January 30, 2009

Kids in the 'hood are Brilliant

We all know there is no fun quite like Snow Fun...
Well here in the 'hood, we do it up right.
First, the conditions have to be perfect.
They were.
Thick layer of ice.
Followed by a nice cushy layer of damp snow.
Perfect slicker'n snot conditions for slidin' and sleddin'.

First, you outfit 'em up with high tech Slippin'-n-Slidin' gear.

The kind found at Target and Wal*Mart.
Then turn 'em loose in the streets.
Yes, that is his shoe pokin' through.
It was a fabulous idea...in my head.

You encourage them to be creative in their work.
If that isn't a Hood Snowgirl, then I need to close shop.
She's got her colors.
Her spiked bling.
Her flinty gaze,
a big caboose,
...and huge ta-tas.
Now with my Girl unknowingly enhancing them for me.
Thank you for that Sugar.
Your father is gonna be so proud of this post.
Gratuitous picture of my Baby.
He does not know he isn't a husky.
He thinks God created the white fluffy stuff just for him.

I was hoping to show you how absolutely gorgeous the ice was sparkling and shimmering in the sunlight. But alas, this picture does not give you the oooo ~ ahhhh feeling I was searching for.

No doubt this one of my baby, Olliver will though.

Okay, I'll stop! I can tell by his look and yours...

I snapped this right before we headed to The Hill.

Now, the saddest part of this post is I did not have my camera with me at The Hill. For if I did, you'd have to agree the kids in the 'hood, when left to their own devices, are brilliant and creative thinkers. Real problem solvers.

Not all the kiddos out sleddin' today had the great joy and privilege of owning a real sled, toboggan, disk or other snow vehicle.

So they got creative, solved the dilemma and provided for themselves.

Here's a short list of what I saw in action or deserted on The Hill today:

  • The typical garbage can lids.
  • Giant plastic sheeting.
  • Standard Okie blue tarp. (Their Daddy'll miss that coverin' one of his cars in the yard...)
  • Skateboards with no wheels.
  • Ice chest lid.
  • An ice chest.
  • Laundry baskets galore.
  • A gi-normous wok.
  • Cardboard. (if you're moving, The Hill is your box source.)
  • A cookie sheet.
  • A plastic flexible cutting board.
  • Metal flashing.
  • A realtor sign. (I should have taken old JBF signs and hocked 'em for a buck a pop. Coulda made Sashi and I a coupla bucks!)
  • A full size trash can.

And my two favorites...

  1. A full size pickup truck bed liner. (It carried a whole block's worth of kiddos.)
  2. And a Kiddie Pool. (It carried the whole fam damily. Including the dog.)

All in all it was a fabulous day.

We saw some spectacular crashes on the homemade jobbies.

The kids realized the whiny-hiney episode of owning only one serviceable sled at the moment was small and petty when they looked around and realized at least they had one. I was very proud of the way they eagerly shared theirs and experimented with the offered alternatives.

Oh, and their vocabulary was expanded today. Not in a good kinda expansion either. But hey! At least the poor neglected homeschoolers were socializing with their peers.

They came home sopping wet, freezing cold, red-faced and smiling from ear to ear.

I sure hope that wasn't our last Snow Day of the winter cause I'm hoping Taco Bandito (Sashi's lover) can hook the Shooter fam up with a truck bed liner for the next big snow.

Love Note to my Big Shooter: You missed it today Bubba! I know you wanted me to put their go-cart helmets on 'em...but Love, I already scar them by educating them at home. I just couldn't add Over Protective to the mix today...

Fact of the Day: Why is it significant that the first Roosevelt dime was issued on this day in 1946? Because in 1937 the then POTUS, who himself was afflicted with polio, asked his fellow Americans to each send him a dime for polio research, they did. He received 150,000 letters a day for months. He called the event The March of Dimes. On April 15, 1955, exactly ten years after Roosevelt's death, Dr. Jonas Salk announced his discovery of the first polio vaccine. Hence, when it came time to honor the late President, Congress chose the dime.


Kristina P. said...

Your little pug is so cute!!

Jill of All Trades said...

Oh gosh, seeing the plastic bags on the feet reminded me of my momma wrapping us up in bags when I was a kid. Funny how a memory can be triggered. Thank you.

Rudy said...

Love the crumbs 'boots'. Oh my where were you sledding? I found a great spot and it wasn't crowded at all and close by. I too hope we have at least one more snowy episode.

Flea said...

I like your Olliver. My middle boy's an Oliver.

The plastic bags are a great idea! My boys went to the reservoir yesterday with the two sleds. They were gone all afternoon. I just don't want to know what they get up to when they disappear like that.

The snow girl? She's spotin' the tatas, that's certain!

Gordostyle said...

As always.... flippin' hilarious! Love your posts girl... they make me smile EVERY SINGLE DAY!


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Anonymous said...

Oliver is adorable. ITA with the helmet decision. And pickup bed liner is hilarious.

YOU, however, are priceless! And you got more snow than we did.

Flea said...

I'll have to get a kiddie pool next summer.

Oh, and I'm tagging you in the morning.

ShEiLa said...

Check out those photos of yours girlfriend. Crisp. Clear. I can feel the freezing cold just by looking at them. Brrrrr.

for sure.


ps. way cool factoid. about the dime. didn't know that either. lots i don't know... just don't tell my kids. Ü

Anonymous said...

Sounds like your kids had a great time sledding. I remember sledding on giant black trash bags...what fun. Now we have a little hill right our backyard. It's great and challenging...lots of trees.

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