Still Alive!

So we survived the big winter storm. We ended up getting more sleet instead of freezing rain, which is good. Sleet is little pellets of ice that accumulates like snow instead of coating everything with ice. We had a couple inches of sleet before it turned back to the freezing rain.

We had a little bit of everything–sleet, freezing rain, snow, high winds. After all is said and done we have about 3-4 inches of solid frozen precipitation on our driveway, sidewalks, and neighborhood streets. You can walk, sled, skate right on top of it… no sinking.

The main city streets are better today, but the city does nothing to neighborhood streets, so they have pretty much been untreated and unplowed.

School is cancelled again tomorrow presumably because the neighborhoods are so bad, and all the school parking lots are ice. We have never, ever had three snow days in a row.

The kids are over the novelty and ready to be done. Spencer actually set out on foot to go meet a friend today because I wouldn’t let him drive… oh, and my car had a dead battery.

The worst part was the winds… you can see all the branches down. It sounded like shattering glass as the winds blew the icy branches around in the night. I kept getting up to make sure a tree wasn’t going to fall on the house.

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Cold (3/52)

Pictures for focus52 this week… The prompt was Cold and how could I not follow it when we’ve had snow most of the week and it was below zero this morning.

I wish that you could see her breath a little closer to her mouth–more of a “trail.” But it really didn’t show up that clearly until it was farther away from her mouth. Also a better background might have helped, but I loved the angle of the sun here, and my yard/house doesn’t offer that many scenic spots anyway.

We really only spent a few minutes taking these pictures because like it said it was COLD, and we were actually on the way to the doctor to have a recheck on Emma’s lingering ear infection (she got a different antibiotic). School was on a two-hour delay this morning, so she ended up making it to school only a little late.

Happy Weekend!

Still Celebrating Here

Yesterday was Emma’s 13th birthday. There are some definite disadvantages to having a birthday nine days after Christmas.

I mean, really. We are so full of get-togethers and presents and treats and family time. We have just barely washed the last dish from New Year’s and vacuumed up the last pine needle.

The Christmas tree is lying naked and vulnerable on the lawn, and now we must rally and think about birthday cake?  But of course the timing is not her fault. So every year we rally.

But I’m starting to see some advantages to having a birthday right after Christmas. For one, it does help ease you out of any post-Christmas blues.

If I’m not careful I can get a little sad after Christmas. Having a birthday right after gives us another happy event to focus on. We can hustle all the Christmas trappings out of sight and not fret over them too much because we have another party to plan.

Also it was a huge advantage yesterday, which was the first day back to school after the break. That is usually a tough, tough morning. But yesterday? No problem getting up.

And you can really get some deals on birthday presents with all the after-Christmas sales. But this only works if the birthday person is a newly teenaged girl who likes to get clothes for gifts. This would never have worked for the boys who do not consider clothes to be proper presents.

47:365 Swinging in the Snow Diptych

We had the whole park to ourselves. Okay, we went primarily to take pictures, and now I owe my daughter a trip to Bath and Body Works (that’s her standard modeling fee). It was fun trying to play on all the equipment with a foot of snow on the ground.

46:365 Bench Monday::Snowy Presidents’ Day Edition

Well my kids finally got a snow day off school… too bad it happened to be a regularly scheduled holiday. They just can’t get a break this year! Sorry for another snowy bench shot… it’s all I got right now!