A Valentine’s Day Blizzard Weekend

By February 16, 2015 8 Comments

What a weekend. Cold temps, much chocolate, giggling cousins (!), a magnificent play, a photography class, and coughing fits, all made Valentine’s extra special.

At this time I’d like to pay my yearly homage to the mailbox. Despite previous blizzards this year, piled up snow, and multiple plow drive-bys…it stands proud and free:mailbox

And now for your weekend report:IMG_3598After months of rehearsal, Cope transformed into feisty Ms. Jean Louise aka Scout Finch for her school’s production of To Kill a Mockingbird. I love it so. When interviewed, Cope said, “One of the main themes of this play is that two children learn the world isn’t what they thought it was…and that is something we all have to face at some point in our lives.”

Scott Allenby, Communications Director wrote: While the performance is powerful, the impact of the journey for this group of young actors is perhaps even more impactful. On-going conversations around race, equality, and civil rights in today’s world have been an important part of the community this year. Proctor’s student organized Martin Luther King, Jr. Celebration set the stage for open, honest conversations about where our society is, and where we need to be, and this play has allowed those conversations to continue in a productive way on campus.

So proud of these kids.

mooOn Friday, the kiddies came home from school with loads of valentine’s. Paige and I had made these valentine cows. She said some of the boys in her class laughed. Hold on to these moments, mamas, cause there’s only so long you can make valentine cows with your wee ones!

This weekend we also did our annual heart attacking of the house. Some of ours were…interesting…as usual:snow  The “not” was written after Cope annoyed her sister. Charming children, aren’t they?brynne paige  tennyEven doggy got heart attacked. momMy kids are extremely observant when it comes to my hair color and I’m just sayin’ that getting it right is not easy! They just think they’re so funny. 🙂paigeOh, melt my heart, darlin’!birthmark Nelson has a small birthmark above his lip. He would not have found this funny a few years ago. Now he rolls his eyes, chases and catches his prey (sisters), and wrestles them to the ground. Win-win.beard coldThe morning of Valentine’s began as early my sister-in-law and I trotted to the little local library for a 4-hour photography class. It was excellent. My head is spinning with words like “F-stop, aperture, ISO, and shutter speed.” Exciting times!boy That night it snowed and snowed and snowed. The temperature dipped into the negatives, -30 with windchill.  After multiple attempts to get up our steep hill, we finally did (whew) and were snowed in for the rest of the weekend! I pretty much stayed in bed trying not to cough while sweet cherubs fetched me food. It was quite blissful and since we had a sweet cousin in the house, there was minimal fighting! Company is good for a family that way, isn’t it?girls These girls couldn’t be kept from the snow for long!girls2 But they didn’t last long either, coming in with red cheeks and begging for hot cocoa.mailbox2And I had such high hopes that this would be the year the mailbox stayed put…

How was your weekend? Warmer than mine???



  • Julia Tomiak says:

    Cheers to Cope! What a wonderful production to be involved with! How did you contain yourself? I really like the “heart attack” idea… I’ll have to remember that for next Valentine’s Day. I spent the weekend making giant heart shaped sugar cookies and delectable Oreo truffles to give to my kids’ friends at church Sunday. And then nasty weather hit and we’ve been forced to stay home with these delicious goodies. Must hit the dreadmill now…

  • Carrie Rubin says:

    Wow, I’m impressed your wooden mailbox is still on solid footing. We got so tired of ours getting knocked over by snow plows in the winter, we finally had a brick one built. That thing is sturdy!

  • maisymak says:

    Brick would be cool. I’ll put it on the professor’s to-do list 🙂

  • Wow! That is a LOT of snow! And those pig valentines are absolutely adorable!!

  • Congratulations to Cope! How amazing that she grasped the theme of the play — as well as learning her lines! Very cute Valentines sentiments!

    And I can’t believe the snow plow still got your mailbox. One might almost suspect it was a point of honor for him.

  • 4amwriter says:

    Hi Amy, I don’t know if you’re aware that you have a pop-up ad from Target that scrolls when I scroll. It’s never appeared before when I have visited your site, and I am hoping it is something you can block – it is a real distraction from your post!

    I hear you on the snow – more to come for us next week. Another foot! I have lost track of how many inches we’ve had so far. Spring, where are you?

  • I get the pop-ups when I visit your site via my iPad and my iPhone. On my iPhone it is an Xfinity ad that comes up.

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