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Saturday, January 9, 2010

Winter Vacation Completion

***Disclaimer:  Again, if this gets too long, then skip to the pictures.  You’ll get the same story either way.***
Well, Friday morning, we woke up to some snow.  We were a bit concerned because Jenny had to head home, and we weren’t sure how safe it would be.  After a little waiting, we finally agreed she’d probably be okay to head on home.  So, home she went.  After she left, we sat around and played some games.  Then, some of us took naps.  While some were napping, others decided to play in the snow.  They had a blast and didn’t care at all that it was below freezing outside.  Once naptime was over, we thought it would be fun to take the kiddos sledding on the fresh snow.  So, we headed back to the sledding hill.  But – you remember that hill we got stuck on the first day?!!?  Well, go figure…we got stuck AGAIN!  However, this time we ended up spinning around 180 degrees and turning back towards the cabin.  We took that as a sign that it was not a good idea to attempt to get into town.  So, back to the cabin we went.  The kiddos still wanted to play in the snow, so we let them.  Besides, we were all decked out in our snow gear anyway.  However, we also made a call to the city to get the sand truck out to the road.  It continued to snow off and on Friday, and we debated going ahead and leaving.  But – we didn’t.  We’d learn later that we made a mistake and should have left while the weather was better.  Oh well, hindsight is always 20/20.  That evening we just packed up everything and played some more games.

The snow-covered cars on Friday morning.IMG_4970 Snow-covered trees and rock on Friday.IMG_4971 Brian showing Caleb how to make a snowball.IMG_4976 Caleb throwing the snowball.IMG_4977 Caleb trying to make a snowball…he didn’t have much luck.  Heck, I couldn’t do it either.IMG_4978 Oh, he’s just so mad and cold!IMG_4982 Now, he’s just throwing the snow…who cares if it’s a ball?!!?IMG_4987 There were a ton of domino games played.IMG_4991This was a gray cloud that rolled in on Friday afternoon…thought it was neat.  We couldn’t see the slopes or anything hardly.IMG_4994Micah checking out the deck along with Mr. Pig.IMG_4999 Micah and Mommy getting ready to play in the snow.IMG_5000 Look at that smile!  He did not want to come in from the snow.  He was having fun just walking up and down the road.IMG_5003 One of Caleb’s snow angels.IMG_5005Caleb making another snow angel.IMG_5007 Caleb climbing up on a hill.IMG_5009Oh well, sliding down is one way to get down.IMG_5010 Micah and Caleb inside a little cave looking area on the side of the road.  Caleb kept picking off the icicles.IMG_5011Micah trying to climb the hill to the nearby driveway.IMG_5013 The kids playing Scooby-Doo Friday evening.IMG_5016
Well, we got up on Saturday and were all ready to leave.  But – there was way too much snow.  It snowed all night, and it was still snowing.  So, we didn’t know what to do.  Brian made a few phone calls to the head of DOT in the city, and he basically said that unless you have a 4WD (four wheel drive) or snow chains, then you’re not going anywhere.  And – guess what?!!?   We don’t have either.  The neighborhood roads are awful and the snow is way too thick.  The city can’t keep the main roads clear for any length of time either, and what’s left is turning into a sludge of ice and snow.  So, it doesn’t look good.  Brian makes a few more calls weighing the option of towing versus snow chains.  Well, neither option is cheap, but we have to do something.  So, around noon we decided we’d just fork over the money to get snow chains.  Now, keep in mind, if we had been smart, we would have bought some before ever heading out on this vacation, and we could have gotten them for around $60.  Nope…we had to pay nearly 5x that amount.  Oh well, stupid lesson learned darnit!  The guys finally came out and got the snow chains installed, and then Brian had to follow them to an ATM.  Yep…that’s right…they don’t take checks or credit cards…CASH only!  How convenient for them, right!?!?  Brian makes his way to the ATM, and then comes back to pick us all up.  We then make our way into the city.  After being there all week, we wanted to stop at Fred’s General Store.  So, Brian ran in and grabbed a t-shirt for the boys and a few magnets for us (we like to collect magnets and spoons from our vacations).  Then, we continued our way home.  The trip home was uneventful but LONG!  We finally made it home around 10:45pm Saturday, the 2nd. 
The snow-covered cars on Saturday morning.IMG_5018 Snow-covered trees and rock on Saturday.IMG_5019These are the chairs on the back deck…left is Saturday and right is Friday.  That’s how much snow fell, and it was still snowing!
Micah wearing Mommy’s boots.IMG_5026Snow-covered trees on our way into town.IMG_5027Another snow-covered tree.IMG_5031This is a tree outside Fred’s General Store.IMG_5032 
With everything said, it was a GREAT vacation.  We had some great family time, and we thoroughly enjoyed the time with our friends as well.  Now, will we ever venture into a vacation with the possibility of snow again?  Why not?!!?  We have the snow chains now!  LOL!  Seriously, I’m perfectly content not seeing snow for a while.  The kids were able to play in it, and they had a blast.  But me…send me to the beach!


Teresa @ Grammy Girlfriend said...

Loved your trip post.....We are headed to Vail on vacation in two weeks..I have a fun giveaway on my blog...a $100 prize ..comments will be closed on Monday night, but today's entries get extra chances...so stop by and join in the fun.

Juliana said...

How wonderful! What a great blog and vacation!!!

I am a new follower. Pop on by to my blog and follow back if you would like. It is nice to "meet" you!!~ Jewels from A Blonde Walks Into a Blog

I found your blog through Leslie..she is doing my blog make over as well!

bluewhitelife said...

Wow, you certainly have an adventure to tell! I don't remember where you went, but I am sure my Civic would never make it in that snow and ice!

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