Tuesday, February 5, 2013

A Family Date: Winter Festival

This past weekend we attended in the 22nd Annual Fire & Ice Festival in Plymouth, MN. It took us all a little while to get bundled up for the 10 degree weather, but Emma looked pretty cute in her cozy knitted hat. (Thanks Granna!) Thankfully the sun was shining, and the air felt more crisp than biting.

The annual festival includes hayrides, horse rides and sled dog rides, recycle bin races, miniature golf on the ice, snow bowling, youth ice fishing contest, recreational skating, a goofy hat contest, and even fireworks after dark. We raced around on a sled, enjoyed some hot chocolate and s'mores around a bonfire, and reveled in a tractor ride.

Emma enjoyed watching the older children play hockey and skate on the ice. She laughed and said they were, "Swimming!" (I don't think she has quite figured out the frozen lakes yet!)

We did have some tears when Emma's nose and fingers got too cold, but we all recovered in the warming house.

My 3 good things for today are:
  1. We had a fun-filled afternoon together as a family, for free!
  2. I got my exercise for the day by jogging next to Emma's sled.
  3. We got some great family photos to remember the day!

What winter activities do you like to do as a family? 

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