Sunday, January 14, 2007

back to the blog

Not sure what happened to the last few weeks, but here I am, back again. I've been watching lots of football, grading lots of papers, and trying not to blow over in the wind.

At the suggestion of my Californian-born husband, we packed up the kids in the car and drove into the mountains to see the snow. It was a beautiful, sunny day with lots of puddles and little ice. Despite the warnings about "chain conditions exist," we stayed at a low enough altitude that driving wasn't a problem. At a small car-camping turnoff, we pulled over and broke out the fleece layers for the kids. L is too little to want to hit people with snowballs (probably a good thing), so we were content to kick the snow with our feet, draw silly pictures with a stick (Harold Bloom style), and make a lump of snow we called a snowman. Oh yeah, lots and lots of staged photos. We weren't the only snow-tourists. I saw a woman with the shiniest, most fashionable orange snowboots I've ever seen, another in a full body fur coat, and kids with brand new scarves wrapped around their necks. One of the boys spotted a lone icicle on the fender of a car and managed to get all the other kids to crowd around him in awe while he oh-so-carefully broke it off at the stem.

I wonder if lowlander Southern Californians appreciate snow more than those of us who've seen it out our windows when we woke up. . . . Nah.


Blogger Colleen said...

welcome back! i just thought of that commercial with the little boy driving with his parents and he has a big snowball for show and tell. such a cute commercial

1:00 PM  
Blogger Kari and Randy said...

Glad you're back---although we enjoyed watching L make cookies =) Glad you made it up to the mountains safely and that the kids saw snow. We are missing you here in Minnesota. Hugs and kisses!

4:12 AM  
Blogger Notsocranky Yankee said...

Sounds like great fun! One of the many reasons we moved back to New England was for our kids to have 4 seasons, especially winter.

5:11 AM  
Blogger Stormmaster said...

Remember the "snowballs"? Now you saw them before me. Temperatures here are finally dropping to zero but I doubt that we will have a lot of snow this year. And although it might be nice and funny to have this strange weather, "I have a bad feeling about this".

12:58 PM  
Blogger Daniel Hoffmann-Gill said...

You're allowed to take time off you know, if ever it gets a drag than the point of blogging is lost.


1:30 PM  
Blogger James said...

Welcome back. It actually snowed in Austin today and like that kid I find myself staring, fascinated, at the icicles on my house

5:25 PM  

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