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February 9, 2013

on February 9, 2013
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Drifts

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.

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Not quite Beggars Canyon

The girls enjoyed the pathway to and from the house…

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Clearing off the Chairs

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.

Stu's Car

We did find Stu’s car

We found my car!

We found my car too!

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.

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I made you a cake

After nap/quiet time, Teagan helped me make cupcakes.  We had lunch, bundled up and went out again!

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Snowflakes on eyelashes

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.

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Pretty smile

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…

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12 responses to “February 9, 2013

  1. Kris A says:

    All the weather people are suggesting getting snow off of roofs because the weight of it and the coming rain may cause issues.

    • lisasff says:

      I know, and we should… I don’t think we can. We still can’t get out of the driveway. Though the lower roof is possible…. Stu said he was going to take the shovel out the window and push some off to get the shingles showing and let the sun do it’s work!

  2. Kris A says:

    Rich did the same thing a few years back! He went through Katie’s window and was able to get the garage roof a bit on step ladder.

    • lisasff says:

      Yeah, Stu went out the bedroom window and shoveled an opening… we’ll be using our ladder to get some of the garage roof cleared too… So hard to get all of it, with all the snow we have now!

  3. Tom says:

    Wow! That’s some snow. Wish we would get some of that down here in Texas. Of course we don’t have the equipment to clear our sidewalks and driveways much less the roads so we’d be stuck in our homes until it melted. I could live with that.

    Is it bad if I tell you it was in the mid 70’s on Friday?

  4. Kat says:

    Glad you guys are fairing well with this big snow. Hopefully, with the plows at work and some sunshine you will be able to actually USE your cars come work time. :-) Stay safe.

    • lisasff says:

      We did pretty well, actually. We got the driveway and one car cleared, as well as some good headway on the back deck. We’ll pull the ladder out today to hit the garage roof, and then cross our fingers that the hose roof will be fine :D

      I think we may be getting a snow rake this year, when they have them back in stock!

      • lisasff says:

        Girls got to day care today, and we NEED milk, but the grocery store was inaccessible this morning, the one entrance that was plowed had a jack-knifed tractor trailer stuck in it.

        • Kat says:

          OUCH….hope you’ll be able to get back to the grocery soon. If it’s like here during hurricanes, people GO CRAZY and don’t think about anyone or anythings except themselves. :-( I did see the driveway was clear. And Stu, you be careful on ladders with shoveling snow from the roof areas!!!

          • lisasff says:

            We will! And hopefully by the time we have to pick the girls up at least one of the two grocery stores in town will be accessible. We’ll have a minor uprising if we don’t have milk for dinner :D

            It’s been raining so much that we haven’t been brave enough to go out.

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