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Snow Daze

Well, we had our first snowstorm of the season this week, and I can’t even begin to tell you how excited we’ve all been about it. So, I’ll show you in a photo:

Snow Daze 2 She speaks the truth.

Y’all, I’m from Georgia. I have lived most of my life in the Southeast with stints in Oklahoma, England, and now Kansas. I keep my heat on 74° when it’s 55°. I use my car seat heaters in May. I drink hot coffee in August.

I don’t DO cold.

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I thought the only people who intentionally endured cold like this purchased lift tickets and said things like, “Race you to the bottom of the mountain!”

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I had no idea that people actually go to work with 13″ of snow on the ground. Unless those people said things like, “Lady, you’re going to have to get off the ski lift at some point today. This is your third time around.”

[That’s not how a ski lift works, stupid Southerner.]

I don’t know if that’s how a ski lift works because I don’t frequent places that consider frozen precipitation a pleasurable part of outdoor activities.

At least one of my children agrees with me.

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Averi lasted approximately 90 seconds outside before Brian had to rescue her.

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She got inside, threw off her snow gear, and said, “Cooooooold outside.”

That’s my girl.

JJ, on the other hand, BEGGED to stay outside. This kid lives for snow ball fights, sledding, and snow in his ears.

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He could hardly see through the haze, but he was completely in his element.

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And since I’m the kind of mother who believes we should embrace the ways our children differ from us, I went out and bought my boy a kid-sized snow shovel. Because, you know, manual labor builds character.

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And the faster he shovels that crap the sooner mommy can get to Starbucks.

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“Sure, mom. I’ll get right on that.”

Even though our sweet neighbor cleared the snow off our driveway late Tuesday afternoon, we woke up Wednesday morning to an incredible amount of that pure, white driving hazard.

Brian spent two hours yesterday shoveling the snow mountain you see behind him.

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Two hours. Basically, he built LOTS of character.

I don’t mean to insult native Kansans, but that Dorothy is full of crap.

There’s no place like Florida. There’s no place like Florida.

What’s the weather like in your neck of the woods?

If you live in Hawaii, I’m going to have to ask you to keep your comments to yourself unless you want me to hit you upside the head with a giant snow shovel. Okay, not really. But I might use JJ’s little, plastic one.

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Comments to "Snow Daze"

  1. Debbie

    February 6, 2014

    I can totally sympathize!! I’m a Texas girl transplanted to New England. I’ve been here almost 14 years and still can’t get used to the cold!! We have a long driveway and have to pay somebody to plow it for us. Let’s just say that I may have to get a second job just to pay him this year!! 😉

  2. Julie

    February 6, 2014

    That’s ALOT of snow!!!!
    In Michigan, it got to FREEZING.
    It’s not the snow that gets you this year in Michigan. It’s the Windchill Factor;
    -35 BELOW ZERO.
    So school was cancelled due to the frigid weather not the snow.
    Hypothermia, in two minutes. Can’t wait for spring!!!
    ( broke a record, hasn’t been this cold since the 1800’s jiminy cricket )

    • Katy in a Corner

      February 6, 2014

      That windchill is insane! Back in the days when I was living in Georgia and blissfully ignorant, I thought a 40 degree windchill was rough. Here, we’ve seen -20. Correction, we’ve seen it on our computers. I’ve never stepped foot in -20 degrees, and I don’t plan to do so. Stay warm up there in Michigan!

  3. Dona

    February 6, 2014

    Well, you didn’t mention Arizona, so I guess I can comment. We have 4 feet of pure sunshine! Ever tried to shovel sunshine? But I agree with you……people who love the snow are a little, well, odd. And I mean that in the NICEST way!

    • Katy in a Corner

      February 6, 2014

      Shoveling sunshine made me laugh! Thankfully, I can’t complain about the sunshine here. (Not like I could in England.) Regardless of the cold, it’s wonderful to feel that warm sun pouring through the windows!

  4. Katy's Mama

    February 6, 2014

    I am seeing all this snow and asking myself, “Why are we traveling to Kansas in February”? And then I remember, to see those precious grand babies , oh and you and Brian. I am praying all that stuff is gone before we land next week. And that it warms up. Your Dad and I have been obsessed with looking ahead at the forecast and comparing it to ours here in Georgia. Your highs are our lows!! I don’t have the clothes for this weather. I see a shopping spree in my future, as long as we can get there. Not sure about driving around in the snow!!! 6 days and counting!!! Love you!

    • Katy in a Corner

      February 6, 2014

      You don’t have to pretend like you’re coming here to visit me and Brian. And I won’t pretend like we’re not going to leave the kids with you at least twice so we can go to Chipotle without cleaning rice out of our hair. Don’t worry about driving in the snow. I’m getting pretty good at it. I’ve perfected the “power slide.” It’ll be fun!

  5. Colleen

    February 6, 2014

    We don’t do it that way in Portland, we have a mountain about 45 minutes out of town where we keep the snow, pretty much year round. Just kidding! It’s about 20 degrees today and we are expecting snow this afternoon. If we get more than an inch of snow we’ll just shut the city down for a couple of days and call it good. Especially if we get the freezing rain in the forecast for this weekend.

    • Katy in a Corner

      February 6, 2014

      I was feeling okay about our weekly forecast until I checked it this morning. We have snow expected 4 out of the next 7 days and not a single high above freezing. Today’s high is 10. It makes me want to go back to bed. Wake me up in May. 😉

  6. Katy

    February 6, 2014

    Here in South Dakota, our low last night was around -15…and our high today is a balmy 14 degrees. We’ve had a brutal winter too…many days when the high was -10. The kiddos are definitely getting cabin fever, but the wind chills here are too cold for toddlers. One of my favorite memories of this crazy winter was the picture I took of my husband using the leaf blower to clear off our driveway, while it was snowing, wearing his winter coat and shorts.

    Stay warm…winter only last another 2 months. Unless you live in SD, since last year we had snow days at the end of April 🙂

    • Katy in a Corner

      February 6, 2014

      Every time I see your name come up on my comments, I feel like I’m talking to myself. Except you’re the Katy who lives in South Dakota, so you expected to have feet of snow and negative temperatures. I’m the Katy who lives in Kansas and didn’t expect the winters to look like the winters in South Dakota. Except they do. 🙂 Your husband has to be one of those folks like I see around here. I call it weather denial. If we wear shorts and pretend like we’re not turning purple from frostbite, then we can make it another 4 months like this.

  7. Katrina

    February 6, 2014

    I’m a Minnesota native that has been transplanted to New Mexico thanks to the USAF…And I could not be happier! I hate, hate, hate snow and cold! My three year old (who was born in New Mexico) loves it, though. He is so excited that we are getting snow right now. Maybe it’s a boy thing?

  8. Heather

    February 7, 2014

    I so agree, while I’m not dealing with snow, I have recently moved to Washington state due to the military. I am a southerner. I do not understand why anyone would live where it is cold all the time by choice. I just don’t get it. We moved here in July, I had a fire in my fireplace in July. No kidding.
    I miss the south!
    On another note, this is my first time commenting, and I just want you to know, I enjoy your blog, and I appreciate the work and laughter you put into it. 🙂

  9. Karen

    February 7, 2014

    Wow!!! I am from Indiana originally and they are getting hammered as well! There’s a GOOD reason I live in Arizona now. You can’t shovel sunshine. The kids are looking so cute and getting big! Stay warm!
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