Blizzard 2013

So you may have heard we had a little storm this weekend. Turns out it was one of the top ten snow falls since 1892, number five to be exact. (Why 1892? I have no idea.) Funny thing is I’ve been here for four of the top ten and I’ve only lived here for twelve years.

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We estimate we got about 22 inches. Drifts were much higher, some of them taller than Bella.

Blizzard 2013: before, during, after
Dom put together this before, during, and after the storm picture. Pretty dramatic.

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Sophie in her snow pants getting ready to go out and play.

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Bella, Sophie and Ben all went out to play. I stayed in because I though tramping through the drifts would put a bit too much strain on my not-yet-recovered abdominal muscles.

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She’s probably about two feet above the grass.

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Saturday’s sunset.

The governor declared a state of emergency and we had a road ban until 4 pm on Saturday, no one allowed on the roads except plows and emergency vehicles.

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Lucy on a snow bank.
Lucy on a snow bank with my dad.

Sunday morning Lucy and I went to the later Mass. We stayed home because it was below zero out and Ben’s boots were still wet oh and Dom’s car wouldn’t start and with my dad here we wouldn’t all fit in our van. Altogether with fussy children and short tempers it just seemed easier to split shifts. Ben Lucy and I fell asleep reading books.

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Anthony watches Bella and Ben frolicking in the snow.

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Bella making her first solo snowman.

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Carrot nose and radish eyes.

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Ben is fearless on the snowbanks. Last year it was just too hard. This year he’s found his stride with the snow.

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From across the street.

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She meant to do that.

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She’s laughing not crying.

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“Look at me!

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Our poor trees are weighed down. I hope they recover.

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Bella's snowmen.
Bella built a second snowman for Ben. She said they are Amanda and Oliver.*

*Thanks to reader Scotch Meg for introducing us to Amanda Pig and Her Big Brother Oliver (Penguin Young Readers, L3). We got several Oliver Pig books from the library this week and I am in love. These are seriously up there with Frog and Toad for loveable easy readers. And Arnold Lobel illustrations! The story about snowsuits is one of the best ever. Poor Mama Pig has to sit down and cry when the kids take off their hats, mittens, and boots just as she’s ready to go out the door. And Sophie and Ben go into giggles just thinking about the “bug in your ear” story. The reissues on Amazon don’t look nearly as cute as the originals, though. I think I might look for some used older copies to buy for ourselves.

5 Responses to Blizzard 2013

  1. Helene February 11, 2013 at 10:43 am #

    What a sweetie—and what a beautiful outfit!

  2. Eileen February 11, 2013 at 10:53 am #

    She looks so cute! 

    The first thing I think of with baby rashes is laundry soap.  However, if the rash is just on her face, it could be the soap *you’re* using.  Or perhaps your deodorant, depending upon her position while she nurses.    Anyway, for me it’d be easier for me to switch them than give up dairy.

  3. Melanie Bettinelli February 11, 2013 at 12:15 pm #

    Since I have asthma and highly sensitive skin myself I use dye-free, perfume-free detergents, lotions, etc. No deodorant and no likely culprits there. Giving up dairy would be huge for me. I’d have to totally change my diet and that of the whole family. So much of what I cook contains dairy. I’m trying to think if there are any blankets or outfits she has received that I haven’t washed myself. Maybe a culprit there…. Maybe the wool hat she has been wearing when we go out?

  4. Melanie Bettinelli February 11, 2013 at 12:29 pm #

    I should have mentioned that the outfit is one I got when Bella was born. I no longer have any recollection of who gave it to us, but it is one of my favorites.

  5. Sharon February 12, 2013 at 1:00 am #

    Melanie, that outfit is just lovely.  I love the picture where Lucia’s little face is screwed up.

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