Showing posts with label snow. Show all posts
Showing posts with label snow. Show all posts

Tuesday, January 11, 2011

WE GOT SNOW!

Over 5 inches here at our house!

My kids have never seen this much snow down here... nor are they used to having it stay more than a few hours! This has been a huge blessing for them, and I am so grateful!






Thomas, Grace, Joseph, and my husband were there on the hill yesterday, but I didn't get pictures of them. Bad Mommy.


On a completely different note, I'm also thrilled to say that I'm starting to get my creative juices flowing again.  I have let myself stagnate for far too long, so it's about time to start working on "making stuff!" Inspired by these people, and this book, the kids and I started working on nature journaling again. I was pretty happy with how this one turned out.


And after my first visit to a REAL yarn store, I had to start playing with all the great skeins I bought. This picture doesn't begin to do this yarn justice. It is BEAUTIFUL! I'm treating myself to a quick crocheted scarf because... well... I don't have one!


Hope you're having a great week!

Saturday, December 25, 2010

Unbelievable! A white Christmas!

Yes, as shocking as it may be, for the first time in 50 years (so the news reports say), my little corner of the world has experienced SNOW on Christmas. As soon as the first snowflakes started falling, my kids ran outside, desperately scrounging up what they could off the car to make a snowball.

How much snow has fallen so far? Let me look out the window...

I can't get a good picture of it to show you, but I'd say we've got about a half inch or so. It's still coming down in nice, big, fat flakes, but I can't see it accumulating several inches overnight.

This has NOT stopped my children, however, from dreaming of a full day tomorrow of sledding, igloos, and snowball fights. While I share the excitement of a day of snow, I have to admit I dread the thought of dragging every piece of "winter equipment" out and taking them to THE sledding hill that everyone goes to in town. My dh really doesn't enjoy the whole snow experience, so it's up to me to take them sledding every time it snows.

Unlike my childhood, which was filled with months of snow, we South Carolinians get MAYBE one day a year... or two if we're lucky... where we actually see snow. Sometimes, it sticks around long enough (that means a few hours) where we can actually go sledding.

As much as I dread the "inconvenience" of it all, I do hope that my children get a chance to experience the magic of snow during the Christmas season!

Saturday, January 30, 2010

Good news, bad news

First, the bad news....

NO SNOW.

If you heard the sound of weeping and wailing this morning, that was the sound of all upstate South Carolina children as they woke up to find, not snow, but freezing rain. Oh, the disappointment in this house was pretty severe. Several children expressed a great interest in packing up and moving to North Carolina, where "at least they get snow in the wintertime."

Sigh.

But, after many tears were shed and understanding hugs were given, the kids rallied and tried to make the best of it. Kathryn made up a game on the trampolene with the little bit of ice she could scrape up...

...and Grace just wanted to dress for the season.

And, of course, after being outside for a few minutes in the freezing cold, they all asked for hot chocolate (which, truly, is part of the magic of snow anyway.... so I'd like to think they aren't too deprived.)



Now, the good news.

First, the "making-yogurt-in-a-crockpot" recipe really worked! The real test, of course, is in a few hours, when I try to add some sort of flavoring to it so that it will be palatable for my crew. I admire those who can muscle down plain yogurt, but to me that's just vile. (blech)

I do cook with plain yogurt quite often, though, so it will be helpful to have plenty of the homemade variety on hand!

Second, on a day like today, the kitchen just beckons. I'm not sure what to bake first! Will it be bread? Homemade hot pockets? or just a batch of benne wafers? (that is the state cookie of South Carolina, you know!)

I do know what's for lunch, though... Greek Lemon Chicken Soup!!! (I am not free to share the recipe here, since it's copyrighted, but if you click on the Amazon link above, and scroll through the pages they let you see, you can see the recipe for Greek Orzo, Chicken, and Lemon soup. You will be doing yourself a HUGE favor if you try this recipe! Of course, buying the book would be great, too... ) As a huge testimony to this soup, I can say that even my younger kids, who are NOT soup eaters, beg for this soup. In fact, when I told Thomas that I would be cooking it today, he grabbed my legs, gave me a huge hug, and said, "this weekend is going to be the best weekend EVER!"

Such is the power of soup.

Coupled with a warm slice of colonial bread (h/t Margaret in Minnesota), my kids will feel like they can conquer the world!

Tuesday, March 03, 2009

Snow recap

As Julie mentioned (rather well, I might add!) in her latest post, THE SNOW DAY is an (almost) annual tradition that we Southerners take very seriously.


The steps for a successful snow day




You MUST go out at the first sighting of snow, because chances are it will melt by lunchtime.

You munch handfuls of the amazing white stuff..


You grab whatever "gloves" you can find (your dad's socks can come in handy on these occasions as well)









Seriously... whatever you can find is fair game. Even if you use your sister's headband as a scarf.



And make lots of coffee. Don't forget that.



I know, I know. You folks up north are looking at these pictures and would call this merely "a light dusting." We, however, call this THE BIG SNOW. Everything at this point is cancelled -- school, shows, midweek prayer services, etc. If I had gone to the stores, I'm sure the bread and milk sections would have been pretty darn sparse.


Then, you get together with good friends...



...hit the hills...





Wrap it all up by 11:00 am and call it done! Another successful winter-type-thing has been accomplished, and we move on to spring! (you think I'm kidding, but it's supposed to be 70 degrees on Thursday).