This time (yes, only two days later) we were fully warned of the potential storm coming with the snow forecast ranging anywhere from 1-12 inches. We stopped at Costco and Target in the afternoon prior to the anticipated storm and the lines were extremely long in both places. The news outlets showed pictures of grocery store shelves bare, completely out of bread and milk, for example. The final result in the morning ended up being only 3-4 inches of snow, but plenty for us to play in. More sledding, more shoveling, and more snow family…. and Koma found a new, exciting activity of stomping in the slushy street.
Monday night, we fell asleep with anticipation of heading to the Arts Center for Unni’s art class. The next morning we awoke to a white wonderland with big flakes continuing to fall down. The weather forecast hadn’t predicted anything until later in the afternoon so some children had already gotten onto their buses when the school district announced cancellation. We stayed inside and watched the trees become covered and the birds flock to the feeders. By mid afternoon the snow slowed down somewhat, so we layered up and played outside. The girls wanted to build a snowman and Halmoni complied. She ended up doing the vast majority of the work, but the end product of a snow family wowed all our neighbors who are still commenting two days later.
After the fun of ice sledding, then came the “fun” of clearing off the driveway the following day. There was a thick patch at the end of the driveway where the huge magnolia blocks the sun from melting anything. Unni wanted to help so badly, she quickly jumped into her snowsuit (plus cool shades). She even found a little trowel to use against the hard ice.
Dr. Seuss is amazing! I always liked his books, but the sheer genius of his ability to use simple words but make fun, funny and creative rhymes and stories has been a recent revelation since our daughter is starting to read. Our favorites…. The Cat in The Hat, Green Eggs and Ham, One Fish Two Fish Red Fish Blue Fish….. Absolute genius!
I remember reading Charlie Brown and his buddies in the newspaper comics nearly daily when I was a kid. I vaguely remember that the strip wasn’t particular funny, as in laugh out loud funny, but for some reason I faithfully sought out the strip, read it, and enjoyed it. When I found a Charlie Brown “ready-to-read” book at the library, I was excited to share it with the girls. Until I read it out loud. Wow! I don’t remember Charlie Brown being so depressing, but that boy is depressed. No wonder there’s a 5 cent psychiatrist in the mix. Now I’m questioning what was considered “normal” in the era when I was growing up. The girls didn’t really question the book too much, although we’ve certainly read enough odd books for this one to not stand out too much.
The girls have been waiting for a LONG time to go to the IMAX theater attached to the kids museum. I didn’t really feel like taking them by myself and so I’ve held off until I had others to help me out. Last week, we finally watched the 3D showing of Butterflies which was a fascinating story of the scientists who discovered the migration pattern of monarch butterflies. Unni loved the whole experience and especially the cool glasses we wore, while Koma found that snacking was far more interesting.
The girls anticipated the forecasted snow storm all day Monday. Then as the snow started falling after supper, they were so excited and couldn’t wait to wake up in the morning to build a snowman and play in the snow. But, as this storm turned into sleet, we awoke to more ice than snow. Super slippery. Yesterday all the schools were closed due to the ice. Fortunately we kept our power and internet. We gingerly stepped out mid-morning and the girls rode the sled up and down the hilly roads around our neighborhood with Halabuji and Halmoni doing the hard part of pulling and pushing. They also realized their dream and made an “iceman.” We are also fortunate to have our workers with us since Sunday and we all have been enjoying a wonderful ice day together. Today calls for more snow and cold temperatures, and schools are closed again. More fun!
The girls looked forward to February 14th for weeks. They were excited about their Frozen cards with lollipops they found to give to their friends. They anticipated the possible gifts they might receive from Mom and Dad, and…. the Italian chocolate love cake. They both asked multiple times all week if they could help make the cake, and eagerly helped to dump in flour and cocoa, turn on the mixer, and whip up the ricotta mixture. The girls also insisted on candles on the cake (hence the vague heart shape), and Unni sang her rendition of a Valentine’s song to the tune of “Happy Birthday.” And we figured out that all kids love chocolate, especially Koma. She’ll even be bribed by it and use the potty! I think we’ll use the heart-shaped Dove chocolates all next week to finally get her fully potty trained.