We had such an amazing time on our recent trip to Lake Tahoe. The snow was magical and the kids were truly joyous.

The lengthy preparation for going outside was new to them, but they remained relatively patient as we piled on layer after layer of clothing and hats and mittens.

Once outside, enjoying all of the new snow, we were surprised by this…


To say that I was speechless is an understatement.

I’ve never seen anyone do the polar dip in person. Sure, I’ve seen that kind of crazy on the news, but always from the warmth of my own home.

This was spectacular, honestly. Their joy swept through the winter air. Their camaraderie was palpable.

I *almost* wanted to run in after them. Almost.

As I stood there watching them, I realized that this is one of those small moments that they’ll remember for the rest of their lives.

How lovely is that?

(I do think that the guy in the top photo in the middle had an unfair advantage, with his, um, extra layer of warmth.)



  1. multitaskingmumma

    Ahhh! This is something I've never wanted to do!
    What a fun memory.

  2. Teresa_C

    LOL!! I love it!

  3. Cheryl @ Mommypants mommypants.com

    The back hair. THE BACK HAIR!

    And that is exactly why women should NEVER feel bad about showing a little cellulite.

  4. tracy sellabitmum.com

    Yes, I had the urge to get my waxing kit out when I saw that photo. Sorry I could not read your words as I just kept shaking my head over that one. And Amen to Cheryl's comment.

  5. boys. only boys. crazy, crazy boys.

  6. Nichole inthesesmallmoments.com

    Those guys were so happy. Cold, I'm sure, but so happy.

  7. Nichole inthesesmallmoments.com

    That back hair was seriously fierce.

  8. Nichole inthesesmallmoments.com

    Yes, boys. They couldn't have been more than 23. Ah, youth.

  9. At first I thought maybe you were speaking about the hairy back guy- then I realized no just the crazy dippers themselves. My bad!

  10. CDG

    sweet mother of thatch!

    put a disclaimer on this post.

    (I'll never unsee that)

  11. I love it. Almost. and if by that you mean it looks like they had fun but there is no way in hell you would do it. I second that.

  12. Courtney K. themommymatters.net

    Oh my. That is INTENSE> I would have been happy standing on the sidelines and taking photos. :) Glad you guys had a great time!

  13. Jessica mytimeasmom.com


  14. tulpen

    A group from my work does a Polar Plunge, into the ATLANTIC, in NEW ENGLAND every March. I've never done it. Even though there are paramedics standing by. No way. I don't step a toe into the Ocean until August, and even then it is pretty chilly.

  15. Jessica fourplusanangel.com

    My brother does the Polar Plunge every year to benefit the Special Olympics in honor of my daughter. His pictures always make me tear up. Your pictures? Not so much. Where's the wax? Or at least a dark shirt for that poor guy?

  16. Yuliya shesuggests.com/

    OH.My.GOD. Why Nichole? Why would you share this moment with us? My eyes, they burn.

  17. Rachel mommyneedsavacation.com

    Ha!!! Now I have been to Tahoe A LOT…and I have never seen that! Speechless is right!

  18. Brings too mind the expression …
    he looks like he was knitted, not born … its British lol

  19. Klz

    They have a polar bear plunge here every year for charity. I'm always tempted to join just to have done it once. I can't back out if it's for charity, right?

  20. knowitallnanna

    suddenly I need some hot chocolate, a quilt and some warm socks….bbbrrrrr

  21. Megan-Best of Fates bestoffates.com

    I want to jump in a freezing ocean for a photo!

    (There's oh-so-little I wouldn't do for a photo.

  22. BalancingMama 3momsin1.com

    That is crazy! So is that back hair – wow.

  23. Okay – I'll admit the back hair is spectacular. But the green bathing suit has its own special charm when the gentleman on the left is exiting the waters.

    So joyful. And a little shrunken.

  24. Sean averagesupermom.com

    I'm so surprised my husband didn't do this when we were in Tahoe in January. He's not that hairy, though. At least not since the lasers…

  25. Katie sluiternation.com

    OMG! I was thinking of the dude in the sweater the whole time wondering if it was appropriate to comment about him…but then you went there! That is why I love you!

    and yes, these crazy moments are most definitely a small moment to cherish!

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