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So this is winter.

We don’t get a whole lot of snow here in middle Tennessee, but when we do, we know how to take full advantage of it.  The kids woke up last Friday to a dusting of snow and got to show MacGyver how much fun it can be.  Then the next day, we got another dusting, and got to sled down our hill with our niece, Sabrina.  We’ve had our little taste of winter, so now I’m ready for spring!


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Snow Day #9.

Today’s snow day pictures are brought to you by the iPhone.  It’s actually got a pretty decent little camera inside of it.  Don’t get me wrong, I still prefer my Canon 5DM2 with the 70-200mm f/2.8 lens, but sometimes I just don’t want to lug that heavy thing around.  The kids and I went downtown today.  Torin is doing a biography report on Annie Oakley, and she needed a hat for her presentation.  This first picture cracks me up.  It was taken totally by accident as I was sliding the phone in my pocket.  In this shot, I am lecturing the kids on sticking together, listening to my voice, holding hands when we cross the street, and not making any inappropriate comments (like pointing and yelling “Hey, look at that guy!”) when we walk past any homeless men.  Even though it was taken by accident, I love that the pink chewing gum is off-center but still in focus… I’m all about capturing the details.

Mission accomplished.  I think the hat is more “Terri Clark” than “Annie Oakley,” but it’ll work!

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Snow Day #8.

We got another couple of inches of snow last night, which brings us to snow day #8 for the year.  I’m actually happy about this one, because I probably would’ve kept both kids home today anyway.  They both smell like walking jars of Vicks.  One kid was up at 3 a.m. coughing like a loud seal, and the other was up at 5 a.m. in a frantic search for the Afrin.  Due to all of the coughing/sneezing/blowing, I announced that they would not be playing outside in the snow today.  This decision was not very well received by a certain 6-year-old boy.

So I did the next best thing.  I brought the snow inside.

They made snowmen, igloos, and ice castles while pretending to be out in the cold.

The only thing they didn’t try was snow angels on the hardwood floor. (Probably wouldn’t have worked anyway.)

The best part was not having to mess with wet boots and clothes when it was all over!

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Snow Day #7.

Today was our 7th snow day, and you know what that means… another RIVETING blog post!  First off, how do you like my irises? 

All I can say about today is God Bless the Internet.  We surfed the whole thing.  Torin cared for all of her Webkinz online, Parker played Hot Wheels and Legos online, and I searched for exotic beach destinations and ordered new bathing suits for the kids.  The end.

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Snow Day #6.

I told myself back in December that I would blog on each and every snow day this winter so I could document how we spent our unexpected days home from school.  I thought it would be fun.  I expected to write a few posts and include some cool pictures of the kids sledding and throwing snowballs.  I never imagined that we would have SO many snowdays that the kids don’t even ASK to go play in the snow anymore, and I really have NOTHING to blog about because we’re all so flippin’ tired of the snow.  When I told the kids that school was canceled, they COMPLAINED.  Torin just wants to go see her friends.  And Parker is worried that if school keeps getting called off, he’ll “never learn what 1,000 plus 800 equals.”  (I told him if that was really a big concern, I could make him an excel spreadsheet to figure that one out.)

We spent most of the morning in our jammies, and Torin didn’t leave her bed until at least 10 a.m.  I put an electric blanket on her bed last week, and it has changed her world.  She loves cranking it on high and crawling under the covers.  I think she also likes the element of extreme danger that it brings… I overheard her telling Parker, “If I pee in my bed, I will get electrocuted!”    :)

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Snow Day #5: Operation Frosty Rescue.

We woke up this morning to a horrible crime scene.  Our snowman had been decapitated and knocked over.

There were body parts everywhere.

Witnesses?  Or suspects?

Torin found the head and went to work.  He had to have a complete face transplant.

She also dusted for fingerprints.  We found a few clues, but no real admissible evidence.

Thankfully, we were able to save him, and our snowman is now back in the vertical position.  And he’s got some extra protection over his left shoulder this time.  You know, just in case our neighborhood gets a little rough after dark.

Both kids wanted to booby trap our yard like Kevin in Home Alone, so they poured water all around the base of the snowman.  That way, if anyone tries to knock him over again, they will slip and fall on the ice.  Consider yourself warned.

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Snow Day #4.

We’re getting a little bored.

It’s too cold to play outside.  So they’re climbing the walls inside.

The sofa cushions are ready for them to go back to school.

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