Durn­ford fam­ily turns win­ter fun into tall project

The Compass - - NEWS - BY MELISSA JENK­INS Melissa.jenk­ins@tc.tc

Win­ter in Con­cep­tion Bay North fi­nally ar­rived.

Sun­day, Dec. 28, brought with it sev­eral cen­time­tres of snow, but also a fun and ex­cit­ing fam­ily ac­tiv­ity for the Durn­fords of Har­bour Grace.

The fam­ily de­cided to head to St. Fran­cis field that evening for some slid­ing.

It was a first for five-year-old Kadence, who has lived in Al­berta her whole life. Her par­ents, Mike and Court­ney, are from New­found­land and spent two years try­ing to move back. They fi­nally had the op­por­tu­nity in early De­cem­ber.

The three­some joined Mike’s cousin Steve, his wife Amy, and their two daugh­ters, Lau­ryn and Jenna, to ex­pe­ri­ence the ad­ven­ture.

Liv­ing in Ed­mon­ton, Mike ad­mit­ted it was hard to do any­thing out­doors and it was much harder to go slid­ing since there were no hills. And with tem­per­a­tures rang­ing around mi­nus 40 de­grees Cel­sius, it’s not al­ways ideal for out­door ac­tiv­i­ties.

Slid­ing a bust

When the Durn­fords ar­rived at the field, there wasn’t enough snow on the ground to slide, but there was enough to still have fun.

“It turned into a snow­ball fight,” Amy ex­plained.

“Then it turned into, ‘who can make the big­gest snow­ball,’” Mike added.

The snow­balls were get­ting big­ger and big­ger, but they soon got too big to push.

“We started team­ing up to keep push­ing them,” Amy said. “They just got too big.”

Soon, there were half a dozen large snow­balls ly­ing around the field. It was then the fam­ily de­cided to make them into a snow­man.

Snow­men time

Mike es­ti­mates the base was sev­eral hun­dred pounds, and each ad­di­tional snow­ball took mul­ti­ple peo­ple to stack.

When the first snow­man was com­pleted, it was clost to 10 feet tall, the group said.

That’s when the wives de­cided to get some car­rots for the nose, and scarves and hats to dress him up. When they re­turned, they were shocked. “We got back, and they had the other snow­man up,” said Amy. “It was about 16 feet high.”

When asked their se­cret on get­ting the top snow­balls onto the tallest snow­man, they all laughed.

“We have to have some se­crets,” Amy said. “But what I can tell you is we didn’t use a lad­der.”

By the next day, both had melted quite a bit, but still stood un­til mid-af­ter­noon. The largest tum­bled first.

“Guys, look,” Jenna screamed as he hit the ground.

Fam­ily just be­gin­ning

Steve, Amy, Lau­ryn and Jenna are out­door peo­ple. They spend a sig­nif­i­cant amount of time in the sum­mer camp­ing, and also en­joy win­ter ac­tiv­i­ties. Last year, the group went ice fish­ing, some­thing they plan on do­ing again.

Mike, Court­ney and Kadence will likely join them this year.

But what’s on the hori­zon for the Durn­fords?

Def­i­nitely slid­ing, Steve said. They also want to make more snow­men, go skat­ing and get out­side as much as pos­si­ble.

“This is the first ad­ven­ture of many,” said Amy.

The Durn­ford fam­ily of Har­bour Grace got out dur­ing a snow­fall last week to build two tall snow­men. Mem­bers of the Durn­ford fam­ily in­clude, from left, Lau­ryn, Amy, Jenna, Steve, Court­ney, Kadence and Mike. They are stand­ing in front of their two new snow­men friends on St. Fran­cis Field Dec. 29.

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