Sledding was a big hit, and if there weren't horses to feed early in the morning and ice to be broken off of water, the girls would have found the snow a lot more enjoyable.
Eli thought eating the snow was a lot of fun.
Chloe looking pathetic
All of these pictures are from the first day of snow, when it looked melty and manageable.
But then it snowed most of the day, and all night. So yesterday, it looked like this. Less melty. The base was closed so Mike was home. He remembered we had chains from the old suburban and decided to try to get them on the van. I didn't really consider that we would be leaving, so I didn't prepare a list of the things yet to be acquired for Christmas.
But, he thought we could make it to town, and not knowing when we would make it again, thought we should go.
This is what we were taking the van through. Do you see where this is going??
As soon as we started down, we knew we weren't coming back up. I began wondering why I didn't wear tights...and a hat...and gloves... We got a little bit of inefficient shopping done (no list) and rushed through a quick meal to try to get back before dark, since we also didn't have a flashlight and Mike would need to put the chains back on.
With the help of a kind neighbor the chains were reapplied and we were on our way. We made it further than I feared we would, and only had to walk the last hill to the house.
It's a little bit sunny today, so maybe Mike will be able to get the van up tonight. Or tomorrow. There is no more snow predicted until Monday, so hopefully we can get the last of our preparations done and get all settled in for Christmas.
We awoke to snow this morning. Lot's of snow. Well, lot's of snow for us anyway. Mike couldn't get to work this morning, and took a nasty spill on his rear trying to get back up to the house. You know, after he abandoned the car at the bottom of the hill.
We had heard this was a possibility, so we took care of all the essentials. We.... Well, let's see. We.... Hmmm. Let's just say we like to learn our lessons the hard way around here :) We didn't buy a snow shovel. We are almost out of water. And the horses will likely be out of hay tonight. We do have hot chocolate though, so we probably won't notice.
About the water. I mean, there is water. It's just that it comes from the well instead of that fancy filter contraption in front of the Savemart. Ewww.
But hay, that's gonna be tricky.
Of course, it's only supposed to snow until Wednesday. And then the temp. should rise to 34 degrees and I'm sure it will all melt quickly away on this lovely southern slope :)
It is hard to believe that Hailey has begun her 13th year. She has grown into quite a young lady, and frequently blesses us with her skill in the kitchen, her helpful hands, her beautiful music, and her ready smile.
Hailey really wanted P.F. Chang for her birthday, so we decided to forgo the standard breakfast and splurge on a yummy dinner. Just doing our part to boost the economy. We had pretty great breakfast anyway though, with eggs, hash browns and apple dumplings.
Daddy took her to the Kern County Museum where they had a great day together, but daddy forgot the camera, and the rest of us met them at the restaurant later on.
The chosen birthday dessert was vanilla pudding, so there were no candles. Just a big bowl to hold while we sang :)
We love you Hailey and we hope you had a great birthday!
And that is how he came to have stitches. For a second time.
Ethan is 7. He's such a big boy, I can hardly believe so much time has passed. It's been nearly 3 1/2 years since his "Gotcha Day". Which means he's been a part of our family just about as long as he was missing.
Ethan loves to be a helper to both his mom and his dad, and whenever I am cooking he is right there asking what he can do. His smile is radiant, he's full of little boy mischief, and we love him lots. We are so glad God brought Ethan into our family.
In honor of Ethan's birthday, the whole family trekked into "the city" for a delicious breakfast at Mimi's. Later on, he and daddy went hiking. They were looking for a trail that daddy had heard much about. They didn't find the trail they were looking for, and ended up on a very narrow one, but had a great time.
They came home to a dinner of the birthday boy's request. Orange chicken, rice, and jello. Then a few presents and the seeking of God's blessing on Ethan's life by daddy.
Hailey made a yummy cake. It seems she's taken over baking duties lately. Yay! Ty thought the cake was excellent, he wanted to be sure to get every last drop. And it took Ethan 6 tries to blow out all the candles. Good thing we aren't superstitious :)
It was a great day, and we are grateful to the Lord for his many blessing. We love you Ethan, Happy Birthday!
It wasn't too crowded. It wasn't too hot. It was a good day.
The grass was Titus' favorite thing
And it wasn't long before Kirstyn was sporting sausages for feet. Having had a child or two myself, I did mention that perhaps flip-flops wouldn't give quite enough support...But we rented a wheelchair and her smile was restored. Zac looks a little tired though.
Ty isn't entirely sure how he feels about the flying balloons.There were donkeys for petting
Elephants getting pedicures
And whales doing tricks
Eli and Ezra were too short to ride most of the roller coasters, which really broke Eli's heart. Getting to go on the "pay cars" when no one else did cheered them up a bit though.
George is made entirely of Jelly Belly's
They make other candy here too, but the Jelly's are the star. I thought I had met the guy that invented Jelly Belly's when I lived in Glendora. Everyone in town said he invented them, and there was even an article in People magazine talking about how he came to invent them, and featuring a picture of him laying in a tub full of beans. But if he really invented them, no one in Vallejo seems to have gotten the memo.