It’s Icemageddon!

On Thursday night, a storm blew into North Texas that resulted in one heck of an ice storm.  Dallas and Fort Worth were covered by up to 1.5 inches of ice – not snow, ice – on Thursday night, resulting in most schools closing on Friday.
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The kids were stoked to have a snow day, so we made sure to go out and place in the “snow” a bit.

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Since it was actually all ice, we had to hop around a bit to break it up, making it able to be picked up and played with.

IMG_0550 IMG_0539Even Mia got to go out and enjoy the cold weather with us!

IMG_0547The kids had fun breaking the icicles off the fence, collecting frozen leaves, and making ice-angels.

IMG_0649 IMG_0607 IMG_0601 IMG_0592 IMG_0575 IMG_0573 IMG_0531After we were sufficiently frozen, we ran back inside to warm up by the fire, then decided to do some unplanned for smores. And by unplanned for, I mean unprepared for. We used mini marshmallows (meant for Hot Cocoa), and Nature Valley Granola Thins with Chocolate. Hey, man… You work with what you’ve got!

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A few hours later, we headed out for round two, and Brendan promptly knocked a huge icicle down off the back porch, which the kids just HAD to eat.

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The only downside to this gnarly Texas weather was that Patrick, of course, still had to work today.  Which means he had to weather the nasty roads – and inexperienced drivers – for his normally 30 minute drive to work.  Luckily once he got there, he was good to go for 8 hours, but that puts him leaving work after the sun has been set for a while, temperatures have had a chance to drop significantly, and ice has been given time to re-form. Oh goody.

Overall, we’ve thoroughly enjoyed – and put to good use – our Snow Day. Tomorrow morning, it’s Christmas tree time!

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