Durnford family turns winter fun into tall project
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.
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.