The snow fell until just about 10:30 and Stu headed out. It was so pretty, and pretty amazing. We had somewhere around 30 inches of snow out there. With all the drifting, it’s hard to see, but we have a certified measure of 37 inches (OMG!) less than a mile away in one direction and 35 inches another. Some drifts are taller than the old baby, most are taller than the young baby.
Stu was able to shovel a quick path to the driveway while I bundled up the girls. They wanted to sled, I was pretty sure we wouldn’t be able to, so pulled out all the sand toys. The toys that Stu laughingly told me I started calling the snow toys. At first they had fun running back and forth in the almost tunnel to the driveway. It sort of looks like Beggars Canyon if you squinted.
The girls were mostly contained as they could not walk in the snow, so I started helping Stu shovel. It was not fun. The snow was so high – almost waist high! – that you had to do several shovels to get down to the ground. Ugh. At least it wasn’t too heavy, unless you overloaded the shovel.
I got to focus on shoveling for about 10 minutes.
The girls enjoyed the pathway to and from the house…
Teagan helped a bit clearing off some of the front porch. Then they both got bored and started wandering into shovel range. They were curious, and tired of entertaining themselves, wanted us to do it.
The snow on my car may not look so high, but remember that our driveway is a steep hill. So, we found both cars. Yay! After about an hour of shoveling, wrangling little ones, everyone was cold so we went back inside, unwrapped the kids, ourselves. Tried to warm up, though I forgot the hot cocoa, because, well, it was nap time!! Everyone rested, even if they didn’t actually sleep.
After nap/quiet time, Teagan helped me make cupcakes. We had lunch, bundled up and went out again!
We got a bit more done in the afternoon dig-out session, but again were restricted by the length of the girls attention spans. And how warm they were. Ashlin broke down first, so I took her in. Teagan stayed out for a bit longer with Stu, being a very good girl, staying out of the shovel’s way and dusting snow off my car. And mugging for pictures.
Stu and I did another evening dig-out session after the girls went to bed. We got as far as the plow wake, the plow that finally got to us around 7pm when we were putting the girls to bed. So, today we were able to find both cars, shovel a path and entry part of the front porch, and one car width to plow wake. So, we may need to park single file instead of side by side for a while, until it melts a bit… Hopefully the storm we’re expecting in a week won’t be too bad…
- February 8, 2013 (lisasff.wordpress.com)