I guess it is something you do when dealing with toddlers in cold climates, but Alice surprised me the other day when, after strapping Anna and Maria into their car seats, she scooped up some clean snow (something that is in abundance 'round these parts) and made a couple of snowballs. She then gave them to Anna and Maria to play with in the car! They seemed to enjoy the "toys". Hardy folk my nieces.
Jackrabbit Johannsen who is said to have been given his sobriquet by the Cree whilst skiing in the woods of the Canadian Shield while working for one of the precursor railroads of Canadian National who in turn run the train line through Sioux Lookout. Hence, there is a connection.
I feel Maria is in something of a grumpy or at least irritable phase. There has been a lot of squalls coming from her, which given her cuteness are somewhat heartrending. On the other hand, she does bestow her smiles quite readily. There is one that rather reminds me of one captured in a photo of me around the time we got the train tracks (think Thomas the Tank Engine, only in cheap plastic). I think I was older (2 or 3) but I was wearing footy pajamas (yellow if memory serves) and I was holding a pot. More importantly, I was grinning ear-to-ear.