We aren't the sort of folks to be cooped up for long periods of time. After 24 hours of snowy weather it was time to head out of doors for a bit. Christopher and Daniel opted for a snowball fight, Chris shoveled a bit... and I took to the back side of the property to follow animal tracks.
I have always been fascinated with wild animals. when the boys were little we would track animals in the mud or dirt, today it was snow...
I remember well having an old boy scout book that belonged to Jamie hiking around with the boys trying to figure out what animals had visited. Thrift shops are wonderful places to try and find old scout books, and they are a gold mine of interesting information.
The boys would come in to warm up with hot chocolate and draw pictures of the animals they had " tracked'... many times they would look at the Hand Book of Nature Study or several of the Rod and Staff nature books on the shelf and we would read aloud about the different animals.
There are so many good nature sites these days to share with your children. The National Audubon Society has so many age appropriate activities... just the thing to get through those long wintry days.
I thought I would share my Mother In laws hot chocolate recipe. We always kept a jar full on the counter during cold weather.
10 cups powdered milk
4 cups confectioners sugar
16 oz non dairy creamer powdered( there are so many fun flavors out there now to try)
4 cups Nestle's Quick
1 cup cocoa powder
combine and store in airtight container.... mix 1/4 cup in a mug of hot water... enjoy!
I leave you with a picture of Chris and me enjoying the snow
Temps dipping into the single digits tonight..stya warm... and have a fine day.... all day long!