Well April arrived in New England with a sense of humor, as a small snowstorm moved in overnight, leaving us with about four inches of heavy snow to welcome spring. Fortunately, it did not cause too much trouble and it was well expected for a few days. It was an awfully pretty drive into work to be sure. Everything had the look of being dusted with a decent amount of powdered sugar.
It did, however, make for the best packing snow of the season. So, Hadley finally got to make a snowman or, in this case, a snow woman. She has been asking all winter. Every time she awoke to new snow she desperately wanted to make a snowman or have a snowball fight. Yet no previous snowfalls had left us with quality packing snow, until today.
Needless to say the kids quite enjoyed the day. Plus, it was not terribly cold, so they could get some quality playing in for the day, at least until they got too wet. Apparently, Fritz was the first one to have enough and proceeded to wait by the door, which ended the fort building festivities.
Still, fun was had by all and it will likely be the last of the snow for the season. The temperature is supposed to rise nearly to the fifties in the next couple of days. Even by the end of the night quite a bit had already melted.
Well there is still plenty of snow on the ground, although we did fortunately avoid another heavy fall predicted earlier in the week. It has even gotten a little warmer of late to help melt a little of the few feet surrounding us. Now, we are just hoping for a nice long, slow thaw to avoid all of the potential flooding. Still, we have been pretty well confined the indoors, which is a little hard on the kiddos, although they are hanging in there.
They have been making the most of the indoor activities, like reading and coloring. Of course they do get stir crazy at times and we try to run them around outside, despite the snow being deep enough to lose them. This generally leave at least one of them looking like this.
So today was another snow day, the third of the season. At this rate, I might be teaching right up to the Fourth of July. It was a good thing school was canceled, however, as the timing and amount of snow would have made for a remarkably treacherous trip this morning. We now have more snow than we have had in quite a few years that’s for sure. The first year I was in New England, 2004, was a one of the greatest snowfalls on record, but this year we will now doubt crack the top ten, if we haven’t already.
Three whopper storms in the last month have left left us with three-plus feet. With the winds and drifting, not to mention shoveling, the snow banks are easily rising beyond that. It is getting pretty challenging to throw the snow high enough off the driveway now too. Better still, we are supposedly going to get some more over the weekend. I am not sure where we are going to be able to put it, however much ends up falling. Fortunately, we have some nice neighbors with snowblowers on the street. If they are willing to help, throwing the new fall of snow might not be as challenging.
The one thing about all the snow is that it is definitely fun. The kids love running around in it, as witnessed by the photos. Of course, the depth is now a whole lot more challenging for the two little ones, to be sure. Still, they love digging with the mini-shovel. Unfortunately, the snow hasn’t really been good packing snow. Thus, no great big snowmen. It has gotten so deep so fast, it isn’t even favorable for snow angels. Perhaps as things warm up a bit things will get a little easier for all that.
While it’s always nice to have a day off, we did just start the new semester. Needless to say it has gotten out of the gate with a few stumbles in the last two weeks. I guess it will take a little longer to get the students back into a steady rhythm. Regardless, the son and daughter like it when dad is home all day. Plus, after being away from the family the last two weekends in a row, it has been a bit of treat to get some extra time at home.