Friday, January 31, 2014

Ice Day 2014 : The Adventures

Because our whole city shut down for Ice Day 2014 {or Snowmageddon as social media dubbed it}, Craig was able to stay home from work and play with us all day. We took every advantage of that and spent most of the day outside. We tried to ensure that Canon experienced "ice snow", as he called it, in every possible way. 

We tasted "ice pockles" {that's icicles for anyone that is wondering}.

We did have to come inside and warm up a few times since we don't exactly own the warmest winter clothes. What better way to get toasty than a little Madden NFL on the game system?

We played freeze tag, which seemed the most appropriate game for the day.

We visited our neighbor, Ms. Sonia, and played with her dog, River. Ever the conservationist and all-around animal lover, she spent the day pouring hot water into her bird bath to ensure that the birds had plenty to drink. She tried to teach Canon about the importance of this, but he was more interested in "breaking the ice with my hands!".

Fun fact : Did you know that you can take seven pictures of a grown woman, 3 year old boy, and a dog and you will not even capture one photo with all three of them looking at the camera at the same time?

True story.

Craig's experience living in colder weather conditions has taught him to take care of cars so that they would be accessible if we needed to leave the house for an emergency. This meant that we had to defrost the windshields, which took forever since there was a solid sheet of ice all over it. Since we don't have ice scrapers, we scraped with credit cards until I finally got smart and retrieved rubber spatulas from the kitchen. And that's how the south does winter storms.

Canon fell behind on the car-scraping job and I found him drinking hot chocolate from the warmth of the house, while watching us do the dirty work. Typical micro-manager.

We decided that no ice day was complete without a little sledding, so we fashioned one from a rubbermaid lid and rope. High class.

Canon thought it was only fair that he do some of the pulling too, but it didn't exactly work in our favor.

So he tried to pull himself. Yes, you read that right.

We literally sledded until the lid was shredded. What what?!

Of course, I insisted on a family photo to commemorate the once-in-a-blue-moon event. I am sure there were a few eye rolls coming from the peanut gallery my boys, but I am so glad we did it.

I got a ton of video from the day that I am editing too so that I can make a movie of our fun. I know it may seem crazy that we went so nuts over it, but here's the thing. This just doesn't happen here and I don't know when we will experience it again. What's more? Canon has NEVER seen snow or ice so it was an amazing event for him. He literally prayed for snow and couldn't believe that it actually arrived. We had to make it a big deal, because to him it was huge.

The next morning the sun came out and the ice started to melt. Canon may or may not have cried. Ok, he totally did. The good news is that there is still a little ice on the ground a few days later. The bad news is that there isn't enough for him to play in. But hey, at least we had one full day of icy fun.


  1. Wow, you really did make the most of the snow! Looks like so much fun - Canon is one lucky kid!