Snow Daze

The snow began on Monday morning and continues yet tonight (Wednesday).  We have had over two feet of snow.  The yard stick on the deck is measuring nearly 33 inches, but the local weather forecaster said that we have had 28.6 inches.  Either way, it’s a LOT!  The schools are already canceling classes for tomorrow.  This is the third day in a row.  I have been working from home the past two days.  Mike ventured into work yesterday, but opted to take a vacation day today to try to keep up with snowblowing and enjoy a little outdoor fun with the kids. The winds have been blowing the snow and pelting the windows with a slushy mess.  The blizzard-like conditions made picture-taking difficult and had Mike and the kids using their ski goggles while working/playing outdoors.  My camera got wet even huddled next to the shelter of the house.  The photos look a bit blurry from the heavy snow falling along with the water spots on my lens.

24.5
28.5
30.25
32.75
Snow Capped
Through The Front Window
Geared Up For Sledding
Ready, Set, Go
Snowblowing
Shoveling
Down The Hill
No Hands
Napping On The Snow Covered Bench
Fire Wood
Snow Covered Foliage
Snow Covered Pine Branches
Sledding The Backyard Hills

Mike and the kids took a break late in the afternoon and then went back out after dark to sled some more, build a snowman and a snow fort.

Mike, Sophia & Frosty
Snow Fort
Time For Some Roof Raking

We are hoping the plow comes through by morning.  It has only gone by once since the snow began.  That was yesterday morning.  Several neighbors with AWD have gotten stuck on our street and had to dig or snowblow themselves out.  The forecast is for the snow to end by morning and then cold temperatures (-15 degree lows) are coming at the end of the week. It is hard to believe that the calendar says it’s fall.  If this is fall, what is winter going to be like?

Week In Review

Another week has passed. We spent the last two Fridays at Bulldog hockey games.  Last week’s game we enjoyed with Mike’s parents with a nice dinner at Valentini’s prior to the game.  We had gymnastics class for Sophia and basketball practices for Sebastian during the week.  Sebastian had his weekly Saturday morning basketball game.  No ski races last week, but the kids are planning to race tomorrow at Chester Bowl.  The mornings were cloudy and gray most of the week as seen below.

Gray Day
Icy Rocks
Cold As Ice
Coast Guard

 

The gray start to the week was followed by a sunny Friday morning with snow showers in the afternoon and a beautiful sunset.

View From Our Front Window
View From Cathedral Parking Lot
View By The Bridge
Sun Setting At Home

 

I have a couple of photos I haven’t posted yet of the kids getting geared up for the ski races two weeks ago.  They put on everything except their skis before getting into the car – even their helmets.

Ready For The Races
Geared Up

I’m sure they received a few looks while they were on the way to the ski hill by other vehicles on the road.  I guess the extra head protection would come in handy in case of a fender bender.

Sophia had a playdate with a friend today.  They spent some time sliding on the fresh snow, making snow cones (with “white” snow” from the backyard), playing with play dough and mastering Super Mario Brothers on the Wii.

Fun In The Snow
Sliding
Snow Cones

 

We still hope to get out to Spirit Mountain and Mont Du Lac to ski before winter is over.  We keep waiting for a big snow storm to drop some nice powder, but it hasn’t happened yet.  This last small storm was enough to cover the bare grass in our yard.  Unless we get a major snow event, the “bobsled” course in our backyard will not happen this year. 😦