Those snow days have been a huge hassle for working parents (and probably just as much for stay-at-home parents), but they've been a delightful treat for me. The only people who like snow days better than students are teachers.
One particularly nice feature of this year's snow days is that so many of them have lengthened holidays (Christmas vacation grew by a week) and long weekends (the three-day Martin Luther King weekend became a four-day break). In addition, while Jeff typically works (outside) in all conditions, the airport job he's been on has been a little more weather-sensitive. Thanks to this, I was able to follow my three-day bike binge with a really fun family day before we all went back to work and school.
A few years ago, during another terribly cold spell when schools closed due to the dangerously cold temperatures, Nathan, Jacob, and I traveled down to Ste. Genevieve, MO, to see a frozen waterfall I'd read about in the newspaper. We had a great time despite the cold; in the years since we've talked about going back, but we've had such mild winters that there probably wasn't much freezing going on. Even this winter has been such a patchy one, bitter cold alternating with brief interludes in the 40-50* range, that I wasn't sure the waterfall would be very impressive. Still, when schools cancelled for the day after Martin Luther King day, I talked Jeff and Jacob into making a day trip.
|Jacob and Jeff|
|Including this picture just because it makes me look slim.|
|Sitting in a little shelter cave with Jacob|
|Rows of icicles everywhere|
|The waterfall...not quite as impressive as last time, but still cool|
|Obligatory couple picture...see? My husband DOES exist!|
|He only slid down this about 15 times.|
|The guys walking along the side.|
|Checking out some big icicles|
|Cool slot formation you hike through.|
|"Look at me...I'm a walrus!"|
|I'm up, but I'm not so sure about getting back down.|
|Because pretending to poop in a hollow tree trunk never gets old...|
|"It is I, the littlest billy goat Gruff..." You can see Jacob the troll on the right side of the bridge.|
|Now I'm the biggest billy goat knocking the troll off the bridge.|
It was definitely a chilly day to play outside, but we had a great time. Looking forward to the next family adventure, whatever it is!