Friday, February 5, 2016

Snowzilla 2016

Two weeks ago, we were hunkering down excitedly as we awaited our first blizzard!  It all started around 2:30pm on Friday...
This is after it had only been snowing a couple of hours. It was already starting to cover the ground.
It was so pretty and peaceful!
We're so excited!
A little snack.
That smile!
Brothers gotta hug!
It was still snowing when we woke up Saturday morning. There was already an 18in drift on the deck. Sailor just kept pointing and saying "Oh! Wow!"
The boys ventured out once with Dad to explore. Too cold and windy for Mom and Sailor! A crew continued to plow the roads through the storm creating mountains of snow on the sides of the road. Fun for climbing!
Couldn't resist the urge to sled even while the snow continued to fall. BRRR!!
Scott took this in one of the mirrors on the golf cart path.
 Back inside for hot chocolate and many games of Electronic Battleship.
Yep, still snowing! 26 hours and counting... as the day progressed, the conditions got more "blizzardy."
Time to cozy up by the fire!

This is the snowdrift on the deck by Saturday night.

Good Morning Sunshine! Sunday morning the storm was finally over.
We were left with a frozen tundra out front.
And our view from the back...that's Scott's truck on the far left. Buried!
Where's our van? We purposefully left it outside thinking it would mean less shoveling of the driveway. All it did was create very awkward snow drifts that we had to dig the van out literally took 3 days to finally get it out! 
After we did "home church," we bundled up and  took a little family trek around the neighborhood to survey the damage.

This is a park bench completely flush with the snow.

Of course the boys had a blast climbing and jumping off the huge piles!
Mark loves the snow in Virginia as much as he loved the beach in Hawaii! 
Definitely the most snow we've ever seen!
Don't even think about it, Keaton!

Our little snow bunny was content riding on Daddy's back.
First snowman of the year! They named him "Freezer." FYI: Oreo minis work great for eyes and mouth!
On Monday, we went sledding with our good friends, the Wicshmeiers. The golf course had some awesome sledding hills!

Sailor and her best buddy, Isabel

Not a bad view!

My handsome dude!
So much fun!
Sailor "tolerated" sledding, but it was a  little cold for her!
Dennis and Ethan
Scott's the videographer of the family.
We like to call Mark "Cold-i-locks"
These hills were steep!

Sea turtles are great for sledding too!
Sailor preferred watching from the comfort of Mom's lap!

Snowzilla 2016 dropped at least 20 inches of snow on us when it was all over- 3-4 ft in other areas not far from here.  We ended up with 7 school snow days and 2 days where the federal offices in DC were closed completely.  I kept thinking about how blessed we are to live in a warm home where we could enjoy the wonder of the storm with hardly an inconvenience. We never even lost power or ran out of milk (or wine!). We are so thankful that this historic blizzard brought us nothing but fun and great memories!

1 comment:

Melissa Batusic said...

Such great pictures! I was thankful for a warm house through all of that too!