Tuesday, January 17, 2012

Snow

The storm of the century is upon us in these parts.  It started snowing on Saturday and hasn't stopped, extending the long Martin Luther King, Jr. weekend indefinitely.  It's piling up around here - about a foot and a half in some places!  That's the most snow we've ever had and the "big storm" hasn't even arrived yet!  


Of course these two cuties don't seem to mind too much.  Their sled has been getting a good workout and I've been busy making sure there is no shortage of hot cider, hot chocolate, homemade chicken noodle soup and apple crisp.






Jason spent most of the day on Sunday shoveling the driveway - a task I view as both time consuming and futile, but which he seems to enjoy.





After it snowed most of the day the girls started having to wade through the fluff to play outside.



Isabelle has mastered her snowman-making technique...



...and Madeleine has become a skilled supervisor.



By nightfall our poor Japanese Maple was almost buried, Isabelle was knee deep...

...and Maddy couldn't walk far without falling.

In the end it was just more relaxing to sink in and look up at the "marshmallow trees".


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The storm has not been without its mini disasters.  We were without power for over 2 hours today.  While I'd like to say I channelled my inner Laura Ingalls by stoking up the bonfire and toasting potatoes to be used as hand and foot warmers, it was really more a feeling of impending doom that settled over me as the minutes ticked by.  No heat, no working appliances, a quickly fading cell phone battery - it all added up to a feeling of being cut off from the outside world in our eerily quiet neighborhood.  With no status updates coming in from friends it was easy to imagine the world had been taken over by brain-eating zombies and we were the last outpost at the ends of the earth.  Okay, I know I'm being overly dramatic - but have you SEEN The Walking Dead?!

Thankfully the power came back on and I was able to check in on my newest obsession - The Pioneer Woman.  I know I'm probably the last to discover her amazing blog but she's totally my new best friend.  Plus, she has a Saturday morning cooking show on Food Network?!  I'm in love.  If you haven't checked her out, go ahead and click on the link - I dare you not to join me in fanatic land. 

Well, no school again tomorrow - I guess we'll be home enjoying our winter wonderland!

1 comment:

Springs Landing said...

Yeah - snow days. I hope you are enjoying the unexpected vacation and fun. It also looks like Maddy is back to her normal self. Have you seen the movie Snow Day? Good movie for the family to rent for a long evening.

We have another heat front coming in and all week will be in the 50/70s. I am really not bragging since I rather enjoy the brief cold weather that seldom, seldom hits in our short winter. I wish I could be there. Looks like beautiful and your goodies would make it extra special.

I'll check out your newest blog discovery. I have enjoyed all the other ones you have found.

Take Care,

Sandy