.
Instead, we took advantage of the incredibly nice weather and the TINY bit of snow we had to take out the sled. The kiddos have been begging (at least those who can talk) to use the sled but Hubby has strictly forbidden sled use on bare gravel. Something about scraping the bottom of the sled, I don't know I kinda tuned out but I'm sure Kiddo1 could re-tell the tale in exquisite detail. (Say that 5 times fast!)
We loaded up the sled with the girls.
Kiddo1 soon realized that it was more fun to give than receive, sled rides that is. Kiddo3 hung on for dear life.
We all cheered him on as he sawed a bigger hole in the ice. He was installing a prototype solar collector over the top of the hole to keep it from freezing. He's not sure of the result, but if it's worth doing, it's worth doing poorly first!
For those of you fearful that my kids would fall through the ice (Hi Mom!), it was at least a foot thick.
The Little Grey Mouse (aka Kiddo3) loved, LOVED her first sled ride. Laughing and waving her hands and trying to scoot the sled while we were stopped.
(And, yes, for those of you very observant readers, we did switch sleds mid-walk. The baby sled was much safer for Kiddo3 and since everyone else wanted to walk. Well, it just made sense!)
So, with winter upon us, we don't have a lot going on farm-wise. But that's good, we all need a rest and even though sawing through the ice is hard work, it leads to ice fishing which is very fun! And tasty!