Thursday morning we woke up to a frozen driveway and a few inches of snow! The last time our area had a big snow we were still at Disney World, so this was our first time this season to wake up early and enjoy the snow. Snowfall records have been set here in Mississippi this winter. It really is strange having so much snow.
Wednesday the weather forecasts predicted snow and ice overnight, so Jimmy went to his parents' house and picked up his childhood sled. He also bought a couple of new plastic ones for the children to use. We were prepared! The snow began falling around noon Wednesday, and driving conditions rapidly deteriorated. Thursday morning, area schools and businesses were closed due to the icy roads, and Jimmy's clinic closed too. We truly had a snow day!
So everyone bundled up in their warmest clothes, hats, coats, and gloves (no pajamas and crocs for my children today---it was COLD), and the fun began!
Clay, Sam, and Jimmy posing with their sleds.
Yes, that is our CHRISTMAS TREE behind them. It is still on our patio. Occasionally, the wind blows it over, and one of us will stand it back up. Doesn't it look so pretty, flocked with snow?
This was my both my children's and my first experience with sledding. What fun! Our frozen driveway was perfect for Jimmy's old sled. The new sleds worked well for sailing down the snow covered hills.
Julie and Jimmy, getting ready to sled down the driveway
Sam tackled the small hills--over and over again.
Here comes Julie!
Julie--cold, but having lots of fun
Here comes Clay!
Julie and Me
I was brave and took a turn sledding down the driveway. It wasn't as scary as I thought it would be. We have a sharp turn in the driveway, and I didn't crash into the snow!
Julie, Ashley (a friend), and Olivia
Sam, taking his sled up for another ride
Julie and Clay, giving me sledding pointers before my turn
Here I go!
Jimmy and the children...minus Olivia
Leah and Jimmy
There's Olivia--they all look cold!
Leah with her sled
Olivia had fun sledding too!
I left Jimmy and the children to enjoy the snow while I prepared a hot breakfast of pancakes and hot chocolate. Everyone eventually came inside to thaw out and fuel up. Then we enjoyed a leisurely day of a little bit of schoolwork, a little bit of laundry, a little bit of housework, and a little bit of game playing. After lunch we made Valentines and I made red cinnamon scented play doh for the children. The ice mostly melted by mid afternoon, so Jimmy went on the hospital for a little while.
It was a fun snow day!