The weather has warmed up a bit here. All of that snow is melting, and I am happy.
Yesterday, I took the dogs out to the dog park. If you’ve ever been to a dog park most places… well, our dog park is not like that. 30 acres of fields and woods. No fences. This picture about sums it up.
Toddlers are fast. Gus especially.
If you’re wondering why he really needs his face wiped off, I’ll tell you one more time: toddlers are fast.
We didn’t make a big deal out of Valentine’s Day. Of course, the kids have a little party at school, which we got Valentine’s Day cards for. They wrote the names on all of their cards themselves, which was good, but did require a bit of hand holding.
I made this for Aaron for Valentine’s Day. I was inspired by some similar items I saw on Etsy like this and this, but it was a very last minute decision to make it, and I didn’t want to spend much money. I actually think it was good it was so last minute, because I ended up being able to figure it out with stuff we already had. Don’t study the map in too much detail, but I’m pretty happy with how it turned out.
We got a tiny bit more snow today. Less than an inch this time.
Confession: I was actually excited when Aaron told me it was snowing. Because, I wanted to try snowflake photography.
I’ve been feeling really inspired by all of the snowflake photos I’ve seen and bought a set of inexpensive extension tubes.
My thoughts on extension tubes: Fun but CHALLENGING. I almost always use auto-focus, the main exception being star photography, where I need to manually focus to infinity, since it is far too dark to get the camera to focus. But, with cheap extension tubes, you must focus manually and the depth of field (space in focus) is incredibly shallow. And, snow is cold, blows away and melts if you aren’t careful. However, like star photography, I find that it gives me a different perspective on the world that I wouldn’t have if I didn’t pick up my camera. While I still prefer summer, there is much unappreciated beauty in tiny snowflakes.
Today was the second snow day. It finished snowing sometime overnight and apparently, we got 14.5″.
It was sunny, but bitter cold. Aaron still managed to shovel our driveway. And, I took Gus outside for a few minutes of snow exploration.
Gus really didn’t last long. It was fun, fun, fun, then “I want to go inside.” “Okay, just a minute, alright?” “NOW!!!!!!!”
…winter won’t last forever, right?
We are getting slammed with snow. It’s up to our doggie door, 12.9″, and still coming down.
Reed and Lena aren’t too thrilled to be missing two days of school in a row. I think everyone is a bit bored at home, after weeks of cold.
Someone noticed that Reed’s very chapped lips are gone. Yup. There was no magic cream and I didn’t somehow get him to stop licking his lips. I had an epiphany. A few years ago, he had a mild rash on the outer corners of his mouth. It popped up occasionally and I casually mentioned it to their doctor. It could be citrus related, he told me, but it wasn’t anything to be concerned about. When I remembered this, we asked him to try giving up clementines, which had been a staple of his diet, and it was nearly gone over night. Poor kid, I think he might rather have the rash and his clementines than go without, but he hasn’t complained.