I have added 4 (yes 4) more videos to the website and also added 1 photo album. The 4 videos are of us playing in the snow doing different activities and the photo album is pictures of the kids playing in the snow. One of the videos, Sledding, is of the kids sledding out in the front yard, we have a small hill that drops into our drive way and is the perfect size for the kids to go down. The hill is slightly steeper in person than it appears on the video. Halee was the main one that was going down the hill on the sled, Gavin still just couldn’t hold on to the handles. As you can tell in the video he was kind of limited in his movement of his arms. His first ride on the sled (which wasn’t on the video) he slid of the sled and fell face first in the snow and then that is where the video picks up. The top of the sled was pretty slippery and he just couldn’t quite manage to stay on, but Halee got the hang of it and loved every minute of it. She really didn’t want to stop at all, even though it was a nice warm temperature of 8 degrees F.
The second video is of us playing in the fresh powder in our backyard. We just had fun running around and throwing snow at each other and playing with a few balls in the yard. As you can see in the Playing in the Snow video Gavin didn’t do just a whole lot of moving in the snow at all. I don’t think that he was sure about walking quite yet, but he didn’t want to go inside he was much happier just standing there watching Halee and I play in the snow. I would just move him when Halee and I went somewhere else in the yard to play and then he would just stand there. Then in the 4th video Gavin Walking in the Snow, he finally decided that he wanted to try out walking around in the snow and really had a great time doing it. I didn’t have the big camcorder out there, but did have the digital camera and wanted to get video of him taking his first steps in the snow. The quality isn’t the greatest, but it is video of him walking through the fresh snow. I also took a lot of photos of the kids while they were playing out back and that is what is in the photo album, Snow Dec. 2005.
The other video is of me trying to have a little fun myself,Front Yard Snowboarding. I decided rather than clearing off the stairs, to pack the stairs and make a drop in for my snowboard and then built a little ramp on the other side of the driveway to jump. I had made a bigger ramp, but wasn’t going fast enough off the drop in to really get any distance off the ramp, I would actually stop at the top of the bigger ramp, so I decided to make it smaller. Even though it doesn’t look like much, I still had a really fun time riding my snowboard in the front yard. The day before I actually rode my snowboard from the top of our yard down the hill into the street and then down the street a little ways and that was also a lot of fun. I know that while I was doing it people that drove by would slow down to see what in the world I was doing with a snowboard on in the front yard, but it was a lot of fun. I am sure that some were laughing at me and I am sure that some of you that watch the video and read this will laugh, but you all do have to remember when watching it that I am really just a big kid!!! I hope everyone enjoys watching the videos and I had a lot of fun playing with the kids in the snow. Today I got out the sled and took Gavin out and set him between my legs and we went sledding down the stairs and her really had a blast and kept saying, “More, More!” So he got a chance to really enjoy going sledding like Halee did, I never sent him down on his own he really can’t hold onto the handles quite yet, but maybe next year. We might see Halee flying down the stairs and over the ramp next year on a snowboard or skis!!!
Those subscribed to our video feed will probably already have them downloaded on your computer, they were put on earlier today.