It's cold in Kansas! And staying that way for a while, it looks like.
The newspaper says we got 12", but it seemed like a lot more at our house. These photos were near the beginning of the storm, another forty or fifty feet (or so it feels) fell throughout the day.
When my husband bought this toy tool, to haul firewood, I thought it was a bit extravagant and it would be cheaper to just buy wood. But after seeing it keep our driveway cleared, I kind of love it myself.
I suggested we name her Ally Gator (she is a John Deere Gator), Sugarwings said she liked Emily better. So, Emily Gator, it is.
My husband would rather have a more macho name for his machine, but I sure get a kick out of calling it Emily.
While I was in Indy for my neice's birthday, Sugarwings met a new friend at the shoe store and her Pop Pop invited her over for a play date. School was cancelled due to the blizzard, and our little one was heart broken that she wasn't going to see her new pal due to bad weather.
There were plenty of giggles and fun, it was worth getting out to go and get them. No matter what my worries were about the whole situation. First of all, I had no idea what this family, met in the shoe store was like. And what if they got here but couldn't get out again? Were we going to be snowed in for days with the shoe store people??? What would I talk to them about while the girls played? (I'm a notoriously bad small talker)
But they were really, really nice people, and even if they weren't, Sugarwings was so excited to have a friend come over, that we would have welcomed ogres if necessary. She even cleaned her room. And fretted over which pretty tea cups to set out for a cocoa party after sledding. I let her count the forks, get out the plates, chose the table cloths, and plan the whole party.
And I tell you, when you are snowed in with a bundle of energy like Sugarwings, it takes a lot of activities and planning to get through the days! I was happy that she had such a good time planning her party and then looking out the window for her friend to arrive.
And my worries about what the heck I'd do with the parents while the girls played left as soon as I spoke to them. We chatted away for a couple of hours while the kids had a giggle fest blast. These two girls were like two peas in a pod.
Even their names matched, Lee Lee and La La. Cute!
Sometimes, you just need to get out of your comfort zone, bundle up and do something different, huh?