Saturday, December 28, 2013

Our Christmas Sledding Story...


What a happy sight!
Ben was ecstatic- so genuinely amazed at this gift!


The children were so thrilled to have their very own sled!
FINALLY, they didn't have to share!


Each sled had "their name" on it!
The were cheering with joy!


And the plan was to go sledding in the afternoon!


Christmas day was perfect!


A fresh 4 inches of new snow on top of the already 5 inches that we had!


Partly cloudy with the sun peeking through!


25 degrees!


It
was
perfect!


We have two great hills at our new place!


One is a gentle hill in the back yard and the other is a bit more thrilling on the side yard!


Hubby and Mark were strategically placed at the top and the bottom of the hill to help the children!


I took pics from inside and watched the joy on the children's faces!



 I saw a few collisions but they seemed to all be doing well…


What a great Christmas activity!


Mark had to hop out of the way a few times for an in coming sled!


BUT
Things were beginning to happen that I was not aware of…


Outside the children were hearing loud cracking noises…
and
one
by 
one


their brand new sleds…
were cracking and falling apart underneath them…

Ben laid at the bottom of the hill and cried as he looked at his very broken brand new sled…

I was oblivious to what was happening but Mark and Hubby were living it…

one
by
 one
the sleds
broke 
and 
each time another child cried…

Hubby and Mark did the best they could partnering kids up to once again SHARE!

very soon there was only
 one unbroken sled left…
Anna's sled...

UGH!


Thank goodness the children all rallied and still had fun outside!
The rest of the day was fun and joy filled.

The event was a bit unfortunate but funny to think about now!

It is certainly a memory we will keep for a long time and one that we will laugh about as we look back on 
the Christmas of 2013!


It's kind of a shocking "sled" sight to see, isn't it!


The remnants are all in Daddy's car now and they will be returned to
Targ*t soon!

But 
there is redemption in this story!


The children each got shovels for Christmas too!


The next day they went outside to play and used their shovels as sleds!


Way to problem solve kids!



Good job improvising!



Look at Madeline go(on the right)!
These pics make me laugh!



So glad they did not let the situation get them down for long!



If there is fun to be had… they are having it!



I see survivors!



I love your creativity and positive attitudes!

We did get new sleds and the children are loving them!
Our new home even has a dryer in the mudroom- perfect for drying wet mittens and hats!
Blessed and Thankful!

13 comments:

Vicky said...

Oh my, what a disappointment for their brand new sleds to break apart! I love how they came up with plan B and went on having lots of fun!

How wonderful to have a dryer in the mudroom for drying out those wet winter clothes!

Seeing your children together brings me such joy! They are just precious. Thank you for sharing.

Jennie said...

Snap, Crackle, & Pop! Joy and Resilience are certainly personified in your family. As long as there is good snow for sledding, the creative minds think outside the box. Happy New Year! PS: Glad to note that one has to type in the correct numbers to prove that one is not a robot. The alphabet letters are always so puzzling and so un-decipherable.

Sammy said...

Poor Target-they already has the credit card hack. I certainly will not be buying any sleds there. : - )

Stephanie M said...

Jean,
Merry Christmas and Happy New Year! Your celebration looks wonderful! We, too, have a good amount of snow and have been enjoying sledding. Last Sunday we could not even make it to church because of the snow that day. It was a fun sledding day after a worship time here at home.
We have pre-approval for our sweet little girl in China! Getting closer every single day!
Blessings to you,
Stephanie

Sherri said...

Love the Christmas story, but so sorry about the sleds,that's too bad. I'm glad they all had fun, just wish I had snow here would love to go sled riding. My poor kids will never see it. To bad for target, I don't shop there.

Hanna said...

What fun, fun time for the kids but sadly the sleds were broken apart so short time and hope other new ones will last long time. Beautiful snow! Happy New Year to you all family!

Janet and Kevin said...

Oh my! The sleds breaking one by one made us kind of giggle now that it is over. It probably was very sad at the time, though!! Glad things turned around for your children!

Happy New Year!

janet and gang

Sally-Girl! said...

You are calling the country living to me loud and clear, just minus the snow!!

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aunt jackie said...

The pictures are wonderful ..and the story will be told and retold ..of Christmas 2013 .. and all while being a part of yet another "life lesson" .. =) ..j

Sandra & Steve said...

I'm glad they bounced back from tears to fun. Still so sorry it happened. Best wishes in the new year to you and yours!

Holly said...

Love that!! And I love all their Easter-egg coats. So bright and cheery! You are wonderful, Jean!

Karin said...

We have one of those very same sleds from Target--and it did the same thing. UGH. I thought my kids were just being to rough with it but now that I see your story, I am going to take ours back too! (Unless hubby threw it away already)