Last Monday night (January 31), the freezing rain began to fall, and by the end of the day Tuesday, we had received over 12" of snow at our house. We knew the storm was coming for over a week beforehand, so the Friday before that, Stephen and I decided to take advantage of the 70* weather, and head out to the zoo.
Stephen had been climbing the bench, and I believe this hand gesture was in response to my request that we go and actually see some ANIMALS at the zoo. I believe what he was trying to tell me was that we'd go in "this much" time.
It was good that we enjoyed that weather when we did, because by Tuesday at lunchtime, this is what we saw out the dining room window.
Erik wanted to get a preliminary round of shoveling in because he didn't want it to be even harder to get rid of the next day. He was outside doing this during 50mph wind gusts, and the snow was still falling...
Even the outside toys got covered!
Stephen enjoyed a screening of Fantasia 2000. He particularly enjoyed the segment featuring Beethoven's 5th Symphony!
The sun came out on Wednesday, but with wind chills well below 0, we stayed inside again.
But don't worry - we found things to do to stay busy! Of course, we did a lot more than this... we played with stickers, worked with the peg board, spelled words, played piano, played train, trucks, cars, read books, and used the Tag Reader.
Finally, on Saturday, we went out to play in the snow! Stephen didn't have any snow boots this year, since he outgrew last year's pair, but we made do with a pair of rain boots.
Here, Stephen was attempting to roll a big snowball like his Dad.
It worked better with some help...
So, that's how we spent the first Blizzard of 2011. We are expecting another snow storm beginning tomorrow, with 7-12" of snow forecasted, and wind chills below 0 again, so tomorrow will likely be Stephen's last day of school for the week. Hopefully, though, he'll still get to go for his FIRST SWIM LESSON tomorrow night!!