Tuesday, January 8, 2013

She Flies Through the Air With the Greatest of Ease

Mags: "MAMA! MAAAAAMMMMMA! WATCH THIS! Go, Tuck. GO!"
(insert 30 seconds of giddy squeals and screams)
Tuck: "You okay, Mags?"
Mags: "YES! Move it or lose it! Let's do that again."

Our front yard is a steady incline...or decline...depending on which way you're going. The kids love it because it makes for a great sledding hill. As soon as the snow covers the ground, our kids are raring to go. 

This year, we were treated to a white Christmas. And since then, the temperatures have hovered in the 30's...which means the snow hasn't melted much.

When my parents arrived the day after Christmas, the kids wasted no time filling them in about their sledding plans. My dad wasted no time getting them out there. He designed a smooth snow chute to keep their sleds moving with a little snow ramp at the end. 

After some trial and error runs while building up the ramp, we had success. In fact, a little more than we all expected. The kids FLEW. And I mean that literally...



After a few of these air defying feats, my dad and I planted ourselves at the bottom of the hill to catch the little speed demons. In between saving the kids' lives, he snapped some pretty great pictures with his camera. I thought I'd share one of the kids' runs he caught in consecutive order. 


I dare you not to smile. I DOUBLE DOG DARE YOU!



And, okay. They aren't the only ones who had a blast flying down that hill. 
Thanks, Dad, for making me the kids a cool sled jump!


Chris and I wrote a story about one of these sled rides a few years 
back for our children's story podcast. You can listen to it 
by clicking on the link below. Enjoy! 

Sled Ride: (6:06)
A little boy tells of his exciting sled ride down the 
hill whiletrying to avoid a collision.
Free audio download: Sled Ride
Blog with activities: Sled Ride


14 comments:

  1. I WANT TO GO SLEDDING!!!

    Man, that looks like fun!

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    1. Come on over! I'll catch you at the bottom. :)

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  2. Guapo and I get the next turn ... bobsled-style!

    Incredible pics! Great job, Grandpa ATM!

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    1. If you get the ketchup outfit, I'll wear a hamburger suit!

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    2. Done!!!! Right, Michele? I'll get our guest room ready. :)

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  3. LOVE that first picture of Mags catching air. So cool - so glad you guys had fun!!

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  4. I LOVE this and want to come visit the next time Papa Gee is visiting in the winter. Looks like a LOT of fun. Thanks for posting so many pictures!

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    1. Papa G is a lot of fun. Joe can play trains all day long. :)

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  5. That first shot has some wicked air time!

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  6. That first picture is amazing!
    Sledding is great, we just went last Sunday (that's one thing you can count on in the Canadian winter - there will be snow...)

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  7. That looks like so much fun! It has been ages since I went sledding - now I want to go!

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  8. So fun! The last picture is priceless :)

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  9. Oh, love this!

    From one snow mama to another, I know exactly how fabulous a perfect sledding hill is!

    And that last photo? Mama of the year potential, right there! Love!

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