Monday, January 30, 2017

Monster Snow Storms


Here she is, in all her frozen glory. Our backyard!

I spy, with my little eye, a pretty horse!

"Hey you want to build a snowman?"
Andrew has been busy creating some of the best memories of his children's childhood.
When he is in this mode, I do my best to give him room to create, 
try and ignore the giant mess 
he sometimes usually makes
and see what I can do to make myself useful 
(such as: I document said memories and make the hot chocolate).

In case you missed my last ten posts,
we are in the midst of enjoying an incredibly snowy Winter. 
When these storms coincide with a weekend,
magic happens (while household chores/projects go undone).

First came the sledding hill.
Following that, came the igloo.
Each activity required hours of his time.
The days following their completion, he continues to make adjustments...
We cover up his true motive by saying what an adoring and doting Father he must be.
But really, what I think it is (wink, wink); Andrew never grew up. :)
(which is why Daddy and Forrest get along so well!)

Up first is the sledding hill:

If the snow is fresh and fluffy, the kids aren't required to wear helmets.
On days when it's icier, they are. 
Off topic for a moment,
last week we had a big storm.
Henry came home from school and, without being asked,
volunteered to shovel the driveway. 

Love him.

I have no idea where his work ethic comes from.
Oh wait, yes I do. 
This past Saturday, Andrew decided to gather the dozen moving boxes
that he felt inclined to save (we have had them in our basement for five+ years)... 
to help him create an outdoor igloo.
It makes him happy when his hoarding tendencies evolve into something cool.
It wasn't long until he ditched the coat and was working in short sleeves.
He was drenched by the time he finally came in. 
Since then, he has removed the boxes and all other "supports" because it's frozen solid.
He assures me it is super safe. 

We don't mind January too much, eh?
A quick note about Eliza:
This girl mailed in the money earned from this year's bear sale.
She raised $525.00
Her Aunt, Liz Green, showed her video to her activity day girls in NYC.
They decided to do a fundraiser to help send kids to school too.
Their combined totals was enough to send 19 kids to school!!
As I said on instagram,
Many thanks to those hands that helped us sew,
for those who purchased bears and cheered us on another year.

And last but not least,
I have to highlight one Henry's best friendships.
Scarlett has been his pal since Kindergarten.
This year, they have become even better friends.
They spend most every recess together.
He keeps me up to date on Scarlett's life:
"She was checked out early today to go skiing, Mom!" or
"She got braces. I hope they don't hurt her too much."
They exchanged Christmas gifts this year too.
It is so sweet.
When she accepted our invitation to come sled, Henry was all smiles.
The doorbell rang and as the younger kids announced  that she was at the door,
he couldn't even go to greet her because he was struggling to wipe the goofy grin
(read: the cutest smile I have ever seen!)
off his face!

Despite his younger siblings fighting for her attention,
I think they had a total blast.

Also, Scarlett has a super cool Mom.
She is so great and I feel lucky that I get to visit with her while they play.
It's a win/win situation, if you ask me!

Here are a few videos of some of these crazy, winter productions:

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