Wednesday, January 17, 2007

Snow Days

We have had all the fun of throwing snowballs, "sledding" on the mini hill on sheets of plastic

...and playing Pictionary in the semi darkness.

We have kept warm by the fireplace when the power went out, and wished for marshmallows, chocolate and graham crackers only to find that the pantry only held graham crackers. In addition, the 9 of us in our multi-generational household, including 5 kids ages 4, 5, 6, 8, 12, have survived being cooped up without electricity for part of one day. Imagine young kids without video games and TV..what do you do? Board games. They are what God invented to keep parents sane!

The dog was also mystified by the cold and white stuff, but sooned learned he could eat "ice cookies" (what we call ice cubes) and better yet, snuffle the snow with his nose, and run like hell around the back yard, slipping and sliding and having a great time.

The kids were awestruck by the giant icicles that formed, loved sliding around on the ice, and decided that any piece of grass or tree that was encased in ice was to be called a fossil, even if it really wasn't. Why? Because it was like flies in amber, and totally cool.

Chipping one inch of ice off the cars took a long time, but a good time was had by all.

The saddest thing was listening to branches of trees break all day today. It was so quiet, with no traffic on IH10 and no planes going over that you could hear the sounds of the melt water dripping off the roof, the cracking of tree limbs and best of all, the cracking of the ice as you walked on it. That was a sound I had not heard in years!

So, the wild Indians (kids) are now snuggled in their beds with dreams on another day off school tomorrow. They will remember these days for the rest of their lives. I can only hope that we had enough fun....but I think we did. I know I had a great time.

We have now chipped our way out of the ice and will be making our ways to work tomorrow. Sad to leave the family group, bur ready to get out of the house!


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