Friday, January 18, 2013

Winter Wonderland!

Traffic...UGH!
For those of us who live in the South, we know that we have entered our rainy season.  When the temperatures drop and the snow starts to fall up North...the temperatures drop here and the rain falls, and falls, and falls....  It has been a LONG week with a lot of rain, but we are prepared with our raincoats, rain boots and umbrellas.  However, when the weatherman says it is going to snow, we all wonder..."Will it really?"  
Making a snowman!

When we told the kids that there was a chance, they were so excited.  Pres still recalls the time it snowed two years ago when he was two years old and we had a snowball fight in our front yard with Maria and Sara.  So he was hopeful that there would be a rematch.  The morning started off like every other day that week, rainy and cold.  I dropped Bennett off at school, and Pres off at my in-laws (he had a playdate with his Mimi), while I tried to honker down and work.  I was shocked when I saw snow flurries midday.  However, what was more shocking were the huge snowflakes that started falling shortly thereafter.  Our weatherman predicted a little accumulation, but didn't think it would cause problems on the road since the temperatures hadn't been that cold.

I guess he failed to account for the poor driving skills of southerns, and the fact that the snow did actually stick to the roads.  When I elected to get in my car to get Preston at 2pm, and drive the 2 miles to my in-law's house, I couldn't believe that I actually slid some in my big car, and that it took me over 45 minutes to get there!!!  My neighbor, Christie, checked Bennett and her daughter, Caroline, out of school a little early so we could all meet up and enjoy the afternoon, so I was anxious to get back home.

Spencer sneaking a tomato from Bennett
Pres and I went a different way home, and made it back in about 10 minutes (thank goodness)!  He immediately changed clothes, got bundled up and we headed out to make snowmen.  He quickly learned how to make big snowballs by rolling them in the grass!  After using all of the snow in the Crigger's front yard making several snowmen, the kids moved to our neighbor's yard to make snow angels, then onto our small yard for a snowball fight.  After two hours of enjoyment, Bennett was sick of it, and Preston and Caroline were soaking wet and ready to get in warm, dry clothes!  Spencer was happy, as he ate all of the veggies off the snowmen (no carrot noses, or tomato smiles for our snowmen).

Shortly thereafter we heard from our school district that the schools would have two hour delay in the morning, so we started our snow party!  The parents hung out, while the kids played.  Since none of us had planned much for dinner, we all just pitched in and made breakfast for dinner: eggs, bacon and biscuits and gravy!  What a great way to spend the night!

So proud of their little snowman!
This morning we enjoyed getting ready slowly before heading off to school.  And by the time the girls were out of school, all of the snow was melted, and all we were left with were dirty cars and muddy lawns.  Thank goodness the snow doesn't last too long here!

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