Friday, February 22, 2013

Snow Plans

We drove to Western Kansas Monday afternoon to spend a day with Steve's parents before Great Grandma's funeral.  The weather report then said there was a good chance for rain on Wednesday.  By that evening, the reports had changed to a good chance for snow.  By Tuesday, every meterologist in the state was sending out warnings of a massive storm hitting and dumping large amounts of snow.  The weather reports were right...

It started snowing before dawn on Wednesday and didn't stop for a day and a half.  Some relatives stayed home for the funeral and others braved snow packed roads to come.  By the time we drove to the cemetary for the graveside service, the snow was falling in huge clumps and the wind was blowing so hard it was difficult to stand!  The girls and I opted to stay in the car, but I took pictures to document just how nasty it was outside!
We had planned on driving home after the funeral, but decided not to risk it.  (Everyone else did, though.)  We were warm and safe at Steve's parents' and, as it ended up, school had let out early that day at home and was cancelled for the next day.

We woke up Thursday morning to a snow covered world.  Everything was reduced to black and white and it was beautiful.  It didn't matter that we were not at our house, it was a Snow Day!
We, of course, had not packed boots or other snow gear so we had to make do.  Rachel came in after playing with snow packed in her mittens, socks, and underwear!  There was a foot of snow on the ground, with drifts considerably higher.  This was more snow than either of my girls have ever seen!

Steve ventured out to buy the girls a sled.  After everyone's shoes had dried and their jeans had been through the dryer, we headed to a park to go sledding.
We all straggled home tired and wet.  Poor Rachel was more worn out than the rest of us, as she was slogging through snow to her waist! 

This week was not at all as we had imagined it would be.  We had planned to be gone 2 days and ended up away for 4.  We all missed an entire week of school!  We prepared for a funeral and ended up with two Snow Days.  It was just life - grief and joy all mixed together and nothing going according to plan.  But the gift of unexpected time with people we love?  That was priceless...

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