Yeah for snowmen

I was finally able to build a snowman for the first time since I was a very young girl yesterday. I had an absolute blast. With more than 8 IMG_1105inches of snow, Jason and I had plenty to work with.

The couple of snow storms that came through our area this winter season never had the right kind of snow or enough of it, until Snow Storm Pax barreled through. With almost 23 hours of on and off snow, my one wish came true.

With every storm, I ask Jason, can we build a snowman!

It was fun making a small snowball and then rolling, rolling, flipping, more rolling, flipping again until we had a monstrous ball. Needless to say, our first snowman was kind of shaped funny.

Our first snowman cracks me up.  A snowman with a belly, haha.

IMG_1120We added a scarf, a Patriot’s hat and charcoal for the eyes, nose and mouth. Before the end of the day, our first snowman was gone. It fell over.

After we made our first one, I got the itch, I had to make another one. So the rolling, flipping, more rolling began again.

IMG_1119It felt good to play in the snow, give myself a half snow day off of work.

With all the cold weather and the on and off snow, Jason and I haven’t been able to do our outside exploring. I cannot put into words just how much I miss our weekly hikes, our getaways.

Yesterday it showed how much we needed to be outdoors. We spent quite a bit of time outside although it was cold.

We both made more snowballs and threw them at each other. Jason of course was more successful in hitting the target, me, than I was. It was fun nonetheless.

When we first arrived in Tennessee we scouted out new waterfalls, which we have wanted to see during the winter months. Unfortunately we don’t have the right attire and shoes to go for a winter hike.

So, you could imagine how excited I was when I saw a little waterfall on our property, hahaha.

IMG_1112 I’m definitely counting down the days until the weather warms and we can hit the trails once again.

IMG_1101 IMG_1102There is still a lot of snow on the ground today, but a lot has already melted away.

When we were outside making the snowmen yesterday every once in a while you would hear and feel snow falling off the branches. The breeze would catch the snow and carry it away. The two pictures above shows the snow melting before it fell off.

It’s been a fun winter to say the least. A fun, first true winter out of the state of Florida. I’m so glad I’ve had the opportunity to experience this with my best friend. We have created some new memories that will last a lifetime.

You really don’t realize just how spoiled you are with mild winters while living in Florida until you experience snow and negative degree weather in Tennessee.

Beauty

Every snow storm that comes our way brings a beautiful robin that plays in the branches right outside our door. Every time I would grab my camera, have it ready to start snapping away, this beauty would fly away and make it impossible to capture him.

Well, I’m happy to say that today he granted my wish as he flew from branch to branch close enough to take pictures.

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IMG_1095He even took the time to look straight at me and pose while I snapped away.

Today, Winter Storm Pax continues to show its presence. The snow is still falling this morning, creating more of a blanket of white all around our home. I wonder when it’s going to let up. I want to make a larger snowman and Jason wants to go sledding down our driveway. That sled ride will definitely be an adventure, one that I will capture.

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IMG_1100This has definitely been a true winter for Jason and I. We have experienced the cold temperatures, at one point -2, and a good amount of snow. It’s different from Florida winter’s that’s for sure.

 

Spoiled, spoiled rotten

This morning I had a few interviews set up to talk to some high school students that are participating in the program SCOPE, Student Congress on Politics and Education, in March. After watching the news last night, I learned that I had a tight timeline I had to make if I wanted to interview those students.

All Washington County schools in Tennessee were closing at 11:30 a.m. because of the snow storm that was on track for our area.

This sweet man of mine saw reports that the snow could start as early as 10-10:30 this morning and decided to drive me to my interviews. Jason’s Subaru handles snow much better than my Mitsubishi. I love how he knows when my nerves need to be calmed down, how he always looks out for me. Well, my interviews went well, story has already been turned in, it was a great way to start my day.

Good news was we got home in plenty of time before the storm started. So, Jason could have slept in, but I am thankful he was looking out for me. Interstate 26 is a nightmare when the weather is fine . . . IMG_1055

The snow started about 2-ish this afternoon and has been off and on since. We saw some really big snowflakes when we left to pick up dinner, but has since decreased in size. Fortunately this snow storm has brought some nice snowman, snowball packing snow . . .

So Jason made us a little snowman with the little snow we had this afternoon on top of my car. We went back outside just a little before midnight and it’s still there, much smaller of course.

IMG_1056Jason made sure I took a picture farther away to show just how small the snowman was. It made me laugh, made my day actually.

The memory of today was making snowballs and throwing them at each other, as well as Jason throwing them at his car.  I felt like a little kid, it was great.

I thought of our family dog Mandy. When I lived in Illinois with my family as a young girl we used to make snowballs and throw them at Mandy and she would catch them with her mouth. Oh such great memories flooded my brain tonight.

IMG_1057Since that first time we went out earlier this afternoon, a lot more snow has accumulated. Around 11:30 p.m., Jason measured about 4 1/2 inches and it’s still coming down.

IMG_1082One of our neighbors has a table in front of their porch, which provides a good visual of the amount of snow we have received so far.

IMG_1066The snow on the back porch.

Jason came back inside to get me tonight after he walked towards the decline of our driveway down the hill. He knew I would want to take pictures, which he was right. It’s such a beautiful site, especially with the snow still falling.

IMG_1067Both Jason and I commented on the silence that surrounds you in the snow. The sky also provides an incredible view, there’s kind of glow that engulfs you while filling the night sky.

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Winter Storm Pax sure made its presence known today and is expected to continue Thursday with possible snow on Friday as well.

Today was an incredible day. Jason and I spent the majority of the day, night laughing hysterically. I had tears flowing freely at one point as I could not stop the laughter.