While I enjoy the snow, I do wish the kids weren't missing so much school. They have already used up their built-in snow days and already went to school on MLK day to make up one. They will be also attending school on President's Day now and they will likely be implementing the plan where they stay late everyday until the days are paid off like last year.
Here's some pictures of a few things the kids have done in the snow this month:
One of the snow days, the 2 girls and their 2 friends plus sometimes Jarem built this snow fort/igloo. I thought it was quite creative to use the little bucket and pack in snow to make bricks. They spent nearly the entire day out there and still didn't quite finish so they went the next day after school and worked some more. Their whole idea was once it was completed they were going to have hot chocolate and cookies together in their igloo. When it was the 3rd day after they started and it still wasn't complete I was starting to get worried that they weren't going to be able to have their culminating activity before it all melted. Fortunately for them though, the temperatures cooperated and didn't get above freezing those days. The evening of the third day they finally got to have their hot chocolate and cookies.
|Igloo from the entrance|
|They made seats for each person with the letter of their first name and cup holders by each seat for hot chocolate|
|Here they are sitting on their seats drinking hot chocolate...they only sat on their seats long enough to get the picture though. They said their buns were freezing! :)|
|Picture from above...as you can see the back wall was starting to fall in but was still solid|
Tessa and Divya discovered the most delicious dessert ever! They couldn't stop talking about how delicious it was. They would gather up snow, form it in a ball, add caramel topping and/or white chocolate chips, and eat.
They enjoyed it until I told them that snow might not be the best thing to eat...there could be dust and different things in it that it absorbed from the environment on the way down. They were shocked and asked me why I didn't tell them this BEFORE they ate it. Needless to say, they didn't eat anymore. I feel a little bad now that I ruined the fun, but I think they had their fill anyway. :)
And these last pictures came from yesterday:
Yesterday early morning we got about 3-4 inches of snow. It was soft, fluffy snow. The thing that skiers call powder. It was beautiful.
We all went out and played in the snow for a few hours. It wasn't that cold and the snow was awesome! Even Alex came out and played with us. They rolled around in the snow, we went down the hill with the snowboard as our sled, Alex even went once down the hill on the snowboard (he hasn't snowboarded in awhile, and did well), we made snow angels, and then we built a snow fort. They kids were going to have a snowball fight: Jarem and Alex against Jesikah and Tessa. Once they got their forts all built and snowballs ready, I had them come in for a late lunch. After lunch, they didn't want to go back out so the snowball fight never happened, which is probably ok. :) We ended the day with pleasant feelings.
|Jesikah carrying the snowboard up the hill after sledding down|
|Alex so kindly saw she was struggling and went and got it and carried it up. Then he boarded down.|
|The fort was taller than it appears in the picture. Those things take a lot of work, especially with powder cause it doesn't stick together too well.|