Sunday, February 21, 2010
For the majority of Feb, this has been the view from all our windows! Who needs fake icicles as decoration? We have had the real thing since late January. Although they don’t light up like the fake ones! :) Seriously we had one icicle that almost touched the ground but Friday it hit 35 and it crashed before touchdown!
Tuesday, February 16, 2010
Monday, February 15, 2010
Sunday, February 14, 2010
Ready set GO! Chewy & Erin are heading out to deliver our Valentine’s to neighbors and friends. It has become an annual tradition to hand deliver special treats on special occasions (mother’s day, Christmas, Easter etc) to Dan & Pat(right next door) Milley and Nic (on the other side) and David across the street. We deliver to Grace Ann and Frank when they are home. Currently while we battle snow Frank is in Fl on the boat! It was a stressful walk to deliver today for the snow was piled high along the sides of the street. Only 2 walkways to front doors were clear and only one family was home! Thank goodness for Erin’s super duper Ladybug snow boots! She was a real sport and enjoyed stomping in the snow.
I guess when the weather is bad, one needs to call ahead and make an appointment to drop off Valentines! Erin wanted to ride her bike for delivery but with the snow a NO GO! Chewy was anxious to walk ahead for his winter weather walks have been far and few in between. No, we did not make him wear the heart necklace outside! A dog has dignity and so do we!
While shopping for Valentine candy (Anthony Thomas Candy factory is based in Dublin/Hillard OH) Erin asked to buy something for Keenan and Devon. She is extremely thoughtful & encourage this quality at every opportunity. So she picked out 2 heart shaped boxes of Whitman’s chocolates a Snoopy one for Keenan and football for Devon. She has been making handmade valenintes for weeks! Using die cut pink & read construction hearts, paper lace doilies, tons of stickers and countless heart stickers. She made some real beauties! I was proud of her and the amount of time she spent on each one. It really kept her busy and happy! A fun sight to see!! She is still struggling to write her name. She can but does not WANT to do so! She has the letter “e” down but only does the capital letter. At this point she sternly refuses to acknowledge a lowercase “e” as an E. Go figure?!
My favorite Valentine is the bridge … made of glued popsicle sticks! This was her own idea … she took a glue gun and stuck each stick in a row and declared it a bridge and by gosh it is! I will take a Kodak and post it soon.
Until then happy hearts day to all and may you each know how special you are to our family!
Saturday, February 13, 2010
This little guy has held up to some serious winds, ice and snow! Not to mention the dreaded, Japanese beetles!! Ugh! How I hate those things! This tree was a gift from Sharon and Ed and I still remember walking around one of my favorite nursery with Shawn, Jordan and little Erin (at the time she was little) and together we picked out this beauty. It brings great joy when I look out my kitchen window and see it!
Jordan and I were joking after Friday’s movie night (Jordan took me to see it on opening night and treated me to popcorn. My lucky night) The Lightening Thief that this icicle would make a good lightening bolt! The funny thing is this is not the largest icicle of the year. We had one even longer right in front of our kitchen window. Although it is pretty, I some times feel like I am living in the ice age. Especially today for it did not get out of the 20’s. Erin sees these and says with great excitement, “Mom, dad look at the ice cubes.” I think now she will remember icicle although ice cubes is way funnier!
Sunday, February 7, 2010
Saturday, February 6, 2010
After the snow started early Friday morning (my day off) I was really hoping for a snow day from work today. I got my wish! The library does not close often due to weather but when it does what a special treat. Erin, Chewy and I went out to help Jordan clear the drive way (again!) while we were out the snow play began. David from across the street (in the background behind Jordan) walked over to play with Erin and Chewy. After several snowballs and Chewy back flips we started to clear a path for Grace Ann’s car. Then we started on Dan and Pat’s drive. No 80 year old should have to use a snow shovel! Needless to say with 9 inches of snow, we created quite a pile. David placed Erin on top of the pile and of course Jordan and Chewy joined in the fun. A great day! Plus it feels good to help others and a bag of yummy cookies from Grace Ann is a plus.
Friday, February 5, 2010
Erin did this on her own. She used a combo of her books and library books (sorry CML)! She covered her entire floor. This librarian cringed just a bit when she started leap froging from book to book. I am pleased to say no books were harmed in the process.