Saturday, February 22, 2014

Lessons from the snow

I just wanted to take a few minutes to talk about the "huge" snow we got last week (that I mentioned in my blog a couple of weeks ago).  Well we did get that amazingly huge snowstorm. In fact, we got almost 9 inches of snow at our house. I wasn't looking forward to it (I guess you may have figured that out from my last post). You see, I am really looking forward to spring, it has been a long, cold winter and I am in real need of sunshine. Even though I was not looking forward to it, we decided to make the most of the situation. We made snow creme again and did lots and lots of sledding. We have a pretty good hill in our backyard so we got the lid to our turtle sandbox and had a great time as a family.  I learned three important lessons from last weeks snow:

1. The good Lord knows what we need and he gives it to us. It could be lots of different things or just a snow storm to let us spend some time together.

2. There is always things to do as a family. I think we get so wrapped up in day to day living that we forget to be with our loved ones.  It was so much fun to get out there and play in the snow with the girls. Even my husband got into the fun of it.  I couldn't remember the last time I had so much fun, even if I did get thrown off  our sled more than once.

3. Sometimes we just need to take it slow.  There is nothing like a good snow in North Carolina to slow life to a complete halt.  Around these parts 9 inches of snow doesn't happen every year and when it does, life here stops. Everyone tries to prepare as best they can because you never know if you could lose power and that is not a good thing.  It was so good to spend a couple of slow days with my family. It was exactly what we needed (see lesson #1).

"That's my 'two-cents worth', what's yours?"

(Our pristine snowy landscape) 

(....and the beautiful sunshine that followed the storm.) 

Sunday, February 9, 2014

Snow Days!!

Around these parts we hardly ever get a snow day. Sometimes we can go for a few years and never have a day out of school for bad weather, but this year we missed several days. Can you say crazy mama!?! Don't get me wrong, I love the kids having a chance to miss school for snow, but just not so many at once. Being out so much meant being stuck in the house for several days and having to fight the kids to keep them inside. Typically around here when it snows it warms up the next day and it melts. Well this past time it snowed that was not the case, it was so cold that you really couldn't even let the kids outside in it. We had to wait until almost dinner (lunch) time before we could even get outside. Some of you out there know what I'm talking about when I say these kids were going crazy to get out in it.  Of course we did go out and play for a little while. We even managed to build a snowman even though the snow was very powdery.  My youngest wanted to name her snowman Olaf, for obvious reasons, so that is what we did.  The educator in me did pop out when we were watching how long it would take Olaf to melt, it was an experiment of sorts. It took him exactly 4 days to completely disappear, my daughter was not happy.  Before he melted we took a small ball of snow and placed it in our freezer, that way if we get any more snow we can use that for the next Olaf to have a heart. During the actual falling of the snow on Tuesday we placed a cooking pot outside, caught a lot of snow and then my hubby made snow creme. It is something he has done every year and also that his brother and him did together as children.  My brother-in-law is no longer with us, but it felt as if he was while we were eating our snow creme.  The weather man says that we may get some more snow next week, in fact one computer model says it could be over 9 inches, that is not the weather forecast I want to hear.  I am really looking forward to spring. I love getting outside, planting flowers and getting my hands dirty, but for now I will just have to take the cold and snow and enjoy the memories that I can make with my family.




"That's my 'two-cents worth', what's yours?"