But the fire truly is delightful...there is nothing like a good winter storm to make you appreciate a warm and toasty fire!! I love our woodstove!!
An old friend of Dan's was home visiting family, so we braved the highway early on Friday and planned to spend the night at my MIL's house as she lives very close to where his friend's parents live. We timed it perfectly, missed all the traffic, and pulled into the driveway just as the storm started. It turned into a nice afternoon/evening, quietly enjoying each others company, some good food, good beer, and watching the snow pile higher and higher on the deck. When we measured this morning it was somewhere around 8-10", and still coming down. I am glad we went there. We are not sure if we are going to see our friends again while they are here this trip, they leave Christmas eve and have a lot of family to see.
Tommy and I had a good time playing in the snow today - of course he has grown out of his snow pants and I had to go buy him snow boots (would have bought pants too, but apparently Target and Walmart don't see it necessary to carry snow pants for little boys in the winter in New England...). I would also love to go on and on about how hard it is to find boots for little boys (I'm telling you if he was a girl we would have racks to choose from), but I am trying to stay cheery, and not let the lack of well stocked shelves bother me at the moment. We started out trying to play in the yard...that didn't work...the snow was up to Tommy's waist and tried to eat his boots...add to that the fact that neither Tommy nor I had snow pants on, it just wasn't an option to trudge that deep.
We were able to dig out Dan's old (very old) sled from when he was little, and I took Tommy all around the neighborhood...it was cold and tiring, but so fun and he loved every moment. We actually only managed to avoid a small tantrum when it was time to go in by promising a plate full of chicken nuggets and a yummy cup of milk.
We headed back home right before naptime, since then the day has been fairly and plesantly uneventful. Dan shoveled and cut wood, while his cousin popped by with the plow to lend a hand (its nice to know people with plows!!), the boys and I just stayed inside, slept, played, and stayed warm.
Its weather like this that makes winter in New England wonderful. I love the blanket of white on everything, I love spending these cold days staying warm by snuggling my boys, I only wish we had more days like this, the days woodstoves and hot cocoa were made for)
[I am hoping tomorrow to get some pictures of our street in the snow - it is amazing. We live right off of a little pond, surrounded by trees, the snow has made it look absolutely amazing!! ]