Thursday, February 28, 2008

Frozen Water

We got some decent snow last night, so I took the kids to a park this morning to finally get some snow pictures. These were all the times I actually got them to stop trying to eat the snow; I wasn't very successful - they think snow is a food group.

We came back home, had hot chocolate and school. At least we got our PE today!

Henry asked me what snow is made of, kind of on par with "what are cucumbers made of" (that was last night's question)...I told him frozen water...isn't that a great, smart answer from a mom who used to be in the weather field?










Tuesday, February 26, 2008

Learning to Read

Kate has been learning to read for the past couple months. She wants to write things all day long. She writes her own books and is constantly asking things like, "What does P-O-R-T-F-O-L-I-O spell?" She does NOT want to be stopped in the middle of the word, either. Even if you know where she's going with it.

Then she asks, "How do you spell 'there was once a hippopotamus who was playing in the bathtub and ate lollipops'?" It's very tedious, but wonderful; all at the same time.






Yes, Another Post with Henry and a Gun...

I've been practicing with a new flash bracket and Henry's contribution to the practice was to "allow" me to take pictures of him with a gun...surprise, surprise...



...and then one of his gun upside down. If that's not a superhero thing, I don't know what is...




Here's the flash bracket. Are you scared yet?

Saturday, February 23, 2008

Farming

My friend Michelle told me about this farm...actually, she told me about the train trestle bridge yesterday, too. It's great to have local connections! I was hoping for more frost this morning, but it was not to be.









Friday, February 22, 2008

Frost

This is my 100th post on this blog! Are you sick of me yet?

I tried to capture the frost this morning, but missed most of it; I'm certain I'll get another chance, though! What a beautiful day! It is supposed to be between 35-40 degrees tomorrow! We are so excited for the heat wave!











I'm on TV!!!!

Okay, so I've gotten my 5 seconds of fame...not really...but I did get featured yesterday on the local news as a new "little guy" in town.

http://www.kmot.com/News_video.asp?news=16034 this is the video section; I'm the third one featured, so you have to listen to two other people get their 5 seconds of fame first. :)

Here's the written portion: http://www.kmot.com/News_Stories.asp?news=16034

Monday, February 18, 2008

Ice Fishing...a "sport" NOT for wimps...

Phil loves ice fishing. I decided to give it a try to see if there is something to it. Not so much. We took two cars, which was a very wise decision. Henry, Kate and I headed for home after hanging out for a long 30 minutes. I admit, I went because I thought I might be able to see something beautiful outside that I could photograph. Again...not so much. Thus the pictures of Phil augering his holes...and another hole...and another...














The ice is about 3 feet deep, thus the cars on the ice

The infamous ice hut. Phil made a hinged, carpeted wood floor; he has a heater and chairs in there. That doesn't mean it's comfortable. Phil would disagree.


Here's Henry in the ice hut. After Henry figured out that fishing isn't all about putting his Spiderman fishing pole into the water and taking it out and putting it in and taking it out, he got pretty bored. He also wondered at the lack of good eats. Raw fish aren't very appetizing.






Addy, on the other hand, loves ice fishing. This is her second time out and she is fully happy to sit there for hours, just as long as the fish never touch her.



this is a semi-painful look


full-on pain. It was -13 and the wind was blowing...go figure...





Do you wonder at the lack of a "fish on the end of the pole shot?" Well...I didn't stay long enough for a shot like that. They're still out there. We're hoping for some good eats tonight.

Monday, February 11, 2008

When Given Lemons...

....make lemonade! This weekend was really, really cold. I think the highest temp we saw was -9 and the winds were howling, meaning...it hurt to go outside. Today was a bearable 3 degrees (yes, I do mean Fahrenheit) and I went outside to get some oxygen to replensh the diminishing amount in my brain cells. Surprisingly, one of my favorite things to do is shovel snow...as long as it's not windy. Anyway...Kate and Henry joined me and I had fun snapping some pix of them outside, for a change. If you had told me a year ago that my kids would be building snow castles and scootering in the snow...would I have believed you?