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09 February 2007

Snowday

So, yesterday was what my children and I call a 'Snowday' - a day when the school is closed, and we can actually enjoy the white stuff! (At my daughter's school, they are forbidden to throw snowballs, make a snowman or even touch snow, with the threat of detention!!! )

So, hooray! After a shaky start, where we weren't sure whether both schools (and my work) were closed or not, we got the all clear to go out and have fun!

The kids made a snowman, they had snowball fights and then we all went sledging. There's a really good field nearby where you only have to sit on a sledge, and you're whizzing at top speed towards the distant trees at the bottom. I've got a video of it, which I'll put on later, but until then, here's some inevitable pics :-D






















And, of course, we ended the day with hot choccie with marshmallows, and a burning fire...






Ahhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhh.....luverly!



© Annelisa Christensen 2:51 pm

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At February 09, 2007 7:14 pm, Blogger Katie McKenna said...

I would love to be there playing in the snow! What fabulous fun! I truly miss those days! I love your photos as always! Thank you for sharing the best gift - the gift of yourself!

hugs*

 
At February 09, 2007 7:54 pm, Blogger QUASAR9 said...

Wow! wish I'd been there.

We did get a white blanket, but it did not last more than a day.
Those pics sure make snow look a delight, and I see the kids got the snow boards ...
And chocolate & marshmallows ... hmmm
You must be going for the bestest mum in the South and on (beta) blogger world.

 
At February 09, 2007 9:08 pm, Blogger Farris Thorne said...

Wow, that looks like fun. Reminds me of my childhood on the frozen tundra of Minnesota, stealing serving trays from the nearest fast-food outlet and using them for sleds, marveling at how quickly a Snow Day can pass. Especially when compared with an afternoon learning algebra... ft

 
At February 10, 2007 2:17 am, Blogger Sanni said...

That´s exactly what I needed right now, Annelia! Thanks so much... beautiful snow pictures and a hot chocolate containing a ton of Marshmellows. I´m sorry I didn´t make it earlier. We´ve had a car accident on the freeway... we´re all doing physically fine, but I can´t believe what people are doing to each other. The one who hit us tried to abscend, not taking care about us... or about our baby on board. May I get some more marshmallows, please?

 
At February 10, 2007 4:02 am, Blogger Mother of Invention said...

Wow! This looks like a decent snowfall! I didn't think you ever had much....of course, we have at least a foot more than you do! They have had a metre fall in the past few days just 1/2 hr. north of us in ski country. We had 2 snow days this week!

 
At February 10, 2007 11:48 am, Blogger TopChamp said...

Sanni's comment's horrible! Not a horrible comment - I mean it's a horrible thing to have happened.

Hello Annelisa - happy snow day to you. I'm not jealous as I expect it'll come our way and I'm hoping it doesn't as we just booked a wigwam (not joking!) for a couple of nights near Loch Lomond.

Hope you have a fun (freezing) weekend! (leaves humming *hi ho, hi ho*)

 
At February 10, 2007 3:54 pm, Blogger Steven Novak said...

Alll I have to say is...I'm extremely happy I moved to Southern California. ;)

Steve~

 
At February 10, 2007 8:19 pm, Blogger steve said...

Annelisa, you must have some kind of influence on the skyscapes out there...You always have at least 1 or 2 photos that the cloud almosy seems to be posing for you... note # 6 in these... I see "praying hands" and yes, I know that I'm a goof, but its not JUST me...I think you are a cloud tamer, um-hmm, thats what you are!

 
At February 11, 2007 10:52 am, Blogger that frolicsome kid said...

The land looks so beautiful when it's covered in snow. Is this the first snowfall after many, many days? I wish schools over here close due to snow. =( The thing is, there's no snow! =P

I am rather fond of the fifth picture. The sun shining behind wintry clouds - what a sight! *content smile*

Ooohh, the hot chocolates look good! *tongue out* I love to have a sip of that. Never mind, I can drink hot chocolates every breakfast, i.e. tomorrow morning! ;)

 
At February 12, 2007 8:30 am, Blogger uncommonly unadulterated said...

the snow looks beautiful... the hot chocolate looks even better.. yum yum

 
At February 12, 2007 9:35 am, Blogger Annelisa said...

Katie - You'll just have to put it on the list of things to do - "go sledging again, make a snowman and have a snowball fight"... maybe take a cold holiday sometime? :-D So worth it!

Q9 - ours didn't last the day either... we just went out as quickly as possible to make the most of it...

The snow's only a delight until you get cold, wet and bruised :-) But, luckily, this year was the first year there were no tears, so it was really good for me... always takes it down a level if you have to take an injured someone home...

:-D hot choccies every evening for my kids (and sometimes to wake up to, if it's really cold!) Not that they always appreciate it... but they would if it wasn't there :-)

Farris - So you used to steal trays to slide on? One of our 'sledges' was like a tray (only less friction) and it was brill. When we were youngsters, I grew up on a farm... and there were loads of big, old fertiliser bags, which we stuffed with plastic, baling string and whatever we could find as padding.... they were the best sledges in the world!! :-)

Many's a time we were chased down the slopes by cows :-D (have a fear of them now, for some reason... )

Oh, Sanni - what a horrible thing to have happened! I'm glad you're all alright though... you poor things... have all the marshmallows you want, sweetie!!

MOI - We don't tend to have much. Even when these pictures were taken, there was a drizzle of rain falling on and off... melting it already :-( Never lasts more than a couple of days (It would be nice if it even lasted the whole of one day!!)

I think, when I visit for my meal, I'll visit in the thick of winter, so I can catch a foot of snow!! :-D

Two snowdays??? You lucky so-and-sos!! Oh, how I wish...

TC - Absolutely a horrible thing to have happened to Sanni and her family - what a b****d to not stop either!!

What, you mean you aren't snowed under up in Scotland??? I thought the snow was everywhere from the Midlands upwards?!

Hope it doesn't come now, while you're in your wigwam! (Actually, there's a really evil part of me that hopes it does! Of all times to be booking a wigwam!!! :-D )

Hello again Steven - long time no see! California might be lovely and sunny, but where's the variation? I love the seasons... In the summer, when it's boiling hot, and you can't cool down, I only have to think of the winter, and that does the trick... In the winter, knowing that there's going to be (hopefully) some point in the summer that's really hot... well, the thought warms me. And In the spring you have all the fresh flowers and leaves, Autumn there's all the colours... Ah, perfect!

:-D Steve - The clouds do pose for me! See the eagle catching it's prey behind my daughter at the top of the slope in the second to last pic?

That one you said - I thought it looked just like the ice on my windscreen not so long ago...

You're not a goof! You've got a great imagination, which you haven't squished like so many people do! And that's a wonderful thing to have... comes out in your blog - great stories! And so well told!

:-D You say I'm a 'cloud-tamer' and MOI calls me "Sky-girl"? Maybe I should use a new name...

FK - It does look real pretty, doesn't it! Even my back garden - full of junk - improves radically with a snow covering... like chucking a big white blanket over everything, and hiding the blemishes...

This is the second day this winter we've had snow, and both days it melted before the afternoon...

The first day, the schools didn't close, and they weren't going to close the boys' school at all, but I think no-one turned up (probably because, though some roads were open, others weren't) Anyway, a good snow day like this is to good to waste!!

That picture of the sun behind the cloud - I've got a whole batch of those in various stages of 'shining out' - a whole lot had a telephone wire running across (it was just where I happened to be when the sky put on this show, and I couldn't get to where there was no cable, because there was a fence in the way....) Some of those were really fantastic... I've been trying to consider whether I should put any of those on, wire an' all...

It's really difficult to find clear sky these days - cables everywhere!! :-(

Hello uncommonly unadulterated (phew, what a mouthful of a name you picked! :-) ) Hope you enjoyed your hot choccie and nice views... come back soon... I have some more to show :-)

 
At February 12, 2007 8:57 pm, Blogger ann said...

My boss said it was a no work day, till he changed his mind... doh!!!!! I was royally p***ed off!!!!!

 
At February 13, 2007 12:32 am, Blogger Annelisa said...

Wot a rotter, Ann!!! That's just not on... he shouldn't raise your hopes like that :-(

 
At February 17, 2007 1:29 am, Blogger Mystic Rose said...

OOOOO lovely snow!! We've ahd a lot too..:)

 
At February 19, 2007 8:14 pm, Blogger Annelisa said...

Oh, we didn't have a lot, Mystic in fact the little we had was quickly gone... never lasts a full day any more :-(

 

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