The third time it snowed this winter, we were a little done with snow. Been there, done that. I couldn’t even get Samantha to go outside and play in it for long. We had all missed tons of work (and school) by then, so it was a challenge coming up with creative things to do and more guilty feelings about staying home from work.
But, we got to build a snowman with a cool kit from MamaLinda and Pop! I had fun with it, at least.
Here, Ellie was trying to get the snow off the swing. It was a very wet snow though, as opposed to the times before when it was a very dry snow, so she ended up wiping everything off with her hands.
At 9pm on January 27, 2014, we were predicted to have a dusting of snow for the following day. Schools remained open, everyone went to work, and life carried on like normal. Oh. Boy. Here are the highlights.
Overall, we faired very well. The girls were picked up from school by the hero, Aunt Lauren, and taken home. Brian and I finally arrived a few hours later. By some freak of nature, we both had plenty of gas, water bottles, coats, all the necessities needed in the event we got stuck. I was supposed to go to Nashville later in the week, so I had a decent amount of food in the house for Brian and the girls. I had even gone to the grocery store on Tuesday morning after I dropped Ellie off at school. Had I known that it would have been a significant trip, I would have bought a few things differently.
At any rate, we hunkered down and enjoyed a few days with our houseguests (Brian’s sister and her son, while her husband spent the night at his office) and our unexpected snow. We got at least 1.5″ to 2″ at our house. The strange thing? It was such a dry snow that we couldn’t pack it! All day Tuesday and Wednesday we couldn’t make snowballs or snowmen. It took until Thursday afternoon to be wet enough to pack it. That kind of snow certainly doesn’t happen here normally. As of Friday night, 4 days later, it is mostly all gone at our house. There are still patches of ice, and stranded and wrecked cars still litter the roads. Crazy.
We actually got some snow today! We played outside in the afternoon, but Sam was more interested in drinking hot chocolate. Eventually, the snow turned to rain, so it was a pretty wet afternoon.
After a few days with Brian’s family, we ventured across the state again to my family. Luckily, there was still some snow on the ground (from Christmas morning that somehow missed Brian’s parents’ house).
Sam wanted to make “foot holes” in the snow.
We also spent a day at the lake. I haven’t been there since this picture, taken at Thanksgiving 2007. (Brian is holding a 4 week old Sam.) The lake has changed a lot in some ways and not much at all in others.
While most of the world has moved beyond Christmas, I’m still behind in posting and packing up. Early on Christmas Eve morning, Samantha woke up crying. She had gotten sick in her bed.
It was the first day of our holiday, and we started it by being sick. She had a bad cough, and when worked up, got sick. Otherwise, she was fine. We still participated in our normal Christmas
activities, like Christmas Eve brunch at my grandparent’s house. (Sorry – no pictures.) Then soup at my house and Christmas Eve mass. Here are some shots of Christmas morning.
rushed slushed off to Brian’s parents’ house to have lunch!