Thursday, March 5, 2015

A Snowy Status Update

True to this early March pattern we seemed doomed to repeat, we "warmed up" yesterday into the 50's and awoke this morning to a thick blanket of white. School closed, work closed, and we all watched the sun rise over the soft and sparkling landscape. I think this morning's snowfall has been the most we've had to date. It was easily over 5" in many places (which is a big deal for us!).

There was supposed to be a thick layer of sleet under all that fluffy stuff, so we eagerly busted the sleds out once again, but alas it was all dry and fine like frozen glitter. The kids had fun anyway, pulling- and being pulled on- the sled through the little drifts, watching for animal tracks and undisturbed sparkles.

We followed rabbit tracks and Leeloo tracks and bird tracks and ended up crunching through the woods, enjoying the feeling of being somewhere completely different and very familiar at the same time.

And finally, after watching both kids try and sneak handfuls of snow into their mouths, we decided we'd wrap up our excursion by scooping up a big bowl of fresh snow and heading inside to make snow ice cream.

We are now all dried off, warmed up, and tucked in for naps (well, almost all of us...), and true to The Usual the snow is slowly melting into rivulets down the driveway.

So long, crazy March snow, it's been fun... but I'm starting to get a little antsy to be back out in the garden!


Tuesday, March 3, 2015

Cabin Fever and Such

It figures that we'd get our first real taste of winter this close to the beginning of spring. It seems like we've been ending or beginning every second or third day with the monitoring of road conditions and school closings, and it never fails that about a day before we run out of milk everything freezes over and shuts down.

There's an over-memed saying that's been circulating lately: "If you don't like the weather in Texas, just wait a few hours." It sounds ridiculous, but it's true... and it's that flip-flopping that's gotten us all feeling sluggish and off these days.

So as we warm up into the low 60's today and prepare for another arctic blast tonight, we're also dealing with sniffles, clogged ears, and edgy Littles. A touch of cabin fever for sure, and maybe a little head cold making the rounds, too. Ah, the joys of late winter around these parts.

At least when it's chilly, lingering in bed and resting beneath covers is way more appealing and this Mama doesn't have to do much coaxing to get everyone to take a good nap.

So this week you'll probably find us moving slowly, sipping lots of hot teas and cider, and lounging late into the day in our fuzziest robes...

...and our fuzziest mustaches, too, of course.

Like I said, cabin fever, y'all!

Wishing all wellness and rest this Tuesday. Have a good one.

Sunday, March 1, 2015


It looks like we're beginning March with snow and ice on the ground this year! And around these parts, that means we're kicking off March with brief trips outside to crunch the icy top of the snow like creme brulee, then long stints inside coloring, huddling around the fire, watching movies, and now playing Hungry Hungry Hippos (constantly, nonstop).

Wishing all a cozy weekend and a peaceful kickoff to the month! Happy weekending!

Friday, February 27, 2015

This Moment

Playing along with Amanda today... in her words: 

{this moment} - A Friday ritual. A single photo - no words - capturing a moment from the week. A simple, special, extraordinary moment. A moment I want to pause, savor and remember.

Wednesday, February 25, 2015

Real Snow

There are some to our north who might chuckle at our enthusiasm for this morning's snowfall. I could never imagine what it would be like to live for months with snow so deep your windows seem cut in half... but this? This today was totally magical (and if we're being honest, it's also probably going to be the only snowfall for the season).

So we got out, we crunched, we tasted, we made a very small snowman, and by lunch, we watched it all melt away.

So short-lived this Texas snow always is. So special.

Chuckle away, northern friends.

It won't be long before you'll be calling 90 degrees hot, and it will be our turn to chuckle.

Tuesday, February 24, 2015

A "Gift" for the Family

Yesterday, in the midst of all the sleet excitement, the coming and going, and the bundling and unbundling, the cat got out... and came right back in with a "gift" for the family.

It was a little towhee (and I'm sure he didn't suffer much, don't let the feathers worry you). After thanking Rory for the gift (ahem), we took it outside to find a peaceful place for it to "rest." The noteworthiness of this story, for this Mama anyway, is the tenderness and sweetness of the Littles as we searched for a place to tuck the little bird.

They held it gently, they stroked his smooth feathers, and they whispered to each other with a reverence that naturally fell over them, no prompting needed. I just stood back and watched, and my heart swelled with their wonder and tenderness.

They decided a little "cave" made by a few rocks leaning against each other, where the sleet had not accumulated and a bed of leaves still showed, was the place for the little bird. They carried him to the spot, gently tucked him in, said good-bye, and then ran off on their next adventure. I lingered for just a few more seconds, letting the juxtaposition of the bird and their innocence soak in, then I joined them.

It was just another moment mid-cycle: seasons, feelings, life. And I'm glad I looked up, and I noticed.

Monday, February 23, 2015

Right Now

Right now, I'm loving the first (and probably the only) bad weather day of the season! School is closed, the hubs stayed home from work, the sleds came out, and the fire is roaring. There will be hot chocolate, puzzles, soups, and at least one full load of socks, mittens, wraps and hats. It'll be a good day.

Stay warm, and happy Monday!