Snow Days

2015-02-02 16.44.56 Please don’t tell me some of y’all down south have been barbecuing on the deck of late.  Our climate was blasted with the real thing on February 1st.  It started later in the day and lasted through the night and into the morning rush hour traffic.  Much of life came to a halt the morn of February 2nd.  Though we pleaded with daddy to stay home and off the icy roads, he decided it best to go in to the city and pick up work so he would have enough to do the following day on his work at home day.  He’s a brave trooper when it comes to battling driving in snow–a true Canadian at heart. I can only be described best as a true scaredy cat.

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My boy and I were brave and foolish all at the same time to think we could attack the oncoming blizzard and ward off some of the pile up on the driveway by shoveling at 6pm in the thick of it all.  And we’ve a long driveway.  By morning it was obvious how futile our efforts were. I stood at the window wondering how hubby would back the car out of the garage. 2015-02-02 08.14.45 2015-02-02 16.44.23

Good thing heroes live next door.  Neighbour with his four wheeler with huge shovel attached was up early ploughing us all out along the street.  He arrived just as I had sent my boy out to put out the garbage (just in case the trucks braved the snow). I was almost at the boot pile to suit up for the adventure of shoveling 40+cm of drifting snow off a four car length driveway when the green rescue vehicle rounded the corner.  Scones, lemon curd and jam were definitely going to have to make their way next door by afternoon as our grateful thanks for this overwhelming gesture of kindness. 2015-02-02 20.14.27

Since schools were closed today–even the University–I knew it would make it hard for the kiddos to want to do any of their school work, even though the teacher was very much present.  And since we’re still re-adjusting to the new world of our double-casted Lovey and meeting her needs, we voted on the school of life as the order for the day. 2015-02-01 16.38.56

We made some jewelry (though I’m discovering YouTube has become my best friend for this.) 2015-02-01 16.57.25

Painted.

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Fed the birds, and squirrels. 2015-02-02 09.10.22 2015-02-02 09.12.24 2015-02-02 09.11.37

I did sneak a bit of math in there, and quizzing practice, but no one likes to look at anyone doing math problems so we left the camera down.  You’d mostly have witnessed scowls anyway. 2015-02-02 16.43.58

We sledded down our minuscule hill surprisingly fast, which sent us farther than we expected. 2015-02-02 16.44.16 2015-02-02 16.44.39

I shoveled snow off the steps. 2015-02-02 16.33.35 2015-02-02 16.33.34

Ate snow

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Took selfies

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And just plain enjoyed the afternoon sunshine. 2015-02-02 12.44.39 2015-02-02 16.44.03

A few nights ago I awoke to check on Lovey around 5-ish and spotted 3 deer searching for breakfast in our backyard.  Two days later I woke around 2:30, again to check on Lovey, and didn’t I see one deer all curled up under the bushes that run along the side of our backyard property.  In the morning we found criss cross tracks, one set leading over to the door of our doorless shed.  And we thought those creatures were simple. 2015-02-04 11.25.46 2015-02-04 11.26.49 2015-02-04 11.25.38

And if any of you have ever been over to the Family + Footprints site, Sabrina gave the challenge for us all to share what we’re doing outdoors during this snow week.  She has a great outdoor world schooling, un-schooling site full of great pics of her outdoor adventures with her little one.  Check out her site if you get a chance.  I’ve ooh-ed and ahh-ed over her travel pics around the world, and love the feel of the nature sense they have and connection to the great outdoors. Happy snow days!

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