January 17, 2020

Flashback Friday


We really need to replace our back deck.  It’s been in need of repair for a while, and now we’re just at the point where the whole thing needs replacing.

But when we do, I might ask that we keep the railing the same height, just so I can keep measuring the kids in the same spot whenever there is snow.

That picture was taken in December 2013.  Here was the picture from earlier this week.

They’ve gotten a bit bigger and taller.  And Rerun and Thumper are now wearing the snow pants that Ane and Tad were wearing in the first picture.

So yeah, I’m going to ask for the railing to be the same height, just to keep track of how much the kids have grown.

January 16, 2020

Snow Creations


The kids went back to school today!!!

*Mom does happy dance*

But while they were home, they did make the most of the snow.  The snow gear enabled them to be out there every single day, enjoying it (and Rerun insisted on wearing his boots to school, which was fine by me), and Ane and Rerun made snow… creatures.

Rerun made an Angry Bird snowman.  That’s supposed to be Red Bird on top.

This kept him busy for a LONG time, which was great.

Ane, however, went in another direction, with a nod to the most recent viral sensation.

It’s a Baby Yoda snowman!  She found large rocks for the eyes.  I thought it was hilarious.

The snow has now started melting away, and with temperatures warming up, we should be in the clear.  Until next time, snow….

January 15, 2020

Happy Birthday, Auntie!


We have had three days of no school now.  And it’s been snowing again today.  But the temperatures are warming up (even though we’re already on a two-hour delay for school), so we made it out to the main roads, and went to dinner for Auntie’s birthday!!!

The kids SO needed to get out of the house.  And I did, too.  Fortunately, the Webmaster had been able to get to work every day so far, so at least we weren’t having to deal with a “work from home” situation.

I offered to take a picture of Auntie and the kids on the “birthday bench” outside Red Robin, but it was a little snowy.  So they just stood in front of it instead.

Happy birthday, Auntie!!!  We love you so very much!

January 14, 2020

Snow Fun In Proper Gear


After last year’s snowmaggedon experience, the Webmaster and I made the effort to actually make sure that we had snow gear that fit each kid this time.  And then we stored it all in one place, in the shed, because we are SMART.

So when I brought out the giant duffel bag of snow clothes, it had all the snow pants and snow gloves in ONE PLACE.  Yes, I was quite pleased with our foresight.

More importantly, so were the kids.

Now, there are still a few things we need to do for next year.  Rerun, Thumper, and Ane are all wearing rain boots, not snow boots.  Fortunately, it works well enough, but I could look for snow boots to go on clearance in the spring.  Tad is wearing a extremely versatile boot, that has a nice thick liner and is perfectly insulated for snow, though it is flexible enough for rain as well.  Ane wore them briefly and they fit her, so I may just get Tad new boots in the next size up and let Ane keep those.

Also, Thumper had insulated mittens, not gloves.  He was confused about how his hand was supposed to fit in them, and kept taking them off.  So, I probably need to get some child-sized snow gloves instead.

But everyone donned their warmest coat (with a sweatshirt underneath for an extra layer), and had snow pants THAT FIT THEM over sweatpants.  And as a result, much fun was had for a long time outside, and no one came inside soaking wet.

Plus, Ane got quite the workout.