Blog Archives for category Snow

How appropriate that I’m the Boston Terrier.

And now a 2-hour delay!

It was still a little icy so we had a 2-hour delay. I love that they sit together!

 

Hail?!

I expected the rain we got but the hail was a complete surprise.

   
   

Friends near us got golf-ball-sized hail! EEK!

What the bloody hell?! Ugh.

Owen’s baseball game was cancelled due to rain…and then this started. Yeesh.  

 

Jonas: Snow Day 4

It really warmed up today so with the melting, we FINALLY had the perfect snow to build a snowman! The government is still shut down as well, so daddy was home again, too! YAY!

While Owen and I were starting to build the snowman on the deck…

2016-01-26snowman01

…Katie was building her own little mini snowman. :)

2016-01-26snowman02

2016-01-26snowman04

2016-01-26snowman05

2016-01-26snowman06

2016-01-26snowman07

2016-01-26snowman08

2016-01-26snowman09

2016-01-26snowman10

Putting on the headband that came in Gramma Jean’s Snowman Kit.

2016-01-26snowman11

Dressing the big snowman!

2016-01-26snowman12

2016-01-26snowman13

2016-01-26snowman14

2016-01-26snowman15

2016-01-26snowman16

2016-01-26snowman17

2016-01-26snowman18

2016-01-26snowman19

2016-01-26snowman20

2016-01-26snowman21

Owen wanted to build “an ice wall” so I helped him. Meaning I pretty much did it all while he played. :) Of course, it’s hard to see white on white, but it was a pretty impressive wall.

2016-01-26snowman22

2016-01-26snowman23

2016-01-26snowman24

2016-01-26snowman25

Jonas Day 3 / Snow Day 3

After MUCH drama getting dressed—in which Katie almost got banished to her room—we made it outside. We had hoped to be able to build a snowman, but the snow just wasn’t good. AT ALL. And Owen lost his boot again within the first five minutes…so I came in and let them play in the back yard. After about 20 minutes they wanted to go to the front, so they had to trek through the house (since there’s no way to open the gate, and even if we could get it open, the snow is 3′ deep between the houses). They played out front for probably a half hour before Tom went to check on them and then I went out to take a few pictures.

2016-01-25blizzard01

2016-01-25blizzard02

2016-01-25blizzard03

2016-01-25blizzard04

2016-01-25blizzard05

2016-01-25blizzard07

2016-01-25blizzard08

2016-01-25blizzard09

And this would be why we can’t see anything out our bedroom windows!

2016-01-25blizzard10

2016-01-25blizzard11

2016-01-25blizzard12

2 + 2 + 2 = wine

Two snow days down. Two weekend days down. Two more snow days to go. 

Time for wine.

  

Jonas, Day 2

Subtitled: Too. Much. Damn. Snow. And that’s coming from a Michigander.

2016-01-24blizzard01

2016-01-24blizzard02

2016-01-24blizzard03

2016-01-24blizzard04

Plowed and sanded…but only one lane.

2016-01-24blizzard05

So here, the kids are technically playing in the street.

2016-01-24blizzard06

2016-01-24blizzard07

The bus stop is still a little buried.

2016-01-24blizzard08

2016-01-24blizzard10

Looking up the main street.

2016-01-24blizzard09

2016-01-24blizzard12

Snow angel…in the street. :)

2016-01-24blizzard13

2016-01-24blizzard14

2016-01-24blizzard15

2016-01-24blizzard16

2016-01-24blizzard17

2016-01-24blizzard18

2016-01-24blizzard19

2016-01-24blizzard20

2016-01-24blizzard21

2016-01-24blizzard22

2016-01-24blizzard23

Taking a flying leap…

2016-01-24blizzard24

The landing!

2016-01-24blizzard25

Rule breaker!

2016-01-24blizzard26

Playing across the street.

2016-01-24blizzard27

Tom wanted to check out the town…and see how his new car did on the roads. :) (He said it did great!)

2016-01-24blizzard28

2016-01-24blizzard29

The Wall O’ Snow.

2016-01-24blizzard30

2016-01-24blizzard31

Pouting because I wouldn’t give her the water spray bottle she remembered using this summer.

2016-01-24blizzard32

2016-01-24blizzard33

Using a net as a shovel.

2016-01-24blizzard34

2016-01-24blizzard35

Brushing off my tires with a scrub brush.

2016-01-24blizzard36

The Effects of Jonas

So, it’s hard to tell in the pictures because everything is white on white on white, but trust me, there was A LOT of snow out there. The end of the driveway was plowed in with at least 3′ of snow (and, unfortunately, we couldn’t find ANYONE to tune up the snowblower, so Tom has been shoveling for about two hours). It wouldn’t be quite as bad if there was somewhere to actually PUT the snow. The yards are so small there’s no room for any of it…and we’re not supposed to put any of it in the street (which would, really, make the most sense, so the plows could take it away).

I have a few pics of the kids, but it was blowing so much when we first got out there that it was difficult to take anything good. The kids were excited and did have fun (and at least we were outside for longer than it took to get them both dressed) but of course Owen had snow up his gloves and arms within the first five minutes (even though I carefully tucked everything in) and then proceeded to lose a boot within the next five minutes (which necessitated a trip inside to change socks and get a new boot—thankfully he has a backup pair). They loved sledding down the hill and it would have made for awesome pictures…but you can only do so much when you’re fully bundled, it’s snowing, and you have to catch the sled before it gets to the main street.

   
 2016-01-23blizzard01

2016-01-23blizzard02

2016-01-23blizzard03

2016-01-23blizzard04

2016-01-23blizzard05

2016-01-23blizzard06

2016-01-23blizzard07

2016-01-23blizzard08

Snowed in…from brushing off the car itself.

2016-01-23blizzard09

2016-01-23blizzard10

2016-01-23blizzard11

2016-01-23blizzard12

2016-01-23blizzard13

Just a little bit of drift. 

Not as bad as I’d expected but…still…YUCK. 

  
  

They HAD to go out and play in the snow.

We had a 2-hour delay that turned into a full snow day (the first of the year!). We didn’t have much snow, but what little we did have made things super slippery. Of course, the kids had to go out and play in it. :)

 

Snow Day #10. Or maybe #11.

This is insane. I don’t think we ever got this many snow days in Michigan. Yeah yeah, it’s different down here. But still. Yeesh.  

So, by morning (and after more drugs) I wasn’t quite as pissed about the snow and the kids wanted to go out… 

But the novelty has still worn off—I only took about three pics and this was the best one. They were drinking from coconuts. :)

It was actually warm-ish and sunny so stuff was melting. But I still spent 45 or so minutes brushing off the car, shoveling the driveway (including the rest of the plowed-in entrance), clearing a path to the mailbox, and chipping ice off the sidewalk. 

I’m so ready for winter to be over. 

The novelty has worn off.

School was called off last night since a HUGE storm was predicted—I think today is Snow Day #8 or #9. It snowed lightly but steadily all day and the kids didn’t even care—they didn’t ask to go out once. 

I decided I’d better go out and at least attempt shoveling. 

I decided it’s official: winter can %#&$ off. Of course, the time we get the worst snow of the season (6″ of wet, heavy, sticky snow) is the time when Tom is away on business. Me trying to shovel with my bad back and wrist was a joke. I managed to do the sidewalks and where we got plowed in (well, just directly behind my car), but I couldn’t get to the actual driveway or the car. As it is, I had to take drugs so I’d be able to walk tomorrow.

Ironically, we do own a snowblower…it’s just not functioning at the moment. GRRR.  

Snow day Lego project!

This was Owen’s last new Lego project…The Research Institute:

LEGO-21110-Research-Institute

I bought it for the super cool dinosaur, but since it was under 200 pieces it literally took him like 20 minutes to put together. :)

2015-03-02kids015

2015-03-02kids016

2015-03-02kids017

Snow day snowman!

Today marked the SEVENTH snow day this year (and the fourth in two weeks). Tom had a 2-hour delay but actually ended up working from home.  Thankfully the kids weren’t ready to go outside until quite late in the morning. I think the major excitement of snow has worn off—though they still like it and want to go out and play in it, it’s not the very first thing they want to do!

Owen was pretending he was a ninja with his new scarf. He actually made me pull it up higher over his face. :)



The first thing I noticed was it was actually on the warm side—so I had a good feeling about the snow quality. One quick swipe of the snow on the car and yep—perfect snowman snow!! Time to make their very first snowman!!

The kids were excited…but weren’t much help. :) Owen helped pack snow and find sticks and Katie wandered around. 

It’s been probably 25-30 years since I made a snowman. It was hard with such a small yard and because we didn’t have that much snow—and what we had was on top of icy stuff—so it was a lot of scraping from all over. We could’ve tried the backyard but there’s a much higher chance of buried dog poop back there!

The kids LOVED him!







Then it was off to the backyard for more snow after they trampled everything in the front (it doesn’t take long). 



But it was really wet and actually turning slushy so we went inside. 

Owen LOVES his scarf…and looks quite dapper if I do say so myself. :)



It’s been a long week.

Monday: Holiday
Tuesday: Snow Day
Wednesday: Snow Day
Thursday: School! Yay!
Friday: Snow Day

Friday at 5:30—I’m surprised it wasn’t much, much earlier:

(null)

Snow Day #2

First a trip to the grocery store where Owen learned how to pull off and open the plastic fruit/veggie bags and how to push Katie without hitting anything. :)

(null)

Then it was time to play in the snow! I got much better pics of Katie today!

(null)

Sledding wasn’t very good today so Owen did some snow rolling instead.

2015-02-18snowday202

2015-02-18snowday205

2015-02-18snowday207

2015-02-18snowday208

Snow day…with daddy!

Only 184 pics of playing in the snow this morning. Narrowed down to 30. The best one? Before we got outside! Katie wasn’t much for looking at me today!

2015-02-17snowday01

2015-02-17snowday02

Maggie thought she wanted to go outside with us…but of course she can’t stand the cold and snow. Even with a sweater. :)

2015-02-17snowday03

2015-02-17snowday04

2015-02-17snowday05

2015-02-17snowday06

2015-02-17snowday07

2015-02-17snowday08

2015-02-17snowday09

2015-02-17snowday10

2015-02-17snowday11

2015-02-17snowday12

2015-02-17snowday13

2015-02-17snowday14

Getting buried by daddy!

2015-02-17snowday15

2015-02-17snowday16

2015-02-17snowday17

2015-02-17snowday18

The neighbor girl came out while her dad was shoveling. Owen said he liked her after about 13 seconds. :)

2015-02-17snowday19

Owen’s turn to get buried by daddy!

2015-02-17snowday20

Racing to the top of the hill!

2015-02-17snowday21

Ten pictures snapped in 10 seconds and not one with Katie looking at me!

2015-02-17snowday22

2015-02-17snowday23

Sledding in the back yard (from the neighbor’s yard to ours)!

2015-02-17snowday24

2015-02-17snowday25

2015-02-17snowday26

2015-02-17snowday27

2015-02-17snowday28

2015-02-17snowday29

After almost two hours outside? Hot cocoa!

2015-02-17snowday30

Snow day!

Owen had a snow day, so of course we were all out in it by 8:30! (Well, I was out, but not IN it!) :)

2015-01-27kids002

2015-01-27kids003

2015-01-27kids004

2015-01-27kids005

2015-01-27kids006

2015-01-27kids007

2015-01-27kids008

2015-01-27kids009

Owen: Mama, can I brush the snow off this?
Me: Knock yourself out.

2015-01-27kids010

2015-01-27kids011

2015-01-27kids012

2015-01-27kids013

Owen: Mama, can I brush the snow off this?
Me: Knock yourself out.

2015-01-27kids014

2015-01-27kids015

2015-01-27kids016

2015-01-27kids017

2015-01-27kids018

2015-01-27kids019

It’s snowing!

Katie would not be quiet about it snowing outside so of course as soon as I tried to record her saying something, this is what happened: