Throwback Thursday – Snow Day

Hi and Happy Thursday.  Today, January 25, I wanted to post a Throwback Thursday photo of Ian playing in the snow.  He was about 2 years old when this was taken.  He loved the snow and playing in it then and still does today.

We had a few snow days recently and had time to play in the snow, throw snowballs, and take a walk.  It was wonderful and just as precious as the day of this photo. We have been blessed by this wonderful soul who continues to amaze us each year.  We continue to be thankful for our family.

Today I am also thankful for:

  • Snow days with nowhere to have to be
  • Hot chocolate and giggles after playing in the snow
  • Toast with avocado for breakfast
  • Grilled cheese sandwiches and tomato soup
  • Movies at home on the couch
  • Days in pajamas and no makeup
  • Messy hair and extra cuddles
  • Working at home
  • Hot tea, hot coffee, and hot chocolate
  • Reading a favorite new book in three days
  • Library books
  • Family photos and memories
  • Time with friends and family
  • Laughter with loved ones
  • Walks home from school
  • Time to play
  • Time to relax
  • An active imagination
  • The wonder of childhood
  • The blessings of childhood
  • My family who taught me about respect, love, and kindness
  • Songs we love to sing
  • The love of learning and discovery

Hope you have a great day!  Hope you have time with your loved ones and stay healthy!  We know a lot of sickness is going around so we pray for health, rest, and quick recoveries.

Snow, Ice, and Fun

GEDSC DIGITAL CAMERAHi again.  Well, day four of the snow days continues today.  This morning is in the single digits.  So it is very, very cold.  Our gas meter / regulator went out for a few hours on Tuesday night.  Thankfully our amazing utility district came out and replaced it.  So far, so good.

Yesterday we went out to play in the snow for about 1 hour.  It was cold and windy but we still had a lot of fun.  One photo shows icicles on half a tree. These were formed by water dripping off the roof.  Another is of Ian’s snow angel.  Hope you enjoy our snow and ice pictures!!

I wonder when the temps will be above freezing?  I sure hope it’s soon.  Until then, we will stay in and enjoy our hot chocolate, soups, fuzzy socks, warm clothes, and cuddle time.

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February 17 – Snow Day

GEDSC DIGITAL CAMERAToday is our second snow day, or should I say ice day.  We seemed to have received more ice than snow.  Here are a few photos that I took this morning.  It was quick since it is still so cold outside.

How is it where you live?  I know some places around the country are a lot worse than us in terms of snow, ice, etc.  And, there are others that are nice and warm.

We are having a nice day at home so far and are not sure when we will be able to get out.  Right now, it is too cold and dangerous. Thankfully we have what we need so far.  I just hope and pray that will continue.

GEDSC DIGITAL CAMERAToday I thankful for:

  • Underground utilities and the fact our power hasn’t gone out.  At least not yet.
  • Movies that we can watch when our satellite service goes out.
  • Piles of library books to enjoy reading.
  • The local radio station for news and music.
  • Our local television reporters and meteorologists who are keeping us informed on our community.
  • Pancakes, bacon, syrup, milk, and hot tea for breakfast.
  • Not having to leave home on a snow day.
  • The fact that so many businesses and schools are closed today. GEDSC DIGITAL CAMERA
  • Line workers who restore power that is lost.
  • Road crews who salt and brine the roads.
  • Tow truck drivers who respond during accidents.
  • Police officers who respond when needed.
  • Fire fighters who ensure our safety.
  • Paramedics who restore life and keep us safe.
  • Doctors and nurses working at hospitals throughout the night.

I wonder when the ice and snow will begin to melt?  Not sure if it will be today or not.  Could be a long week at home.  Here’s hoping and praying that power stays on and that trees don’t break.

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Hi and Happy Monday!

GEDSC DIGITAL CAMERAHi and Happy Monday!  Today is also President’s Day, which is a Federal holiday.  So banks are closed and no mail will be delivered.  Some school systems are out today, not ours.  Ian went today and was ready for a day of learning.

On Friday, school started two hours late.  This was a day after a snow day.  We took this picture on the snow day.  A selfie of Ian and Mommy.  On Friday, Ian traded Valentine’s cards with his classmates, teachers, and teaching assistant.  It was great that the entire class participated.  Ian wrote the cards by himself and did a great job with them.

That night, we had dinner at my parents that night and had a fun time.  It was great to spend Valentine’s Day with them.  My hubby game me some lovely roses that are multi-colored and some fabulous chocolate.

The rest of the weekend was super lazy!  It was so nice.  We stayed home and in our pjs or sweats all of Saturday and Sunday.  We watched some of our favorite shows, made Valentine’s Day cookies, and enjoyed a relaxing time.  It was great and so rare to come by these days.  On Saturday morning, I asked Ian what he wanted to do.  “I want to stay home and play Mommy,” was his reply.  I told him that was fine.

Sunday morning we were planning to go to church but then learned it was cancelled since even more snow had come in Saturday night. That was unexpected. The weather people had predicted snow flurries, but we got another 2 inches of snow.  Then by the afternoon, it all melted since the temperature was warm and the sun out most of the day.  Then this week it is supposed to be in the 60s.  Crazy weather, that’s for sure.

I spend part of the weekend reading, which I always enjoy.  Our books are due in another week back to the library, so I have got to get reading.  What I need to do is read some as I ride my stationary bike.  Speaking of exercise, I saw some photos of myself at my grandmother’s recent birthday party and did not like the way I look at all.

I majorly need to lose some weight!  I have too large an appetite and get too little exercise.  And, I eat when stressed or worried about things.  I really need to get a handle on this.  I would like to be back to a decent size by the summer and really down by my birthday.  However, I know it will take a while since it took a while to gain it.

Nothing like a bad photo to shove you into reality of what needs to change.  Right?!  I have been on this weight loss journey before and know what to do.  I just have to get up and do it.  So starting tomorrow, I am going to start exercising for 30 minutes for 5 or 6 days a week and then work my up to 45 minutes and an hour.  I am also going to work on less food and more healthy choices.  I bought a lot of fruits and veggies at the store today, so that should help.

Wish me luck!  I will need it to stay with it.  I realize that it has to be part of my lifestyle and not just a diet or for a short time.  I have some family and friends who have had amazing success and I hope to join them and once and for all, take the weight off and keep it off.

Take care and have a great Monday!

Snow Day In February

GEDSC DIGITAL CAMERALet It Snow, Let It Snow, Let It Snow… and it did.  I’m dreaming of a white Valentine’s Day – well almost.  My sister-in-law came up with that and it is perfect for today.  Hi and Happy Thursday.  We have had a super busy day today.  Snow days are fun, you know?

Last night before I went to bed we found out that Ian would be out of school. I then fell asleep on the couch and when I woke up a few hours later, the power was out.  Thankfully it came back on pretty soon.

This morning I went out and took some pictures of the neighborhood of all the snow — we had about 6 inches.  It was lovely.  Then later in the morning we went outside to play. We spent 2 1/2 hours out in it.  Thankfully it wasn’t super cold.  Then again, we were both seriously bundled up.

We had so much fun!  Ian has seen snow now this winter for the second time and enjoyed being out in it both time.  We made a snowman, a snow tower, shoveled some snow, made snow angels, had a snowball fight, played with the neighbors on their igloo, and had a snowball fight.

We then came in and made snow cream which Ian loved.  And, we had lunch and our hot chocolate.  Good times!  Here are a few photos from our day of fun in the snow.GEDSC DIGITAL CAMERA GEDSC DIGITAL CAMERA GEDSC DIGITAL CAMERA GEDSC DIGITAL CAMERA GEDSC DIGITAL CAMERA GEDSC DIGITAL CAMERA

Snow Day – Part 2

GEDSC DIGITAL CAMERARight after I finished my lunch, Ian said he was ready to go outside and play in the snow.  He stayed in his warm and footed pajamas, then put on his two coats, gloves, and boots.  He was determined and a man on a mission.

The snow didn’t pack very well so we couldn’t make a snowman.  But we had plenty to keep us busy.

Ian got out his big wheel motorcycle and made circles in the snow, and made a snow angel.  We also shoveled the driveway and played in the snow a little bit.  And, we kicked a “snow ball,” as Ian called a beach ball.

It was a fun time. Unfortunately, by the time we went outside, a lot of the snow had already melted.  The sun is amazing for that.  I hope you enjoy our adventures in the snow.GEDSC DIGITAL CAMERA GEDSC DIGITAL CAMERA GEDSC DIGITAL CAMERA GEDSC DIGITAL CAMERA

Snow Day Part 1

GEDSC DIGITAL CAMERAHi and Happy Wednesday!  I am writing from the southeast on a very cold and snowy morning.  And, guess what?  School’s Out!

Today is Ian’s first snow day.  So far it’s been too cold to go outside.  I told him that this afternoon, we will go out to play.  He wants to build a snowman and have a snow fight.  I will post those photos later.

This morning we woke up at the same time as a school day.  Ian was then ready to play inside with his toys, eat his breakfast, and is now having lunch — at his usual time.

Parents of young school-aged kids don’t get the benefit of sleeping in on a snow day.  Kids don’t seem to know the difference of a day off or not as far as the time to wake up goes.  I know those of you with little ones can totally relate.

This morning I took a few that I wanted to share.  I hope you like them.  It is lovely outside with the sun coming up! Our driveway and side road are still covered.  Not sure when that will go away or change and if I want to shovel it.  Too cold right now.  Sun, please do your stuff and start the melting process!

For all my friends and family in the south, stay warm and safe.  I just wonder if tomorrow will be another snow day?!  We’ll see.

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