Wednesday, December 5, 2012

Leaf Sledding

Did you know that leaf sledding is the next great olympic event?  On our last day with the Hickoks,  the kids were playing outside and Steve Daddy got the idea that they could sled down the hill using flattened cardboard boxes.
Well......not so much.  I tried this once.  In college some friends and I found a huge piece of cardboard and decided that we would sled down this very steep hill on it.  In summer.  We took it to the top of the hill and all piled on with visions of the awesome ride ahead.  And we sat.  Clearly the problem was that the cardboard wasn't slick enough, so we found some vaseline and gunked it on.  And we sat.  Clearly the problem was that we needed a running start, so we did a "ready, set, GO!" and leapt aboard.  And didn't go anywhere.  Clearly the problem was that too many of us were trying to go at one time, so we took turns running and leaping aboard.  And got battered and bruised for our effort.  Clearly the cardboard just wasn't the right cardboard, so we went searching for the kind of cardboard that's shiny on one side, but since the only piece we could find was not big enough to fit both cheeks of one of us, we gave up.  But we knew that, clearly, it would have worked had the right cardboard been big enough.

The kids had great fun, even if they didn't go anywhere.

But the wheels didn't stop turning.  Steve Daddy came up with plan B. Sleds!

They had a ball. It was perfect.

The girls wanted to push Miss Lydia.
And Lily cheered everyone on. Abnormally long arms she has....

The kids had such a great time.  It was hilarious to watch and heart warming to hear them laughing so hard.  It was a good reminder that it doesn't take much to have a fantastic time.  A couple of friends and a piece of cardboard. 

And maybe a sled or two.

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