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…

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

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

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Dressing the big snowman!

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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.

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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.

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

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Jonas, Day 2

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

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Plowed and sanded…but only one lane.

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

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The bus stop is still a little buried.

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Looking up the main street.

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Snow angel…in the street. :)

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Taking a flying leap…

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The landing!

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Rule breaker!

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Playing across the street.

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

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The Wall O’ Snow.

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

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Using a net as a shovel.

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Brushing off my tires with a scrub brush.

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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.

   
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Snowed in…from brushing off the car itself.

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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.