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.
The kids were stoked to have a snow day, so we made sure to go out and place in the “snow” a bit.
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.
Even Mia got to go out and enjoy the cold weather with us!
The kids had fun breaking the icicles off the fence, collecting frozen leaves, and making ice-angels.
After 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!
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.
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!