Sunday we had the first snowfall. It fell fast and it fell hard. I’d say we had about four inches of snow when it was all over. It wasn’t a good packing snow, but that didn’t stop Lydia and the kids from making a snowman. After the snow stopped, the freezing rain and sleet started. We had a huge sheet of ice on top of everything…the cars, the fallen snow, the sidewalks. Hayden had a two hour delay on Monday because of the ice. And with the additional snow we had today (Tuesday) he had off all day.

Jacob loved to shovel, and would get mad when I would clear off a part of the walkway without his help. Harper was a little unsure of everything, and being so close to the ground, with a million layers on, it was hard for her to navigate. After a while, she enjoyed it. And then shortly after that point, she was ready to go inside.

I do love our house. But this snowfall made me realize two things: (1) a corner lot is awesome…until you have to shovel the whole sidewalk all the way around and (2) only our side of the street has a sidewalk! Those across the street don’t have to shovel anything but their driveways and walkways. Slackers.

Here are pictures from Sunday’s snow. And I have no idea where the song came from, but it was in my iTunes. Maybe I shouldn’t have admitted that.

Monday we had an ice storm, which was beautiful, but melted rather quickly. The cars were covered in ice…well, not my car. She sits safely in the garage! We heard via Facebook that blowing bubbles in 32 degree weather or colder would cause the bubbles to freeze and shatter when popped. Well, Lydia and Jacob went out to test it, and all they got were bubbles. My weather app said it was 32 degrees, so maybe it was a little too warm at our house. In any event, I’m sure the neighbors thought we were crazy: outside just blowing bubbles like it was the summer.

Tuesday we got a second round that hit right at the morning rush hour, thus Hayden’s day off. The snow was heavy and wet, which made for a little bigger snowman. Jacob was a pro with the snow, and even Harper was more comfortable. We purchased a snowblower Monday, so this clearing went a little faster. And as a “pay it forward,” Jacob and I shoveled our neighbor’s walkway and Hayden used the snowblower to clear the driveway. These neighbors just had a baby and also have twin 15 month olds. The dad left early for work, so we thought we’d help out. In the winter storm of 2010, when I was about 8 months pregnant and Hayden was in Afghanistan, I had to be dug out by a friend of Hayden’s. I was worried I would go into labor and the EMTs wouldn’t be able to access my front door (we had about 16 inches that snow storm). So, I know what it’s like to be in the house and have the snow pile up. It teaches Jacob a good lesson about helping others, gave me a chance to introduce myself to this neighbor, and brought a smile to her face. Mission accomplished.

First, a message from our guest blogger, Jacob:

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We had as many of our friends and family as we could invite in our house on Saturday, 30 October. At one point, our kitchen was so full of people, I couldn’t imagine one more person able to fit!

Although I felt like I didn’t get a chance to talk enough with everyone, it was nice to have most of the people we care about in one place. I’ve lived in NOVA for 17 years…it will be strange to pack up and move away for so long.

I started to take pictures, but got distracted with photos of Ana and Jacob…then Jacob got fussy. Unfortunately, I didn’t pick up the camera again after that. I wish I could have snapped photos all night!

Here are the last few photos from Jacob’s first month.  Still not sure why I can’t embed the slideshow, so click “view all images” below.

The long weekend was fun, spending time with my dad watching football and resting. Adam even came over on Sunday to watch the Cowboys vs Viking game and we ate a lot of BBQ (dad buys like Mamaw used to cook).

The only other highlight of the weekend was the progress the guys made on the deck. Here’s what it looks like today, day 3. You’ll notice they are finally digging holes for the posts. Now, I know nothing about deck building, but I’m thinking the 2x4s that were just sitting on the grass should be replaced with something that actually goes into the ground.

A view from underneath

Working on the landing for the stairs

HOLES! Now, but the posts in that hole!

Today, the guys from Decks with Style (DWS…not to be confused with the shoe store, DSW) came out to start the deck. Greg called me on Friday at work to ask if they could start today because another job was on hold. I asked him what time he wanted to start, and when he said around 8:00, I just moaned. I think he knew what that meant because the next words out of his mouth were, “Okay, how about 9:30?” Thank you, deck man. Momma wants to sleep in!

What I’ve learned today is that if you are cat and walking anywhere near our house, Bailey will bark his fool head off. As a cat, you can can be 50 yards down the road, walking away from the house, and still get barked at. But, a group of strange men, in our backyard? Not a peep from the Bugga. At some points they were even on ladders and eye level with him on the second floor. His reaction? He slept. I guess from his perspective, I should be more worried about getting my eyes scratched out by a cat than I need to be of strange men breaking into the house.

Day 1