And if you want to embrace the winter, there is no shortage of ways to do it. We have downhill skiing and cross-country skiing, we have ice hockey and ice skating, we have snowmobiling and sledding, we have snowshoeing, we have broomball (another post for another day), we have snowman building kits.
And we have Winter Carnival.
I admit, I haven't quite understood all of the hype behind Carnival in the weeks and days leading up to it, but I get it now. Carnival is basically a snow sculpture contest. There is a theme, and several different categories. One of the categories is the all-night contest, where groups make a sculpture from start to finish in one night (that took place last night, not far from my house, and the music was loud). The other categories allow the sculptures to be worked on for several weeks before Carnival, so they are more elaborate. They are then judged, and I honestly have no idea what the winners get besides the glory of winning, but I'm sure they get something cool.
Anyway, today I took the girls to campus to look at all the sculptures. We didn't get to see all of them, especially not some of the more elaborate ones (we have seen a lot of the fraternity houses' entries from the car), but the ones we saw up close and personal were pretty darn amazing.
I definitely get the hype behind Winter Carnival now.
And, I also took lots of pictures. And I do mean lots of pictures. Sorry. I'm just making up for the extreme lack of pictures on my blog lately.
This year's theme was Games.
Some people took that to mean board games.
We had Candyland.
We had Monopoly.
We had Yahtzee and Chess and Jenga.
We had Hungry Hippos (this is just one of about five sculptures using this game, it was a popular one!).
We had The Game of Life.
We had a Barrel of Monkeys.
And we had Battleship.
And a bunch more that I didn't take pictures of. Most of them were done really well. I only saw a couple really pathetic attempts.
We had a couple that I'm not sure what they were, but they were cool anyway.
This snowman fortress kind of reminds me of Calvin and Hobbes, but I'm not sure what game it's depicting.
And I thought the dumptruck was great, but it's not really a game necessarily. Unless I'm missing something.
Then we had a few video games (these were both incredibly huge and elaborate sculptures done in front of fraternity houses):
And Super Mario Brothers (this is this year's grand prize winner, and you can see why!).
There were also Zelda and PacMan, but I either didn't get out of the car for them or I didn't bother with pictures.
I still need to walk down and get pictures of the Jumanji game that is in front of a frat house. I really liked that one, but have only seen it from the car. I think it is my favorite of all, even though it's not necessarily the most detailed.
The kids had a lot of fun. We met up with some other friends from our branch and walked around campus with them.
They found remnants of sculpture materials, like these snow tubes and ice blocks. It took a bit of convincing that they wouldn't last in the car or in the house for them to finally leave them outside in the snow where they belong.
Sophia insisted on carrying this hunk of snow around most of the afternoon. She said it was her baby.
They enjoyed listening to music from this snowpile.
Even the music was somehow put into a sculpture. The round things in that mound are the speakers. I had wished I had a video camera right then, because all the kids were walking right in time to the music, almost in slow-motion. It was just like a scene out of a movie.
A very wintery movie.
Have a happy weekend!