Saturday, February 5, 2011

The Post About The Snow

Early Friday morning the rarest of events took place - it snowed in San Antonio!  And since the temperature had been below freezing for 3 days, the snow actually stuck to the ground.  So it was only .4 of an inch, but it was enough for us. (By the way, did you know that in January 1985 it snowed 13.5 inches here?  Crazy!)  When Daniel and Mikea looked out of their bedroom windows in the morning, they both thought the snow was paint! 
A layer of ice formed on the ground from a steady mist that fell a couple hours before the snow arrived, making driving quite treacherous.  The freeways were shut down and early Friday morning it was school!!!  On Thursday I had already prepared Snow Day outfits in anticipation of the kids playing outside.  All in all it took 4 coats, 4 hats, 3 sets of mittens, 2 pairs of socks used as mittens (for Adrian - and we had to rubber-band them on), 3 pairs of socks for the big kids, 8 pairs of pants, and 8 shirts (two layers of pants and shirts each.)  You can see why I prepared the day before. 

The neighbor kids were already playing out front so we bundled up after a quick breakfast and joined the fun.
Adrian ponders, "What is this cold, flaky, white substance on my hand?"
I just love what the looks on the boys' faces say in these pictures...absolute joy!
And the look on Adrian's face in this picture says a lot, too.  It says, "Um, what just happened to me?"
The group shot.
We had to make the most of this opportunity because it could be YEARS before it snows here again. Here are snow angels in the making:
I love this shot of Mikea throwing snow at her brother.  The snow was too powdery to stick together to make snowballs, but flingable nontheless.
Here you can see the depth of the snow: 
After playing out front for a while, we headed inside to drink hot chocolate and warm up for a few minutes and then went to the backyard to check out the conditions there.
We did a little shoveling with sand tools.  After a few minutes Daniel declared, "I want to go to the beach!"
While inside we found a monster mask for Adrian to keep his little face warmer.  I think he appreciated that.
And speaking of little faces...
All in all the back yard was a little too muddy for my liking so we went back out front.  Then Joe took a spill on the ice and little sister quickly offered her assistance...
...but then she took a tumble in the process of helping out Joe!
Here's one more shot of Adrian peeking outside after he warmed up again inside. 
What a fun and memorable morning!!! 


Jamie said...

So glad you guys got to enjoy it! I can't believe I missed it! but my parents made sure the kids got to go outside and make snow angels! yay for snow!

Rachelle said...

Oh how fun. We don't get much snow around here either, and yet, picturing snow in S.A. is nearly impossible for me to do. I'm glad you made the most of it.