3 Tips for an Improved Sledding Experience

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Sledding.

It’s a wonderful winter pastime; a true classic for kids and adults alike. I love sledding. It’s so fun. Of course, in order to sled, you need three things, all of which are essential.

  1. A hill to sled down,
  2. A sled to sled with,
  3. Snow to sled on

All three together, you have an afternoon of fun waiting to happen. For years I have enjoyed whizzing down the hill, running back up, and sliding down again. My brother and I have made ramps and bumps to hit and invented a couple games to play.

Through it all we have accumulated quite a few sledding stories. From those sledding stories, tidbits of knowledge. And those tidbits of knowledge? Well folks, that’s what I am going to share with you today. If anything, my trial and error won’t become your own–that is, you’ll learn something from my past (and failed) experiences.

Sledding Tip #1: Don’t Walk on the Track

There is always a section for walking and a section for sledding. These are always two distinct areas; never one in the same. That way as you’re walking up, other people can sled down. As you’re sledding down, you won’t hit people walking up. Nice, right? Another plus to this is that when the snow freezes hard, your track won’t be a frozen strait of footprints. A frozen track of footprints makes for a bumpy ride. Don’t walk on the track.

Sledding Tip #2: Be Wary of Ice 

Ice is the best thing to sled on because of the speed factor. To feel the wind against your face as you speed down the hill…ahhhhh!!! It’s so fun. One year we arrived to the sledding hill only to discover that everything was covered in a layer of ice. Of course we had to stay and try it out. We slipped and shuffled our way up the hill and soared down. It was a blast! Except we couldn’t make the return trip up. The result of trying was falling flat on your back. Ice is fun, but only in limited quantities!!

Another potential hazard of ice-sliding is not being able to stop your sled when you reach the bottom and possibly hurting yourself. (My mom will be nodding and saying to herself, Mm-hmm, when she reads this.) But as long as you avoid the big ice boulders where snowplows have dumped their snow, then you’re perfectly fine!

Sledding Tip #3: Know How to Steer

I have been sledding for years. I know how to steer a sled. But if you saw me last week, sledding down the hill, trying to hit a snow ramp? You would’ve said to your buddy, “Wow, that chick needs to learn how to steer.” As you watched me circle and circle and circle and circle my way down.48-in-wham-o-snowboogie-alpine-rocket-foam-sled-15498

Last year I broke my sled while sledding. I really love these foam ones because they are nice to land on after hitting a ramp. They are pretty sturdy. Assuming you don’t land on the handle a bunch of times and break it off, like I did. When I found two new foam sleds at Salvation Army, I was stoked! Last week my brother and I got to try them out for the first time. But for the life of me, I just. can’t. stop. spinning. And I have no idea why! I’ve tried shifting my weight, sitting on the back of the sled, the front of the sled, lying on my stomach (I can go mostly straight when I do that). I usually sit on my knees, you see. Anyways, before I had it 100% figured out, I thought I would hit the ramp we made.

Bad choice. Just as I was about to hit the ramp, I turned sideways and demolished it. After rebuilding, I tried again. Only this time, I hit it backwards, flew in to the air, and landed on my side. My brother encouraged me to try it again, so I did…and I hit it straight on!! The landing was less than graceful though.

Oh, here’s another one I just remembered. Instead of ramps, my brother and I decided to make these speed bumps down the track. We dug small trenches and built bumps and hit them. The Bro went and then it was my turn. But as I went down, my sled turned sideways.

“Don’t hit it sideways!” he yelled, but I didn’t hear. As he later described to me, I looked like Superman slamming through a skyscraper and skidding to a stop, leaving a dirt trail behind me.

Practice makes perfect and once I figure out this doggone sled, I should be able to steer just fine. (It’s not me!)


Okay y’all…I think that’s it! All I can think of at the moment, anyways. 😉 All the information in this post has been gleaned from past and personal experiences, though I do not claim to be an expert. 😉  I’d love to hear about your sledding experiences in the comments below. If there’s one thing I love about winter, it’s the sledding…it’s so fun!

Until the next time, folks! Happy Almost New Year!

Emma xo

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My First Day Without Braces

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So today was the day! Early this morning I woke up in avid anticipation of what would occur…and it finally did! I, my friends, am braces free. Whoo hoo! 😀 Mother Dearest bought me the promised Corn Nuts, two original and one ranch flavored. Boom baby. B) One bag is already gone, with a little help from my family. Corn nuts never tasted so good. Also, I can crunch on carrot sticks without worrying about breaking something. (Which I did at dinner tonight.) OH. LIFE IS GOOD!!!

I have to admit though, I am so not used to having a retainer in my mouth. My speech sounds a little funny and I just can’t feel anything on the roof of my mouth except a plastic thingy. And I don’t exactly love that. (Which I’m sort of used to. A while ago – a loooooong while ago, LOL – I had an appliance in where a plastic piece was up in the roof of my mouth. I could not talk. I’m sure I sounded hilarious, but at the time I didn’t want to! Talk funny, that is. I love to be hilarious. XD Later Mom confided in me that she had been trying hard not the laugh – thanks Mom! 😉 Just kidding. I’m sure I would have laughed as well!) I wasn’t a very happy camper on the way home from ortho and then some. But as my patient Mom reminded me, it all takes some getting used to. I’ve had rubber bands and braces and appliances and headgear and impressions (oh my gosh impressions are the worst!) and everything else – and I got used to it all and I was fine. Except I will never ever in my lifetime get used to the feeling of foamy stuff in my mouth, a.k.a. impressions. Still, I was pretty bummed this afternoon. I came in and talked to Mom and said “I just don’t feel happy. I don’t want to wear this retainer.”

And you know what she said? She told me three words. “Prayer and praise.” Well, she said a lot more than that, but those were the first three words out of her mouth. Prayer and praise. She told me to stop dwelling on my retainer and everything else – and to focus on something good. Turn on the praise music and start saying a prayer; focus on Jesus and not the retainer.

And you know what? I went out and I laughed with my brother while playing a game of DORK. (What is DORK you wonder? Explanation below!) I listened to the praise music I could hear from the house (because when music is on at our house, it is on.) I thanked God that everything went as well as it did.

And I felt better. I was happy.

I’m still not used to wearing the retainer 24/7, but my word I’ve only had it for a day! But while I wait for that to happen I can focus on the good things in life instead. I’m braces free! I can eat whatever I want to without worrying about a broken bracket! I got a happy face balloon from the Orthodontist today, along with a CONGRATS balloon! I got a pop, a popcorn, a candy bar! (Oh and let us not forget the Corn Nuts!)

And I have a family who loves me and is patient with me and gives me Godly advice when I’m focusing too much on the bad things instead of the good.

So, for the rest of the day I smiled, I laughed, I listened to music, I played with my balloons outside and worried that they were going to fly away and be lost forever (which they weren’t; they are comfortably sitting here beside me as I type this); I lost in the DORK game I played, and I ate Corn Nuts.

It doesn’t take much to find the good in life. Maybe it’s the sunshine. The blue skies or the grass. Friends, family, church. Your dog. A good book. Maybe a smile. Or, maybe it’s all of it. There’s already bad things in the world, but what makes it worse is dwelling or worrying about them. Doing that can cause you to miss the good. I know it did for me this afternoon.

Prayer and praise. Focus on Jesus and not the bad things. Anytime I feel myself starting to get down, that’s what I’m going to do. (Try and remember to do!) Life’s too short to waste it by worrying about the bad things. (It’s also too short to waste time trying to match socks!) Let’s start focusing on the good and all that Jesus has done for us. 🙂

Which, I forgot to post my Music Monday yesterday! :O I’ll post what I had for yesterday next week, because I just thought of a good song by The Afters. It’s titled Every Good Thing and one of my favorites! I hope you enjoy it too. I especially love the chorus. 😀


WOW. That was a little more serious post there. But hey, sometimes that’s a good thing! I’ve had a great day so far, actually. Even better since I’ve started praying and listening to music. But I didn’t add that line up there and separate this paragraph from the rest just to tell you that. I did it so that I would have a separate space to explain to you what the game DORK is that I mentioned above!

Well, ever hear of the game HORSE? That basketball game where people shoot a basket, and if they make a basket then everyone else needs to replicate the shot, and if they don’t make it, they get a letter? First one to get all five letters is out? (Other variations include PIG.) Well, DORK is exactly like that. Except you spell DORK. And if you get all four letters first, you have to announce to your family (or whoever is present) “That I am a dork.” Ha! It gets quite competitive because who wants to admit that? Haha!


So, hello there! thank you for reading this post! was wondering though, what things in life make *you* happy? have you ever played horse or, our variation called dork, before? and, I’ve been wondering this for a while, does me writing this in all caps make it seem like I’m yelling?

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I Wrote a Guest Post!

I WROTE A GUEST POST!

I’m very excited.

As if you couldn’t tell.

The other day I was asked by the very lovely Koko Down Under to guest post on her blog, His Little Elephant. 🙂 The post went live last night, so I am going to redirect you all here, where you can read it. The post itself is about a couple Christmas traditions of my family: Seafoam candy and the game called Dirty Bingo. If you like my blog (which you must if you follow it) you’ll like Koko’s, I am sure. 😀

So, my followers, I want to thank you ahead of time!

Merry Christmas! (again.)

**UPDATE**

Because His Little Elephant is currently undergoing changes to the blog and such, I’m going to post what I wrote for the guest post below, for all of you who would like to hear about seafoam and dirty bingo. 🙂

HELLO ALL! Emma! That’s my name. I love to write and looooooooove to read. I also love to watch movies and listen to music, among other things. I blog at A Bookworm’s Majestic Adventures about anything that interests me – and that could be anything from books to hand lotion. You never know. 😀  This is my first guest post, and I am very excited to be here with you all!

At any rate, I have been asked by this very lovely friend here to share a couple Christmas traditions, and they are called seafoam candy and Dirty Bingo. So, if you’re interested in learning about chocolate covered crunchy stuff and a game where you can win a bunch of prizes, read on!

Alright, first up is the candy. The recipe is really very simple, but it takes time and patience to get it just right. And the results? Delicious.

Ingredients:

1 cup white sugar

1 cup light corn syrup

1 teaspoon vinegar

4 teaspoons baking soda

Chocolate bark candy coating

Andddddd, here is how you transform those ingredients into candy:

In a heavy pan, add sugar, corn syrup and vinegar. Slowly cook to 290 degrees Fahrenheit (we use a candy thermometer for this), stirring constantly.

Once it reaches 290°, take the pan off the burner and add baking soda. It will foam up, so work quickly mixing it in.

After this, quickly pour into a 9”x13” well greased pan.

Wait for the candy to cool, then cut with a knife. The cuts don’t need to be uniform, it’s just so you can dip it in the chocolate and create a nice little piece of candy.

Now melt the chocolate coating according to the package directions. Dip the sea foam pieces into the chocolate, and place on wax paper to dry and harden.

The recipe says it serves eight. 🙂

And that is it! Easy, right? 🙂 This is a Christmas candy must in our family. 😀 Unfortunately I have no picture of seafoam, but if you put ‘Seafoam Candy’  in the Search bar on Google, you see a bunch of delicious pictures.

Dirty Bingo is the second subject for today, and it’s really quite simple. Game play is as regular bingo: everyone is given cards and some way to mark the cards when they have a number that was called out. We use paper bingo cards and markers. When someone gets a five in a row, across, up, down or diagonally, they call out BINGO! The thing that sets Dirty Bingo apart from regular Bingo is this:

Have everyone bring a small gift/prize. To keep it affordable we keep it $5 or less. This could be candy, pop, blankets, flashlights – there are a lot of cool $5 items out there! Place all the gifts in one central place. This is the Bingo prize table. When someone gets bingo, they go up and pick a prize off the table, then return to their seat and continue playing.

And this, this is where it gets interesting: Once all the gifts are gone off the table, people are now allowed to steal other people’s bingo gifts that they have won. But! They may only steal after all the presents are gone off the table. Not before.

So now. Imagine this. All gifts are off the table and in the possession of bingo players. Someone (or someones gets a bingo. That someone will look around the room for a gift that he wants, and then they will take it for their own. If they get a two- or three-way bingo, they can take two or three gifts. The only rule with stealing is this: You can’t steal something on the same turn someone else takes it.

What does that mean? It means that you and another buddy of yours both have a bingo. You both spot that awesomely huge bag of peanut M&M’s sitting at the feet of another player. You both make a mad dash to the bag to snatch it first, but your buddy grabs it just as you get there.  (If this happened to me, that person would no longer be my buddy. M&M’s. Mine.) Now, since the M&M’s were just taken, you can’t take it. You would have to wait until the next time you got a bingo in order to take that bag of candy – that is, assuming it isn’t stolen during that turn as well. Are you with me? It gets pretty intense when everyone’s going for that big bag of M&M’s, believe me. Peanut M&M’s are a thing to be cherished. Of course, maybe you’re not am M&M’s person, but rather a Twizzler’s person. Either way, you get the idea. 😀

The game keeps going on until someone gets a full card – when all their numbers have been called and filled. When that happens, the person who got the full card gets to pick out one last gift (or two or three if he had a two or three way bingo), and then the game ends, and people take home what prizes they could keep from being taken. (You can’t actually keep somebody from taking anything, though. Just to be clear. ;))

And that, my friends, is seafoam candy and Dirty Bingo in a nutshell. Are there any questions about either I can answer? (If it’s ‘What does seafoam taste like?’ I can’t help you. Seafoam has a very delicious taste, and neither I nor my family members quite know how to describe it. I encourage you to make it yourself and tell me what you think it tastes like in the comments!)

Thank you so much, Koko, for letting me be a guest writer on your blog! I had a ton of fun and hope to be able to do it again in the future. Thank you, readers, for reading this post, as well! I hope you got some new ideas for a family get-together or party, or enjoyed reading about mine. 🙂

Merry Christmas! I hope you have a wonderful celebration of the birth of our Lord!