This afternoon the boys donned their snow gear and started to head outside. Ten seconds later, this appeared.
Hailey waved at me and said "Bye, bye! Side". (Side is Hailey's version of "outside"). She followed the boys to the garage (one of them "might" have shut the laundry room door in her face). She was crushed. They left without her. I sent his pic to Dad. Jokingly (I think :-), he texted back "a good mom would take her outside". Crap...he's right. This has been our who knows what number of snow and I haven't taken her out in it once. We didn't get any snow last year. I'm positive she wasn't out either of the other years. So, mommy-guilt got the best of me and I gathered up some snow gear for Hailey. Note to self: Buy Hailey snow pants next year. Fortunately, I kept some of Ian's stuff (probably on accident because they were in the garage and I didn't remember they were there).
I walked Hailey down to where the kids were sledding. Hailey grinned from ear to ear. She loves being outside and loved the snow. She loved being with the "big kids". I let her take a couple of turns with the boys and their friends and then once by herself. We were both cold by that point so we headed home. She was still grinning when we came inside.
For once, I'm glad I gave into the the mommy-guilt this time. It was worth is all to see the pure joy on Hailey's face. Now, however, I'm ready for the snow to be gone and spring to arrive!! I'd much rather play with her outside in jackets than snowboots.
|It is so hard saying no to this face.|
|She needs a little practice with holding onto her sled :-)|
|The boys were disturbed with her camo gloves and boots...thank goodness mommy can be a pack rat!|