Last time I checked I lived in Northern Indiana. That means winter is full of snow and ice. This year however seeing snow has been a treat for us... I'll show you what I mean. It's December 30th and this is the view out my window from work:
See any snow? No, also no ice. Rain and 45 degree high today! It is a heat wave! HA! OK seriously, we have only had 2 (or 3, I can't remember) good snowfalls this year. Crazy right? So much for a white Christmas. Really I am OK with it. I think its pretty. ON THE GRASS, I do not like the stuff. I HATE driving in it. I am one of those people that others get mad at because "I've lived here all my life and snow falls and I drive like I've never seen it before." Now I feel for those people, I really do because I have the same feeling when it rains and people start driving like that. It's rain people, but I digress...
Having a child does make snow a little special. When their eyes see that white stuff and they get a twinkle and want to go out and play in it I get giddy and want to play outside with them in it too. I want to go tubing, ice skating, and sledding, make a snowman, throw snowballs, make a snow angel, and well I think you see my point. Now let me state that I won't be able to move the next day after doing all of those things but what fun!
OK so here is how we've spent the last few snowfalls this year. 1st time was a Thursday. Yes I remember what day it was because we were at dance class and people were walking in covered in mounds of snow! I just got there about 15 minutes before that and not a drop or flake of snow did I see. I went to the front of the building and sure enough... SNOW! The first snowfall of the year and we were in class and OH Crap I didn't have a snow brush... Thankfully I had gloves to clear the snow off my car! 2nd time I was at work... I was so excited to wake up and take Chrissy to the window and have her see the snow and hear her say, "Can we make a snowman?" Of course honey... When I get home from work! So all morning I'm watching the snow fall and thinking I have to go out at lunch to get snow pants... I go out at lunch and it seems warm to me... Oh no... So I get back to the office and all afternoon slowly watch all the snow melt away. No snow to make a snowman by the time I got home. Boo... 3rd good snowfall happened this last Tuesday. Finally I was home, it was my day off, and Chrissy and I didn't have anything planned! She ohhed and ahhed over the snow again and then went to play with her Christmas gifts... I ate breakfast and said to her "Why don't we get ready and go out in the snow!" To see her face light up was amazing! She dropped everything and ran to her room so we could get everything on!
Now getting a kid ready for the snow reminds me of the scene in a Christmas Story where the mom is getting Ralphie's brother ready... HAHAHA! It is so funny!!
Back to my story... I get Chrissy and I ready. Outside we go! She is kicking and running around. She falls, She can't get up! HA! She makes a snow angel, I help her up! She makes snowballs (pretty well I might add) and throws them at me! She then asks "Can we make a snowman?" Sure! So I start getting the balls rolled. She helps a sec and decides I can do it. Fine, I got the 1st ball in line, off to make the 2nd ball. Bet you never really thought about how heavy snow was all smashed in a ball. (Well at least I never did.) I get the second ball to the base and think to myself Holy Crap how am I supposed to lift this thing! I looked around I didn't see anyone, I bent down, tried to hoist it up with my butt to the road. Didn't budge. Chrissy's looking at me like WTH its just snow. Pick it up already. I try again... Still nothing. (At this time I'd like to thank my dad for the many snowmen we built over the years and thank you for being superman and hoisting the body up onto the base with ease!) So what is a mother to do when your kid wants a snowman and you can't lift it... I take my foot and bust off half of the ball... I hoist it up take the snow I busted off and patched it back in. Chrissy's eyes gleamed. I can only hope she saw me as I saw my dad back in the day as Superwomen... LOL!!! We get the head on and Chrissy goes searching for the perfect rocks for the eyes, mouth and buttons. I was in charge of getting a carrot for the nose. Thankfully we had carrots from Christmas leftover! I also found a hat. Yes it was a white ball cap. That's all i could find that I didn't care if it got lost. So below are some pictures of our adventure in the snow.
|Yes I know she doesn't have gloves on... We were just about to go in when I realized we didn't take a picture with the snowman! Opps!|
This is kind of scary to think of... On December 31, 2010
Snow on the ground: Trace.
The forecast for December 31, 2011:
Snow on the ground: Trace in spots
You know what happened the next few days in 2010? 39 inches of snow in 2 days! What's in the forecast for Jan. 1 & 2 2012? Heavy lake effect snow. Deja Vu???
Heavy Lake Effect Snow... Come on! Can't we just have normal snow. Like back in the day when I was young. Snow started falling November 1st and stopped March sometime. It was always snowy out. No real craziness like we've had here the last few years! Oh well! Maybe we can get in the tubing, sledding, and ice skating Chrissy still is asking to do!
Until tomorrow! (I think I'll talk about New Year Resolutions...)
Oh ya, My Laptop is fixed! I'll be able to blog from home now too!
So back to where I was...