Il neige

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A new level of chill has settled in our valley. The heat kicks on regularly, hats are essential. They say we are in for another big snowy, cold year like last and it feels that way. We’ve dug out the woolens, down and ski gear. My family is ready. We love snow. 
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And while this photo illustrates me in my normal, happy state: 
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I did have a brief and fiery swing in the other direction the next morning. I wrote about it in this week’s mama digs: iMadeIt.

ps one more day to toss your name in for the Blue Q giveaway!

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all photos taken with a Canon Digital SLR from Vanns.com

30 Responses to Il neige

  1. WE saw our first snow last weekend! Of course it is pretty much gone now, but for those brief moments it was beautiful to see. (When I wasn’t grumbling about not having power for a week, that is!)

  2. Cheyenne says:

    The photos are beautiful. I love your girls in all their color!!!! Your snow is all I will see for awhile but that is ok for now – I remember as a child my mom would let us stay home from school on the first snow (even if it was just a bit and school was not canceled).

  3. Minnesotagal says:

    Ha! Speaking if technology glitches here’s what I tried to post on Mamlode but it wouldn’t take:

    Cut-copy-paste…

    And funny that it’s generally making-life-easier technology that leads to those funks! I too went through those growing pains with my iPhone and still have a love/hate relationship with it and most other forms of technology. I still have my non-D SLR because I love the simplicity of technology it represents. Many more steps above a pinhole but still the same concept and nearly completely self serviceable.
    Ps: anote and shopping list are my two can’t remember life without them aps that are on the love side of my iPhone relationship. What are yours?

  4. Alie says:

    LOVE the photo of Margot with snow on her finger:). How precious!

  5. Awesome outfit, sweet baby, good dog, cleared trail, beautiful snow and view and NO structures in site…..That last photo looks like pure Bliss to me:) Barefoot Mama

  6. Jess says:

    You should send that picture of Margot to Patagonia. It looks like an ad!

  7. Melina says:

    Hey Nici! Yes, I happened to be home in Vermont for the first snow. So exciting, every year…
    I love M’s hat, did you make that?

    xo,
    Melina

  8. I love Alice’s expression in that last picture. I can see her say, “What? Why are we stopping? Can you take the picture already? I. need. to. run.”

    Skiing is around the corner for your clan. :)

    -Jennifer

  9. We had our first big snow storm the weekend before Halloween. We were pretty surprised in Philly because that doesn’t usually happen to us until December or so : )

  10. Malissa says:

    I always seem to have a very dysfunctional experience when I am trying to adapt to a new device! Your story was very familiar in mama digs this week. But on the up side, now you can play with the cool photo apps. I love my hipstamatic! Have a great week! :) M.

  11. April says:

    I wish I could be this happy about the impending snow… ah, I need an outdoor winter hobby. Instead I think of winter as the time to drink tea and read in bed all day.

  12. memomuse says:

    via mamalode.com:

    ilike it!

  13. Tina says:

    via mamalode.com:

    I’m like that too, all too often – I just can’t let things go and get over the hump and move on. Next time I’m in a funk like that, I’m totally taking a hike by myself!

  14. via mamalode.com:

    By yourself! It’s amazing. I didn’t even bring Alice…I felt a little guilt about that but I threw my shoes on and stomped straight out the door, carrying nothing. I recommend!

  15. Lisa Hensley says:

    via mamalode.com:

    Ooooh, I hate that feeling…that you KNOW you shouldn’t be bugged by this stuff, but you are and now you’re not only irritated at the stuff that bugs you but also at yourself for being irritated in the first place.

    Glad you stomped it out.

  16. Becky says:

    via mamalode.com:

    Thanks for the dose of honesty & how you redirected your funk-ity funk. I appreciate this perspective. Now, hopefully, I can channel my funk into something less funky.

  17. Jean says:

    via mamalode.com:

    The fast, hard pummeling of an uphill trail focusing all my angst and frustration into propelling myself to the top is the best relief there is. I’m with you, woman.

  18. Jenny says:

    via mamalode.com:

    ilike your perspective on things. We all have days like that and it’s a good reminder that we are human and that we get to decide how we handle it.

  19. sk says:

    via mamalode.com:

    Thank you for this! Your perspective is so wonderful– I just love your energy!!

  20. Sarah says:

    via mamalode.com:

    Oh I can completely imagine this happening to me. Must remember next time to use the adrenaline to come down. There is NOTHING like a good hard tramp up a mountain (hey, I’m a kiwi we use that terminology) to make the world right again. x

  21. MinnesotaGal says:

    via mamalode.com:

    And funny that it’s generally making-life-easier technology that leads to those funks! I too went through those growing pains with my iPhone and still have a love/hate relationship with it and most other forms of technology. I still have my non-D SLR because I love the simplicity of technology it represents. Many more steps above a pinhole but still the same concept and nearly completely self serviceable.
    Ps: anote and shopping list are my two can’t remember life without them aps that are on the love side of my iPhone relationship. What are yours?

  22. via mamalode.com:

    I don’t know any apps yet! But I will check those out.

    I HEAR YOU on the double-edge swordness of technology. I’ve had some big hang ups this year and, oy.

  23. Ellie says:

    via mamalode.com:

    I so know that destructive spiral: knowing how dumb it is to be annoyed at something dumb, and yet letting it get to me and twist my perspective completely out of shape. I hate gadgets for the same reason, and long ago gave up my “smart” Gphone, which seemed to be chomping down on whole chunks of my time. Good for Andy for sending you out on that hike alone. That’s a good man.

  24. rebecca says:

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    ,,,iknow that “funky ass funk” not too many things that can relieve me of it when it settles in; though, hiking up a mountain, sweating it out, hearing my breath and watching the ground below my feet get me back to center,,,you did all the right things to preserve the “other” half of your day,,,”leonard” probably was a newbie,,,

  25. trbholt says:

    via mamalode.com:

    I hate those wasted events…been there….just yesterday on the phone for one and a half hours with Samsung trying to locate 4 screws for a wall-mount….end result NOTA! Back at it again today…..

    xoxo

  26. Meghan says:

    Such a purdy landscape. We just survived a huge snow (in MA)and 7 day blackout. By day 7, it was hard to pull me out of my funkity-funk. Luckily, you posted a lot that week and I was able to steal a little of your perspective. So, you know, thanks for that!
    http://www.bylerfam.blogspot.com

  27. Daniele says:

    I heart you … everything I read that you write is like, custom for me ;)

  28. gelka says:

    Oh how I wish I could learn to embrace the Colorado snow like you embrace the snow in MT. But I hate it. However, it does “sound” prettier in French! :)