Mother Nature Is Just Messing With Us Now

After weeks of frigid cold, of ice dams forming on our roofs, of high winds that cut right through you, and of piles upon piles of snow, we finally got some relief.  That’s right, we went above freezing.  True, it still was in the low 30’s, but the temperature and sun were a good combination.  I was actually able to walk outside without a hat and gloves.  The ice dams on the roof began to melt.  They are still there, but they’ve diminished somewhat.  I was also able to go onto our slippery ice rink of a driveway and chop off a good portion of the ice.  A few more days of this and we should be recovered nicely.


Oh, wait.  Tomorrow’s high is in single digits again.

At this point, I’m convinced that Mother Nature isn’t a kindly lady.  She’s a real b… er, piece of work.  She’s tormented us all winter long with piles of snow and frigid cold.  We’ve almost gotten used to it so she gave us one day to help us to remember what warmth is.  Just one day.  Then she’s yanking it away to give us more bitter cold.

I keep looking in the long term forecast and seeing 30’s and 40’s just one week ahead.  It seems close, but just out of reach.  Still, it gives me hope that we’ll warm up soon.  Then, as the days pass, those warm temperatures get replaced by much colder ones.


At this point, I’ll take any sign that spring is on it’s way.


Wait, the Passover aisles are being stocked in the supermarkets already?!!!  Any sign but that one!

Gold Medal For Lost Teeth At The Sled Olympics

The Winter Olympics might be in full swing in Sochi, but back here we are having some winter events of our own.  There’s the meter deep snow drift shovel, the icy driveway skate, and the ever popular car figure skating (aka maneuvering your car out of a snowed in driveway into a snow-narrowed street without hitting the snow banks or parked cars).

To find some actual fun in the snow, we went to a local park that has a giant hill.  During the spring and summer, the boys love running up and down this hill.  I figured this would be the perfect place to sled down.  JSL immediately began to get fearful.  He’s afraid of heights (or so he claims) and this was definitely high up.  NHL took the first sled ride and loved it – shouting with joy the whole way down.  JSL decided to brave a trip and shouted as well, but more out of fear than enjoyment.


Of course, I had to have my go and – always thinking social media – filmed a first-person view going down.

Hard sled + bounces + my not-so-young anymore body = OUCH!  I definitely envied another family that was there with inflatable sledding devices.  I could have used some of that cushioning power.

We kept at it for awhile and I even came up with a solution for JSL.  I positioned the sled halfway up the hill and stood in front of it to keep it in place as he got on.  When he was ready, I stepped aside and he went down.  This gave him enough height to make for a fun ride, but not so much to trigger fear.  Of course, this meant less opportunity for me to take photos of JSL in any pose except for his apparently traditional post-sled snow angel.


NHL, for his part, tended to gravitate to the more dangerous sections.  Some people had fashioned sled jumps and NHL wanted to try them out.  I let him and he had a blast.


One jump he caught just right and wound up with some serious air.  I was at the top of the hill at the time so when it was his turn next, I had him wait until I got into position so I could snap this photo.


Unfortunately, right after I took the photo, NHL got up from where he landed and yelled that he had hurt his nose and glasses.  I looked him over and he was fine – if a bit snow covered, but then he realized something else was wrong.

He had lost a tooth!

Yes, it was a wiggly tooth that was due to come out.  (Insert sigh of relief from me here.)  However, it wasn’t with him.  It was somewhere near where he landed.  Finding a small white tooth on a patch of white snow was going to be nearly impossible so I let NHL know that we’d look but we probably wouldn’t find it.  Two minutes in, I was about to call off the search when NHL proclaimed that he found it.  Sure enough, he plucked something small off of the ground and had his tooth back.


I took it and firmly held onto it until we got home.  The tooth fairy visited him that night and gave him his own gold medals… I mean coins.


Too Much Snow

angry-carOn Friday, I posted about how sick I am of snow.  I really didn’t want to make another post so soon about it, but the levels of snow we have just seem to warrant it.  On Friday, the official total seems to be (as near as I can tell), 15 inches of snow.  However, when I measured our snow amounts, I got closer to 20 inches.  This tremendous snow fall meant cancelling plans to see family that we were really looking forward to.  (The roads just weren’t safe to travel on and I’d rather survive the trip.)

Friday, we mostly spent a lot of time shoveling and roof raking (to prevent ice dams on our roof).  The snow banks at the end of our driveway are about as tall as I am now.  Getting in and out of our driveway is a very tricky affair with my little sedan.  We haven’t even *tried* getting B’s car out.  I don’t think it’s possible the way the snow is.

Of course, the ton of snow meant that the boys had fun playing.  Our next door neighbor’s daughter dug a snow tunnel for them and JSL pretended to hibernate.


Ah, if only I could go to sleep and wake up when it was spring.

A couple of days later, we decided to take the boys sledding.  The only problem was that we only had one sled.  We looked around, but the stores don’t stock sleds in February.  I need new boots too and those are gone as well.  Instead, they have flip-flops, lawn care products, and other spring merchandise out now.  You would think they would retain some stock to sell to people who will still need winter products for the next two months.  Instead, retailers seem to perpetually live three months in the future.

Given that we only had one sled (and that we weren’t sure how snow pant would work in my car, we opted to sled at home.  I piled some snow up and made a ramp.  The boys had fun helping me make the ramp and then going down it.


Next, they wanted to build a snow fort.  I grabbed my shovel and began piling snow in a big circle around JSL while NHL helped strengthen the walls.  Eventually, they had a nice, defensible fort.


Of course, there’s one part about playing outside that seems to be their favorite.  Warming up inside with a nice video game!  (In this case, Lego Marvel Super Heroes – which I plan to review soon.)

The forecast calls for warmer weather soon.  I’m half looking forward to it and half dreading the slushy, flood-prone mess that will result when all this water melts at once.

(By the way, head on over to B’s blog for – among other things – a video of what happened when I decided to use the snow as a comfy chair.)

I’m Sick Of All The Snow, Man

The snow has been coming down heavy all day.  We’ve gone from predictions of 6 to 8 inches, to 8 to 12 inches, and finally (as I write this) 12 to 20 inches.  We’re getting buried and are breaking our backs trying to shovel our way out of it.  Meanwhile, the boys are having a blast.


As much as I love the Disney movie Frozen, I definitely DON’T want to build a snow man.  Instead, I’m dreaming of warmer weather and am sick of the snow.  As I shoveled, I became inspired and had to sing.

I didn’t say I sang well… Just that I sang.  And now you know why the song parodies I come up with aren’t videos of me singing them.

So here’s a parody of the first part of "Do You Wanna Build A Snowman".

*Knock, knock, knock, knock, knock, knock*
I’m sick of all this snow, man!
I want it to go away 
There’s white stuff piling by the door 
Boots on the floor 
Just make it go away
We used to walk around the block
Without a coat 
My fingers are going numb! 
I’m sick of all this snow, man!
Don’t wanna keep shoveling snow, man.

Just say, bye…

A Dragon VIP Experience

Yesterday, I wrote about the DreamWorks How To Train Your Dragon Live Spectacular show.  Our fun didn’t begin, or end, with the show, however.  We were treated to the full VIP Experience.

Our VIP treatment began as we were allowed in early.  We were given VIP badges, gift bags with some How To Train Your Dragon merchandise, and even an exclusive 3D poster.

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After this, we were guided to an area where we got to don Viking apparel and weaponry.


Once we were all dressed up, we posed in front of a green screen.  Our picture was taken and, magically, we were transported to the Isle of Berk.

Viking Family

After removing our Viking paraphernalia, we moved on to another closed off area.  Here, we waited for a bit until a familiar pair of Vikings arrived.

hiccup and astrid

Yes, we got to meet Hiccup and Astrid.  NHL was so excited, I almost had to hold him back from charging up to them to hug them.  After a short while, we were able to take a photo of all of us with them.


Soon, it was time to take our seats for the show.  Once the show was finished, as everyone else left, we headed towards the front of the arena.  It was time for Dragons 101.  Our tech teacher was Ben (aka Ben The Bold, Ben The Brave, or Ben The Beautiful… his words, not mine. ;-)  )


Here, while the crew worked on the dragons in the background, Ben explained about dragons, rigging, pyrotechnics, and more.  It was amazing to hear just how much work went into the show.  Both of my boys asked interesting questions.  JSL asked how they made fire without hurting people.  (They use gas filled boxes which the operators set off to create fireballs.  However, the boxes have sensors to detect if someone is too near and won’t go off if someone is.)  NHL asked how big the Red Death dragon was.  (So big that it doesn’t fit in the backstage or through the opening they have.  They actually deflate and inflate it like a balloon.)

The VIP Experience turned a magical show into an over-the-top amazing experience.  Thanks to everyone that was involved.

Tour dates and tickets can be found by going to  In addition, you can save 25% off the cost of select seats by using the promo code "MOM".

Disclaimer: I received tickets to the How To Train Your Dragon Live Spectacular and VIP Experience for me and my family.  However my opinions (and excitement) are my own.

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