Kipper was hiding this morning snuggled inside mommy’s snow boots with LM’s funny hat on and boy did LM find that hilarious. Her response in finding Kipper this morning, which was immediate, was;
“Oh Kipper. Oh no Kipper get hat off, my hat. Goes outside? We go outside in the snows?”
LM knew immediately what Kipper’s presence in my boots meant this morning for her activity, and she was chomping at the bit to get to it all afternoon. The activity of course was playtime in the snow! We had a decent little snow fall come yesterday, and it was just warm enough to be out for a few minutes this afternoon.
The snow is quite powdery right now so it doesn’t pack into snowballs but does stick to gloves very easily. I tossed some snow at her, and she quickly caught on that that was a fun thing to do. Since the snow would not pack though she scooped a bunch into her gloves and came running at me and smashed it into my jacket. It was so funny to see her come running at me all excited to hit me with the snow. I am excited to see what she thinks once it is able to be packed into balls, and we can make a snowman or something of the like.
We stayed outside for a whopping 10 minutes before we both were way to cold, but even in that timeframe we had so much fun. LM did lay down and attempt a snow angel as well which was beyond adorable. She has the arms down but not the feet. She will move her arms once or twice and then sit up and make the rest of the impression with her hands.
I cannot believe how fast she is growing, and I love how much fun she has outdoors.
While our time with Kipper isn’t much longer it has been fantastic to see all the fun things we have been able to do with him and how LM reacts to him. I love that he has activities and while we may change the set up as the years go on I know that this will always be a valued and fun tradition in our home from this year forward. We have had some pretty amazing adventures this December many of which I wouldn’t have thought of without Kipper to use as inspiration. Not only has this been a fun activity for LM but personally for me it has allowed me to broaden my horizons in thinking of activities and adventures for us to do. It has helped me break away from boring and day to day stuff and give her something fun and stimulating to do every day, something that I am sad to say doesn’t always happen. These activities have also allowed us to slow down a bit as a family and do more things together which has been very nice for our family relationship. It took partaking in these activities to really realize that we needed a bit more of that, and now I think it has allowed us to bring that into our routine even once Kipper is gone for the year. I am grateful that I was able to objectively view the “Elf on the Shelf” and adapt it to fit into my family and our beliefs and upbringing style. I am grateful for all the fun times it is giving us and moments that will truly never be forgotten. Looking forward to the final days of Kipper’s adventures and see what he gets up to before Christmas arrives.