Saturday, December 19, 2009

Portraits of a Snowy Saturday

Final Update: 8:00 Sunday a.m.
We got a total of about 10" of the white stuff.
Church has been cancelled. Pancakes are on the griddle.
Coffee is flowing freely. I have to be careful though.
My beloved creamer is running low.
And the only creamer at the store on Friday was vanilla.
Ick. I may need to make an exchange.

The Boss is prepping the older boys on the fine art of shoveling and clearing the walkways. They'll be thrilled to know that they have to do the neighbors' property too, since the neighbors are out of the country till March. He hasn't dropped that bomb yet. The Li'l Empress is sounding worse today. Any one have any good tips on how to teach a two year old how to cough it up? Thank goodness all that "stuff" is pretty loose. It's just hard to hear it all rattling around while she "half coughs." Ick, again. But a different kind of ick. Of course.

UPDATE at 5:45 p.m.:
Here's the same view at 4:45 p.m.
Quite a difference, and bound to be drastically more
different at the next update, if it keeps up like this!

The Boss decided to head out just now for a little bit of shoveling. So far, it's about 5" of accumulation. The snow is really light and powdery. Normally he'd wait for the older boys, but they're away at a party with some friends. At the rate that the snow is falling for the last two hours, who knows when they will get home. I really dislike having any of my little Gang members out of the nest during storms and such. They scoff at my worry, but I remind them that Mommas like their babies home. No matter that those babies are 15 and 14. . .

UPDATE at 2 p.m.:
This is our side yard at 1:45 p.m.
Not much difference from the 8:15 a.m. shot.

The Gang is a little frustrated with the light cover so far. But still hoping for an increased pace and volume of the white stuff. The Boss and I snuck out before noon to use up the K$hl's cash. A nice clerk had mercy on me and gave me an additional 15% off even though I forgot my coupon for power hours. I scored some really warm, hefty winter boots for myself, at a cool 50% off. It's been about 5 years since I've had proper foot gear for the elements. I figured it was about time. So now, even I feel ready to brave the storm. Except, this storm looks like it might turn into a non-event. I'm off to wrap gifts for the nieces and nephews. The little ones are playing out in the dusting with The Boss. Li'l Empress is snuggled in for a nap - poor thing, I think she's getting another cold. UGH. No cold, wet snow for her today. Maybe tomorrow . . .

This is our side yard, at 8:15 a.m.

We're all bracing for what the forecasters say could be a brutal storm predicted to blanket most of the East Coast. The winds are picking up and the sky is completely white. The contrast of the bare, dark trees is lovely. I think I'll update the same view every couple hours, just to be able to capture the progress of the first "blizzard" of the season.

The kids are all hyped up about the snow. Li'l Empress has been running from window to window, yelling, "'No, 'no, 'no!" and pointing to anyone who will exclaim with her. I've got a new stew recipe to make for this evening and a couple cookie recipes I might try. The other little gang members are already eye-ing up the hot cocoa, before they've even suffered cold-chapped cheeks and frozen toes. The Boss is getting ready to venture out to use our $20 K$hl's cash - we just couldn't get there sooner and it goes totally against our grain to "waste" free money. Otherwise, we're hunkering down for the weekend and taking this as God's perfect plan for slowing us all down to enjoy the Christmas-y atmosphere together!

I'll be back later with more pics. Stay warm, stay dry and enjoy a wonderful snowy day home with your family.


Aus said...

I'll stop back to see on my next sanity break! We are having our first snow today too - but I don't think it will be very major. Today finds me in the lab looking for any kind of tie I to my suspect so on Monday I can get a warrant from a least this doesn't happen to me too often (but it sure has been a long 6 weeks or so!)

hugs - aus and co.

ComfyDenim said...

Oh, how pretty!!
I'd be doing the same thing, staying in to watch it all happen. :-)
I'll be watching for an update!

Chris said...

We already had a big blizzard of the season last week!!!! We got one 'snow' day out of was great!!!
That was the day I broke the hot cocoa for our family....Shea just loved it!!
We watched "How the Grinch stole Christmas" and ate lots of popcorn!!


Aus said...

Yeah - it was a fizzle here too - but - we've got a White Christmas (hear the song cue?) forecast for this week....that's one time of year I don't mind the 'white death' that so effects a city with 7 hills!

And with all that said - I'm headed home in about half an hour - yeah some work tomorrow too - but I'll make it!

hugs - aus and co.

Lauren @ Dragonflies Journey said...

I love it! You and your family are just as warm and "Christmas-y" as mine. I love getting all warm and cozy on snow days. And I too am grateful that Michael isn't working this weekend so I don't have to worry about him. If I don't comment later, Merriest of Christmases to you and your Gang. I hope you have a blessed and joyous holiday.

Aus said...

Well at least someone I know got snow - our's was a fizzle....and you'll feel the same way about your 'birds' when they are 20 too!

hugs - aus and co.

Anonymous said...

I see how the snow has completely covered your yard. I can't see my yard, sidewalk, trashcans etc etc etc. Time to dig dig dig. VB

a Tonggu Momma said...

How is it that we live south of you and got dumped with almost two feet of the white stuff???