Friday, January 11, 2008

Cold of snow...Proverbs 25:15

Since we didn't go on our trip this week, I didn't have all that free time to work on the dress for Liesl. We did get some stuff from Freecycle, though! It isn't as great as stuff like Shannon gets, but I thought it was pretty cool. On Monday morning a lady listed 3 Knifty Knitters. I had seen them in the store and I thought the kids might enjoy them, so I asked if I could pick them up. It turned out to be 3 complete kits plus extras, so we now have over a dozen of these things in various sizes. I picked up one that looked to be about the right size for a hat for Sacagawea and carefully followed the directions. When I was done and took it off the loom I was disappointed to see it was way too small for Sacagawea. It wasn't a total loss though since it fits Liesl perfectly!

Maybe next week she will have a scarf to match! Head over to
Shereen's Sew Crafty Friday for more projects.

The kids had a good time this week sledding down our back hill and building an igloo in the front yard with The Man.

The Man and M were inside putting the roof on the igloo while the other kids were shovelling in the snow.

Smoothing the snow...
Almost done...
Ack! Sacagawea is not wearing her hood! She has several, so she really didn't need the one that Liesl ended up getting, but having hats and actually wearing them are two different things! Her hair was soaked from the snow by the time she came inside for a nice, warm bath.

I did notice we had one casuality in our yard from the snow...
One broken branch.

The next day, Wednesday, The Man and J went up to the big city so The Man could look for a new suit. We looked for one on Monday when we went south, but he didn't find anything that... um...suited him. He was planning on stopping by and picking up the rest of the family to go to the mid-week service at church at 6:30 that night, but when I spoke to him on his cell at 6:20, I told him not to stop and get us since I knew he was going to be a few minutes late as it was. I didn't want him to spend the extra 10 or so minutes to travel our driveway. "I'll just take the van," I told him.

The kids all piled in the van while I looked for the snow shovel. I finally decided The Man must have taken it with him. I used a smaller shovel to clear the snow from around the tires. As I was backing the van up, I hesitated. That was it. I was stuck. M thought I should try putting on chains, but I explained that by the time I got them on, the meeting would be over. We all went back inside.


The next day I decided that it would be a good idea to go ahead and chain up the van so I could get out if I needed to.

Ta-da!

A close up...
And the other side also...
The Man came out and helped a little bit. He said it was so I could teach him how to put on chains, but I think he just wanted to help! After we got the chains on I drove the van all the way out to the road and back. Then I parked it where it would be easier to drive out if I need to. We'll be driving The Man's 4x4 until the driveway becomes more passable, but now we won't be stranded if The Man is gone.

The Dog's tracks, The Man's truck, and the van with chains...
Stay warm!

4 comments:

Cecelia said...

Looks like you guys are having fun this winter. Lots of snow. We don't have any. We had a January thaw. Bob says it's like a California winter. At least where we lived before moving to New York. I love the igloo. Good luck with the new knitting machine.

Rachael said...

Wow, V, you're crafty AND handy. Like a mommy McGyver (sp?) or something.

LOVE the igloo. Kids would be jealous. Our snow has all melted away.

Ginny said...

My daughter has one of those knitting rings in different sizes and made a bunch of caps for Christmas. She had the same problem with sizing. Love your doll hat. Looks like your kids had great fun in the snow. I remember those days, but here in the south my kids have to wait years before they can have such fun. Thanks for sharing.

Natalie said...

wow, look at all that snow. What a cool igloo!