This year seems especially harsh, but I am choosing not to let the 24/7 weathertainment machine make me crazy about something that I should expect as a resident of the northeast United States.
I've stopped counting how many "inclement weather" days the kids have used. Our school gets 4 built into the schedule, and I think we passed that back in December. Mopsy has had so many preschool days cancelled that her teacher told all the parents that once the spring is here she will extend the school day by a half hour so that they could do some of the fun projects that had to be scrapped.
On Monday we got 9 inches of snow, and last night we got an inch of ice on top of all of that. I managed to use the window between the storms to grab all my groceries, so I had plenty of time to stare out the window and try to remember what green grass looks like.
Most days, I don't mind staying in. Dressing everyone for the outdoors is an epic feat and piloting the land yacht along snow packed roads is less than exhilarating. Rear wheel drive is not my friend in this weather.
|The snowy woods behind our house, looking from the corner of our front porch.|
|The Snow Removal Crew getting instructions from the Crew Chief.|
|Fiver is shovel ready. And that snow is heavy and wet.|
|The second shift of the snow crew, post naps.|
|Helping Daddy, shovelful by tiny shovelful.|
|The Land Yacht with its snow cap.|
|The view from my windshield while waiting to drop Mopsy at school.|
It's hard to tell from this angle, but that pile of snow in front of the van is as high as the hood.
And that street had already been plowed. Twice.
|The parking lot across the street from school. I usually park there, but there was no way|
I'd be able to make it back out with that much snow.
But even the weather can't steal all of our fun. I've always been so happy to have Bun's birthday in the dark recesses of winter, just to break up the monotony.
|The birthday banner!|
|Six. How did that happen?|
|This is the cake I made for Bun. He picked it from the internet, even though he only eats|
plain chocolate cake with plain white icing. Everyone else thought it was delicious.
|Mopsy helped me put the candles in the cake. She was also offering herself as a taste-tester.|
|One of my favorite things is knowing that Bun and my dad share their birthday.|
They have always thought it was such a special gift to be birthday buddies.
|Make a wish!|
I hope they wished for warmer temperatures. Or at least above-freezing temperatures.