Snow Day!

sparkles!

It snowed here. You may have heard about that, since the Media thinks that a) all winter storms need names now (this one was Hercules) and b) any weather system headed for the heavily-populated Northeast US is a Major News Event.

Whatever.

Sad Snowman

It wasn’t that bad.

Yes, it snowed (about 8 inches here). Yes, we had some dangerous wind chills for a few hours. Yes, the winds howled for a while, and made driving/plowing/shoveling difficult.

But then it stopped. The sun came out. The roads could be cleared. Most folks got to work by noon-ish.

The worst part? That it was still too cold and windy on Friday to take the Small People outside…

first sled ride!

And there was a brand-new red plastic sled sitting on the front porch waiting for them…

Pure. Torture.

Niko sled

Thank goodness that changed soon!

Angel solo ride

Sledding is AWESOME.

Niko with Mommy

Even the grownups had fun…

Angel and Auntie Sarah

I will spare Hubby’s dignity, and not post the pictures of his ride. As I had the camera, there are none of me…but I had my fair share!

Snack Time!

There were also plenty of Snack Breaks.

Snow Dog

Sweet Cleo had as much fun as the kids.

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38 thoughts on “Snow Day!

  1. There have been reports of the storm and freezing temperatures on the news here. I was wondering how you were all doing, so it’s good to hear you’re making the best of the snow – the big smiles say it all!

    • The REALLY bad cold and wind is about 1,000 miles from where we live – that’s not an exaggeration, either. The storm before (where we got the snow) was over-hyped simply because it would impact the Boston/NYC area…
      The kids had a wonderful time. Then it rained all day yesterday, and the snow is gone. It won’t be the last for the winter, I’m sure!

  2. Great to hear you’re having fun as the reports didn’t sound that funny at all. Guess you’re not where they’re having temperatures of -50°C. Keep warm :)

    • Thank Goodness they’re still too little to know about things that require chargers! Poor Niko – I thought he was going to cry yesterday when he got up and the rain had washed all his snow away! A bit of Puddle Stomping helped… ;)

  3. Oh these shots are fantastic.. laughing children in the snow.. my favourite! We did not get that much snow, maybe 5 or 6, hard to tell as it all blew past FAST, and now it is blowing some more.. no sledding for us today! c

    • I was guessing on the 8 inches – ours blew like that, too. 3 foot drifts right next to nearly-bare ground…It’s all gone now, though. 50 and raining all day yesterday, 20 and windy this morning…so strange.
      Stay safe out there on the Prairie, C!

  4. OH YEAAH!!! You really take great people pictures. The giggles are almost audible!
    Tobogganing was still best back in the early 60s, though, when all the hills were bigger and eight inches came halfway up the snowsuit leg.

    • You think so? Thanks! So happy they invented digital photography…plenty of chances to screw-up that don’t cost a fortune to develop!
      Hubby asked where we were going to take them to sled…When I told him, “the front yard” he thought I was crazy. “Not much of a hill…” But it is, when you’re 4 years old! :)

  5. How lovely to get a chance to go sledging! We are waiting in vain for a hint of winter here, seems you’re getting all ours! Yes, the media have been full of your icy weather system here too… well, for some areas I suppose the temperatures are a shock, but it IS winter! Hope you have lots more snowy fun while it’s still around!

    • Our cold is NOTHING compared to what the Upper Midwest is getting…I suspect that’s the one you’re hearing about. It is unusually, brutally cold out there.
      Hoping you get a bit of Winter soon, so as not to confuse the garden!

  6. I’m jealous. We didn’t get enough snow here for sledding and even if we had, there are no hills! Crazy. Fun, fun, fun images, Marie. I’m glad ya’all got a chance to have some fun in the snow. :)

    • That dog…she’s 15 years old, acts like she’s at Death’s Door half the time, then races around like a pup the second the snow falls! She’d never seen the sleds before – too funny, chasing the kids down the hill!

  7. What absolutely beautiful photos of the kids for the family album! Yes, we have had quite lengthy news reports and lots of film in our TV news about this particular supercell. Perhaps you were lucky in a way as some people on farms with animals in freezing barns have had and still seem to be having quite a hard time!! But oh those smiles of yours!!!

    • Not lucky, just FAR away from the really bad weather…Celi is a good 1,500 miles from me! It’s her storm that the world is hearing about, not the smaller one that dumped snow on us here…
      Kids had a great time… :)

      • You are quite correct ~ I have four blogfriends Chicago/Illinois who have all been affected and one selfishly thanks the Greater Powers one is far away! Had not quite worked out that we were dealing with over 2500 km difference in distance nor that the supercell wass not affecting all the NE area almost equally! That aside, Niko’s grin :) :)!!

  8. Perfect pictures, you can’t fake those smiles! We had the same here and then it all melted in one night…. To be followed by the only school cancellation due to cold that I can remember. No playing outside today! Stay warm :)

  9. Looks like such great fun! We’re having such a mild winter and it’s very easy but on the way to school this morning my 6 year old asked sadly, “Aren’t we going to have any snow this winter?” and I must admit, I’d really like some snowy fun like this too.

  10. What a treat to see Marie, And I’m chuffed to bits that you got to go sledding too! And yes it’s a shame there are no photos of that!
    Great shot of sweet cleo at the the end there !
    It’s so mild here and still bloody wet and still bloody windy. you get the drift (pun intended!!)

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