Do You Want to Build a Snowman?

My Birthday Snowstorm

It doesn’t have to be a snowman.

I am currently obsessed with the movie Frozen. Yes, it’s Disney, which I admit I grew up on and pretty much loved up until I met my Grinch of Disney husband. Now I’m quite the critic as an adult. But seriously, the music in Frozen is right up there with Little Mermaid and Aladdin. The song “Let It Go is going to win that Oscar.

Now back to this post…this past weekend Portland was, literally, frozen. That rare, perfect snowstorm came through — one where we actually get *some* snow and it sticks. Moving from the east coast, I truly miss snow, snow days, and being snowed in… so despite my lingering cold, I loved our staycation in Snowlandia. I didn’t have to hurry off to tennis; instead, I went for scenic (and slow) runs (and no, I didn’t wipe out). We had a fire going the whole time, played games, watched Netflix, and I cooked a ton.

My Birthday Snowstorm

But mainly the weekend was awesome because Milo got to play in the snow! He loved it. The first day, we immediately took him sledding on the resident hill. He was very brave. He kept wanting to go faster, higher, and farther.


Milo sledding down the big hill.

We were having so much fun we didn’t realize how long we had been out there, with temps in the teens and snow still falling. By the time we got home, the poor kid’s hands and feet were frozen.

My Birthday Snowstorm

By the second day, the hill had gotten a lot more slippery, and after one wipe out (and a few tears), we joined our friends on the baby hill. By the end, Milo was going down and pulling the sled back up the hill on his own.

My Birthday Snowstorm

Sure, Portland gets made fun of for not knowing how to drive in the snow, but it’s pretty awesome how many know how to cross country ski. It was the mode of transport this weekend; our friend organized the Stumptown Birkebeiner, an impromptu Urban Ski Race. We are lucky to live close to everything, so we were able to get out, walk to the park, and go food shopping with Milo in tow.

My Birthday Snowstorm

Unfortunately, not everyone can get around by boogie board and we had to reschedule Chippy’s 30th birthday party. In theory, it was the perfect setting to stay in and play games all day (which was the original plan). So Chippy and I had our own game weekend, playing at every non-Milo-waking-moment. There were some (relatively low) cabin fever moments, and we would walk around the house quoting Olaf, the super lovable snowman in Frozen, who “loooves the idea of suuummer, and suuuun, and all things hooot…” We did get one visitor: props to the Greenhunts for hiking across town with two kids to join us for brunch.

All my pictures are stolen from Chippy’s beautiful documentation of our Frozen Weekend here. The best: these series of action shots of Milo’s epic wipe-out.

My Birthday Snowstorm

My Birthday Snowstorm

My Birthday Snowstorm

My Birthday Snowstorm

My Birthday Snowstorm

My Birthday Snowstorm

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