It's snowing in New Orleans!
For the first time in 4 years (and then it was just a light dusting), it is actually snowing. As I walked past a window this morning, I saw it coming down in big, fat flakes. I screamed to the kids, who took all of 2.4 minutes to get bundled up and within minutes, the entire community was outside, kids catching snowflakes on their tongues, snowballs being hurled between boys, a few daring children making snow angels in the wet stuff, and mothers in their pj's with cameras in hand...all marveling at this wondrous stuff called snow, and marveling at our children and their absolute bliss over something so beautiful and natural.
Sweet little Anne Claire has pronounced herself an "inside girl" by shutting her eyes, blinking rapidly, saying "it cold" repeatedly, and then chanting a mantra of "inthide, mama, inthide..." until I returned her to the warmth of our home.
Griffin is in awe. This is his first time seeing snow, let alone playing in it. The first thing he did was tightly pack a snowball and sent it sailing towards his brother's head. That's Griff for you.
Tucker immediately set to work building a snowman. He was barking instructions at his brother and several other neighbor boys last time I heard him.
So here we are, December 11th in southern Louisiana, and it is snowing. The hot chocolate is on the stove, and I'm playing Christmas carols.
It is indeed "the most wonderful time of the year"!