Saturday, February 13, 2010

Snow Day #2, with FRIENDS!

JSS and COS each had a friend scheduled to come over to play on Friday, so the snow just added an unexpected and VERY FUN element to their entertainment. I'll just say, kids can be ruthless with the snow balls...and still laugh!

I hope you enjoy these as much as THEY did! (NOTE: Not a single shot was staged. You never heard so much laughter in one day! What a blessed time they all had!)

Above & Below:
Turn about is fair play, eh?

Above & Below:
JSS's friend snuck up on him while he
was checking the ruler he'd left outside the
day before to see how many inches of snow
we got...8 inches in a 24 hour period!!
Payback's a LOT of fun! :)
Girls sharing the ottoman during a grilled
cheese lunch and The Cosby Show.
The boys ate on the floor near the fireplace.
COS and her friend kept picking up chunks
of fluffy snow that you'd think would
weigh enough to topple them!
And then pelt each other with them!
I was mortified when COS pegged her friend
in the face with this one...
until she turned around laughing, saying
her Dad has hit her in the face with snow, too!
One tough, easy-going kid!
The girls got the biggest kick out of
playing fetch with Elanor!
She LOVED chasing snowballs for
hours with them.

COS decided to make a snow angel.

When all the wet, cold fun was over,
the girls decided it would be fun
to tattoo themselves with
COS's stash from her Christmas stocking.
The boys played video games & with nerf dart guns
for a short while, but in the end went
old school with marbles in
front of a warm fire (smart, eh?)...
...and fort-building. These below were
complete with "booby traps," I was told.
JSS's friend went home first at 3.30. The girls
decided to have a tea party and invited
JSS and me to attend, complete with candles
and the chocolate brownie hearts JSS's friend's
mom and sister brought to us for Valentine's Day.

Friday, February 12, 2010

Snow Day! Part 2

The above photo was taken with no flash,
after 10 PM on Thursday night.

The below was taken Friday morning around
7:10 AM. I think it looks like a fake snow
"set" from Little House on the Prairie!

Thursday, February 11, 2010

Snow Day! Part 1

We woke to at least 4 inches or so of snow on the ground and it has
been steadily snowing since! All of the kids have ventured out
in the elements to enjoy themselves, but JSS spent over 3 hours
out there this morning and is still going in/out enjoying
this very rare occurrence in Texas this afternoon!

Ridding the yard of dangerous snow Orks

2nd time outside, without her coat!
Can you see this snowflake, Mom?
(yes, those are white gloves she is hoping
I will see her caught snowflake resting upon)
Frequent trips indoors to dry gloves,
socks, shoes and ourselves as a necessity,
as was hot chocolate (see header photo)
and hot apple cider for all. What a delicious day!
Beginning the snowman, one goal in mind...
making one bigger than AMS's largest one was
when she was his age. :)
Simple pleasures...
The ONLY one of us working diligently in the snow
for the biggest and best snowman in all
of recent Smithdom.
Putting the finishing touches on
Snow Dad!
Below is Snow Son (himself)...
Posing with his Snow Peeps...
Trying to keep Snow Dad's hip in place!
And lastly, a beautiful Snow Mom.
I'm honored. :)
Snow ball fight anyone?
COS playing fetch with Elanor,
who goes nuts when there is a snowball
fight, thinking ALL the balls are for HER
to catch and enjoy all by herself.
(See the big chunk of snow in front of the
black Suburban's tire?
That's the snowball mid-flight.)
Dad's rule of thumb: