Wednesday, December 30, 2015

Snow

We have had really amazing snow this week.


We are right in a snow belt and have discovered that we will often get twice as much snow as people as little as 15 minute's drive away.  It is my favorite!


The kids have been playing nonstop and we have had cousins and friends over several times.
They've made lemonade out of lemons and constructed some fun sledding runs on our pile of topsoil that still hasn't been spread over our land.


Today they discovered these giant icicles.  Check out the one Camilla is holding!  It is easily three feet long!
I don't know why I didn't get pictures of the cousins, but they were all holding these giant sabers.


The little guy had to get in on the icicle action, too.  One small section of an icicle kept him busy for quite a while.


No matter the time of day, it seems like there is always at least one member of the family out in the great white world.  It hasn't been terribly cold, so it isn't pure misery to be outside.

Nonetheless, we've found a few ways to keep the chill from becoming overwhelming.
Justin has built a couple of roaring bon fires to keep everyone toasty.


And there's nothing like a bowl of chicken noodle soup and fresh homemade bread to warm up body and soul.


I am so grateful to be in our house this year.  For four years, every time we have one of these remarkable snows, we could hardly enjoy it.  The windows that weren't covered in blankets to keep some heat in the trailer would get so foggy or frosted that we couldn't see outside unless we were outside.
This year, I find myself stopping mid-chore to stand and stare at my wonderland.
Laundry is easier, dishes are easier, all of the mundane parts of life are easier
with this breathtaking vision!

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