FORT WAYNE, Ind. (WFFT) -- “There’s nothing like the excitement of a 5-year-old waking up in the morning and seeing snow,” Fort Wayne resident Taylor Berghoff said.
She and her daughter Addison woke up early Sunday to gear up and build snowmen.
“How many did we make?” she asked her daughter.
“Three,” Addison said with a grin.
“We made three snowmen. We have a daddy snowman, an Addi snowman, and a baby sissy snowman,” Berghoff said.
If you ask Addi there are only five things you need for the perfect snowman: snow for the body, mulch for the mouth, a carrot for the nose, red grapes for the eyes, and sticks for the arms.
“We pulled the sticks from our trees,” she said.
For the Crismore-Manzaneda family, today was about snowball fights and sledding.
Mother of three Katie Crismore says it was nice to see her kids just be kids.
"It was very nice letting them play outside and just be kids in the snow," Crismore said. "We were the only ones outside, so I really didn't have anything to worry about."
Crismore has been limiting her children’s contact with neighborhood kids since the start of the pandemic.
“Because I work at Parkview, I have kind of been really really careful with who they’re around," she said.
Playing outside in the snow is the perfect social-distance-friendly activity for her children.
She says her kids only go from home to school, to their grandma’s house because of COVID-19.
Berghoff says the pandemic has also been difficult for her family as well.
"She doesn’t quite understand what's going on. She does and she doesn’t, you know in a 5-year-old’s mind. She misses her friends and she misses her teachers."
Being a working mom has been tough for Berghoff.
Her daughter’s preschool shut down last Thursday because of COVID-19 and she’s been struggling to keep the kids entertained.
That’s why a day like today is a breath of fresh air for her.