The Snow is Here!

Winter is coming! Wintere is coming! Winter is coming! 

Winter is HEEEEEERE!!!

We had our first snow of the season on Sunday, the day before Halloween. Isn’t that crazy?!  There were 122 accidents reported – no serious injuries though. Isn’t that (also) crazy? That’s why I never drive on the day of new snow. Many people forget how to drive over the summer, go too fast and end up in the ditch. Thankfully I have awesome tires on my car. I’m obviously more cautious when I drive, but my car handles so well in the snow.

Even so, hearing about accidents got me thinking about having an emergency kit in the car, just in case this ever happens to us. I keep thinking, we’ll if we run off the side of the road or something, we can leave the heat on and call for help. But really, what if keeping the car on isn’t an option? And, there is a good chance help could be 20 minutes away! We would be really cold and I would have two very cranky boys if we were stuck in a car in 25 degree weather. We have car emergency gear and a few basics in a little kit, but I’m thinking more along the lines of extra winter clothes like blankets, coats, hats, some basic food and water, and things like that.

So! That’s my project for this week. Any good tips? I guess if it’s winter we will already have our coats and hats in the car with us, but I think a blanket or two would be smart. And food. Definitely snack food. Oh, and I also want to put a picture of each child in the car with their name on it, birthday, parents name and phone number, emergency contact, etc. Yeah, I have lots of good ideas. Now I just need to get on this project!

Anyways. New snow = playing outside!

All dressed up and ready to go! Do you just love Lucas’s face in this picture? He looks like he’s about ready to get into some serious trouble.

Estimated time to get myself and two boys dressed in snow gear? Approximately 15 minutes, depending on how organized I am and how excited Lucas is to go outside or if he needs come convincing. Joshua has no idea what’s going on, besides the fact that I’m stuffing his body in layers and into a tight and constrictive snow suit.

I need to get a new pair of gloves for Lucas. We have several pairs, but none of them are amazing. I think it’s worth it to pay the extra money if I can find a pair that fits, stays on and is warm. I need a new pair, too!

Joshua loved the snow! He did great. I’m lucky that this snowsuit still fits him. I think he’ll get a few more months out of it. Lucas’s snow suit still fits him too, although it’s too short in the legs. Ha. He’ll need a new one soon, but I’m using it as long as I can!

We had so much fun playing in the snow. It’s going to be a long and fun winter ahead of us! Next step is to get the sled out of storage and organize our winter gear. I’m obviously not that prepared for winter.

Love my little snow bunnies!

Want me to send you some snow? It’ll probably only cost me $17 in shipping. 😉

Published by Samantha Mellen

Certified personal trainer & health coach helping women transform their lives through fitness, abundant mindset coaching and internal peace. Mom of two boys, living life in Alaska.

8 thoughts on “The Snow is Here!

  1. Your boys are so cute in their little snowsuits! I don't have an emergency kit in my car yet, but I always have extra clothes. I'll be putting snacks, extra gloves and a hat, a jacket, and a blanket in my kit. I hope I never have to use it, but it will definitely make me feel safer when I drive up to Anchorage.

  2. It snowed here in VA on Saturday – about 5 inches of wet, heavy snow. AND. I missed it. I was gone for the weekend. Boo – I love snow, especially the first snow of the season. It was all melted when I got back home…

  3. You're boys are darling!!
    We don't get snow here in NSW Australia, I always wanted to see it so maybe some day, gosh people here can barely drive properly when it rains heavy let alone snows!

  4. We just drove up through the mountains today and were thinking the exact same thing as you about having supplies in the car. We're thinking clothes, blankets, water, emergency flares, spare change (for pay phones if no cell service), food, and list of important phone numbers. I like your idea of the kids info but I would be worried if our vehicle ever got stolen.

    It's just started snowing here and I'm not a fan- I can't wait for summer to come back!

    BTW- I just bought my son the same snow suit as your youngest- I love the zip in the pants for quick diaper changes and how trim the coat is!

  5. You totally need to get the Children's Hospital app on your phone. It's actually for a hospital here in East Tennessee but I don't even use it for that. You put in your info and the kids info (allergies, medications, current picture) stuff like that and it's at the tip of your finger if an accident ever happens. Lord knows we always freak out and forget something when we need it most and all of the info is there on your phone. Plus it lets you password protect every bit of it so if you lose your phone, no one can get access to it. The app for iphones and droids/androids is “East TN Kids” and it's free. My daughter spent a lot of time in the hospital and I always went blank when they'd ask me questions about her and this helped alot. And I've been using my console in between the front seats of my SUV for snack stashes. 🙂

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