You see stuff like this in New England, Canada and some Antarctic countries, but it is odd to see so much at one time HERE.  Especially when it lasts more than 24 hours before melting off.  I thought I would share some of our best snow pictures this week.  The first is the BEST.  The BIGGEST ICICLE I HAVE EVER SEEN.  The boys brought it in when they

were out getting firewood.  It was on the side of the house.  It was as tall as my 12-year-old and he was desperate to put it in the freezer so it wouldn't melt.  In the end, the boys went outside and threw it, javelin style, to watch it shatter.

When you don't go to school, you have plenty of time to work on other things like this Lego-style fort that Dillon started.  He got a little cold and decided he would finish it 'next winter'.  He then revised that and said, "maybe after lunch."  We both talked later about snow forts and how the movies really mess with your mind because they look so easy until you try to build one yourself and you realize it takes hours and a master's degree in engineering.  We decided it would be best to build a wall -- and a moat.  Everything needs a moat.  And then we would pretend the back of the castle drops off to the beach, like the Cliffs of Dover, making it impossible to breach.  Of course, this philosophical discussion happened while I was yelling from the front door and he was IN the snow.

Here's something else you don't see a lot in our area.  The boys had to get the shovels and start working it.  Yes, we have snow shovels, unlike many in this area.  Thanks to my husband who was raised in PA and spent some significant time stationed in North Dakota, we have a lot of things to remove snow.  After the snow was removed from my front porch and walk way, the boys went to grandma's house and to some close family friends who are too old to shovel.  They spent a few hours being 'good neighbors' and then came back home for some hot chocolate and / or beer.

We'd love to see your snow pictures, too.  You can email them to