Monday, December 23, 2013

Ice, Ice Baby

Did everyone have a good pre-Christmas weekend? Ours was surprisingly low-key considering it was only 3 days before Christmas. Hey, I'll take it!

To welcome the first day of winter on Saturday, we had an ice storm on Friday night/Saturday morning. Chris was in Denver for work - scheduled to fly home Friday night - and his flight was canceled! We all miss him so much when he's gone, but Brianna especially has a hard time when Daddy doesn't come home in the evenings. When I told her his flight was canceled, there were quite a few tears. She really wanted to talk to Daddy, so we called him up and she cried on the phone to him. About an hour later, he called me to let me know that he had rented a car and was driving home! I was kind of freaking out about this since he would have to drive until about 4am AND we were having an ICE STORM. I called him every 30 minutes throughout his entire trip (and kept trying in vain to convince him to stop for the night somewhere), so needless to say it was a LONG night for both of us. However, he did make it home safe and sound!

The ice has caused a bit of damage, but it's also very beautiful. We have a little pine tree in our backyard that looks like this:
Sad little guy :-(. We're hoping the ice melts and he perks back up before he breaks.

These are the branches of another tree in our backyard . . . you can see just how thick the ice is!

This is a bush in our front yard:

In honor of the winter weather, I decided to do a fun craft with the kiddos on Saturday. We cut snowflakes out of coffee filters and painted them with water colors.

My partners in crime are always eager to do a project :-).

First, we flattened the coffee filters and folded them several times.

Then, we cute shapes out of the folded filter. Brianna is a good cutter, but this was a little too difficult for her. For one, a coffee filter isn't very easy to cut. Combine that with the fact that it was folded multiple times and she just couldn't quite do it. So, I ended up doing all the cutting while she told me what shapes to cut.

The kids got to do the fun part of unfolding the filters to see our snowflakes.

So excited to see what we had made!

We had never cut snowflakes before, so neither of them really knew what to expect.

They were impressed :-).

After cutting all the snowflakes (we did 6), I let them paint the snowflakes with water colors.

The fun thing about using coffee filters was that they allowed the water colors to really bleed. The effect looked almost like tie-dye!

We laid them on paper towels to dry overnight, then added some ribbon and hung them up. Aren't they pretty?

I painted this one :-).

This is one that Brenson started, but lost interest in fairly quickly. Brianna finished it for him.

Brianna and I painted this one together. We love how they turned out!

On Sunday morning, we got a light dusting of snow on top of the ice. It was so beautiful, and thankfully the roads were still mostly safe. We're not really accustomed to this much winter weather, so it's kind of a big deal.

This is a photo I snapped on our way to church . . . truly breathtaking!

We have a busy week planned, so I'm so glad that we were able to have a relaxing weekend! Happy Monday!

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