Saturday, January 22, 2011

Paper Paradise

Oh, the weather outside is frightful,
And we're feeling rather spiteful.
So off to the beach we will go;
We refuse to give in to the snow!


*Queue tropical music and salty sea breezes*

Ah, welcome friends, to the Isle of the Paper Palms, where the sun is always shining, the waves are always...waving...and the weather is conveniently controlled by a little box on the wall. If you're currently living in an icy tundra, the Isle of the Paper Palms is only a few snips away. Just close your eyes, make a wish, and go from this:


To this:


When we woke up on Thursday morning, our world was covered in ice crystals as far as the eye could see. Great for kids holding their breath for a snow day, not so great for the entire rest of the world. One day when our littles are big enough to enjoy the benefits of a winter wonderland...sledding, snow angels, building hazardous forts that make mom's hair turn gray...we will truly embrace the snow. We will bundle up and play outside until we're stiff with cold, and then we'll come inside to defrost with steamy mugs of hot chocolate and a pile of warm fuzzy blankets. It will be nice...someday. But that day is not today.

And while I know that I sound like a Scrooge, I must admit that the scene of white outside of our front window made my heart drop right into my guts. Babies and snow are a pain in the rear. I knew that there wasn't a snowball's chance in...Bermuda...that we were heading out in this junk, so I thought to myself, "Hmm...what can we do to have fun while the winter storm rages on?"

Why, we can hop our magic carpet once again and dream of warm, sunny places.



We traded long sleeves and pants for swimsuits and sundresses; we put away the coats and gloves and busted out our sunglasses and bonnets. We basked beneath the rays of a construction paper sun on taffy colored beach towels, and we thumbed our noses at the freezing cold temperatures we left back home.

Ah...this is the life....


Do you have any idea how much fun you can create by simply throwing a couple of towels on the floor? :) Kids eat this stuff up, I'm telling you....

And here is the lovely Gracie, perfecting her calendar-worthy tan. Work it, girl. You don't even need sunscreen at the Isle of the Paper Palms...and our sun is recyclable. Can't beat that.


Oh my, look at these sisters. *Sigh* Someday, girls, mom and dad will get you to the real ocean when it's snowing outside. For now, pass me a purple paper coconut.


I learned two things about some of our summer wardrobe items that day...first, it's a good thing that we took our vacation when we did, because that sun hat already barely fit Grace's head, and second - Evelyn is going to love wearing dresses this year. Score one for mama! She twirled all afternoon in her perfectly pink getup. I would definitely like to snag a few extra sundresses for our warm weather stash. Oh, daaaaddy, we need more mooooney....

Haha.


We rolled around and played in our paper paradise until lunch time, when we were called over by some locals for a good old fashioned hog roast over an open fire. Okay, so it was leftover ham heated up in the microwave...and the locals existed only in our imaginations...but it was still tasty. 

Yes, I would say that we successfully beat the snowy day blues and had ourselves one heckuva morning. There was only one thing that was missing....



3 comments:

Anonymous said...

Adrien,
A wonderful idea and the pictures are great.

Love Ya All,
Greg & Joan

Emily said...

One year, my mom really wanted to go to the beach, but we couldn't go for some reason. So, my dad set up these bright halogen lamps (to make it bright), he made a fire (to make it hot), and moved in a palm-tree-like potted plant into that room. My mom changed into a bikini, made a margarita, and sat in her lawn chair. It was pretty cool!! This post reminded me of that!

Adrien said...

^^ That is totally awesome!

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