Winter is in full force in Michigan and we have been having a blast celebrating lots of things. I think Bella might have forgotten what snow was because upon the first snow of the season (pictured) we let her out and you would have thought she was on drugs. She ran, she jumped, she flipped, she kicked! It was so funny to see how much fun she was having!
Back when I first moved to Michigan with my family I hated the snow. I know hate is a really strong word, but I did. I downright hated it. I remember our first winter in Grand Rapids and we all had to buy big poofy winter coats. In Georgia we had no need for anything heavy so we all made a trip to the mall to prepare ourselves for the freezing temperatures. That was 2005 and I was only one year out of high school and back then Hollister was a pretty popular brand. So of course, that was the first place I decided to look to choose my practical winter coat. You would think I would have some basic common sense about temperature and climate but no, I chose this ridiculous-in-hindsight white puffer jacket with fur inside and fur collar. I thought I was stylish and cute but I was so, so wrong. In fact, the jacket didn't come down much past my waistline so my mid-drift was constantly getting these freezing updrafts and because I chose this clean white color, every time I brushed up against a vehicle, (stained with salt and dirt from the snow), my jacket would sustain another shade of ugly. I cried so much that first winter that the sleeves of that coat were stained from mascara when I held my hands up to my face to block the numbing blasts of below zero air. It would be two more years before I invested in a pair of gloves....but OH, how the times have changed.
I really have found a small place (hey, its still a place!) in my heart for these Michigan winters. There really is something so peaceful and beautiful about a fresh snowfall. Winter has always been cathartic for me since we have lived here, its such a visualize representation of the seasons in our lives. Things have to die to be new in the spring time and I love being able to live in that and see it with my own eyes.
So this winter, we have been playing and enjoying the snow, the cold and the fun that is to be had here. We had an amazing Christmas and celebrated my husband's 30th birthday yesterday. These photos are some of my favorites from the past few weeks!
|full on sprinting|
|singing at candlelight Christmas Eve Service!|
|Bella just loved ripping into the wrapping paper|
|Who cares if your pants come off? It's Christmas!|
|Left: How you think I act | Right: How I really act.|
|this is the most crazed look I have EVER seen|
|"who me" I'm not shredding the tissue paper....that must be another dog...an invisible dog...."|