After Sue ran some errands down in Dover Monday 01/13/20, she swung by the shop to pick up Mia for an overnight visit.
Pile up at the bottom of the hill.
We were supposed to have had her for the week, but the business trip that Gary and Marissa had planned on had to be canceled because three was just too much going on at work to leave for that long. We had asked if we could grab her for an overnight, and I think Gary and Marissa appreciated just a small break. We were thrilled, of course, to snatch her up for a visit!
Because it was lunch time, Sue swung by Burger King. Mia wanted to go inside, and so there was all the drama of pulling her out of her car seat and all that, but from what I hear they had a good time. Sue was nice enough to grab a sandwich, and bring it home for me.
Of course, Beau went crazy when they pulled into the driveway. I let him out to go greet them, and he almost fell over a couple of times slipping on the light blanket of snow that had fallen. It wasn't long after they got inside, that Sue had Mia get her snow suit on. Mia had brought her snow sled with her, and Sue said that she'd take Mia sledding out in the backyard on the hill, and then to walk Beau through the woods behind the house.
While Sue was changing into her gear, I took Mia out to check out conditions on the hill. It was pretty slippery as the temps had really dropped overnight. I think it was still around 29 degrees, and snowing when Mia came flying down the hill with Beau leaping all around her. Sue came out, and she and Mia took a couple of runs together down the hill.
Mia wanted Sue to take a run by herself, and so, of course, Sue had to go up higher on the hill, and really give the sled a shove. She came zooming down the hill right at me, and had to really dig her hands and feet into the snow to stop her from crashing into the bottom end of where the brook empties out from the drainage pipe that runs under the yard. Yeah, and she fell off the sled and rolled across the flats, and got covered in so much snow that Mia laughed while dusting her off.
Here comes Sue and Mia down the hill on their first run.
Beau chasing after them as they take another run down the hill.
Skidding to a halt at the tree line.
Mia helping Sue to her feet.
On their stomachs? Really?
What a mess! Beau can't believe it....
Pile up at the bottom of the hill.
Mia, Sue, and Beau heading off to go snowshoeing in the woods.
After the girls got back from their snowshoeing, we all sat in the living room by the wood stove, and watched the movie Frozen. Neither Sue or I had seen it, and so it was a lot of fun sharing that with Mia.
Marissa had warned us that Mia would insist on wearing her dress, and so here she is.
Wood stove going as a warm backdrop to the movie Frozen.
Mia insisted on helping out fixing dinner.
Hey, I got this, Gramps....
Because it was getting late, we put the movie on hold, and went into the kitchen to fix dinner. Mia had wanted to have another camp out, floor meal, and so Sue spread a blanket out for them.
Mia and Sue have a camp out on the floor dinner.
It had been a long day, and not only did we know that Mia was probably beat, she looked it. Without a peep of protest, Sue got her teeth brushed and up into bed by 7:00 pm. I went up and tucked her in, but we never heard a sound from her until Sue got up around 6:00 am Tuesday morning.
Mia didn't seem to be hungry, and only had a little bit to eat for breakfast. Sue asked her if she'd like to do some yoga with her in the living room. The two of them got in front of the tv with a video playing, and did a few poses until Mia got bored.
Reaching for the sky....
After finishing yoga, Sue got Mia bundled up, and the two of them took Beau for another snowshoeing hike through the woods out behind the house. When they got back, they finished off the visit with a few final sledding runs down the hill.
Mia breaking the trail with Beau in the lead.
One of the last sled runs down the hill.
It turned into an uncontrolled spinning slide with both of them tumbling through the snow, and Beau jumping on top of them.
After dropping Mia off back home, Sue and I drove up into Rochester for an early dinner at the Lilac City Grille. Even a couple of days with a 4 year old is enough to warrant a small celebration! We were both pretty beat, and I hadn't done much — Sue must have been totally wiped out with all the sledding and snowshoeing. We got home, watched a movie that I can't remember, and called it an early night.