Sunday, February 20, 2011

Oh Yeah...It's Winter Isn't It?

Daddy and Sophia
Not to jerk you out of the tropical paradise that exists in the Caribbean, but since I had to be jerked out of it in real life, you're just going to have to deal with it virtually. (I flatter myself that you all would even feel jerked out of paradise just 'cause I've posted it a couple times...)

So, last week was Winter Carnival here in our very own winter wonderland.  You might remember my post from last year (there I go flattering myself again), but if you don't you can see it here.  Winter Carnival is a month long snow statue competition between campus groups and during the week of Carnival there is also an overnight statue competition.  Naturally, the month-long statues are much more impressive than the overnighters, but when you realize how little time the overnighters had, you will be impressed with theirs, too.

So, I took a lot of pictures this year.  And I didn't even get to all the really good statues, due to a very unfortunate experience involving one of my children suddenly getting sick while we were looking at them.  Sick, as in, we really did need to go home and change her clothes at the very least.  Immediately.  Poor thing.

Anyway, I took so many pictures, that I don't think I should put them all in one post.  So, I figure I'll divide it all up somehow and have several posts.  Thus boring all of you.  But, oh well.  I am a boring person in the wintertime, if you'll remember.

So, up this week on Overstuffed:  Winter Carnival 2011.  Check in every day to see your favorite books (oh yes, that was the theme--"Thousands of Pages Unfold in the Bitter Cold") come alive in the form of  snow statues.

For now, I'll start with the overnight statues, and some of the smaller month-long projects.  Then you can just look forward to the really good stuff as the week goes on...

First of all, that thing about the bitter cold?  They weren't kidding.  The week of Carnival our high temperatures were in the single digits and it was routinely below zero.  I felt rather sorry for all the crazy students out in the arctic weather carving sculptures out of snow and ice.  I also refused to let my children go see the statues until the last day of Carnival when it was like 20 degrees.  A veritable heat wave, I tell you!

So, we met up with some's Jane and Lucy now, and walked around campus looking at the fare.

Lucy and Jane
We saw Captain Nemo and the mighty Sea Monster from Jules Verne's classic 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea.

20,000 Leagues Under the Sea
We saw The Hobbit.

The Hobbit
We saw Moby Dick.

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We saw The Three Little Pigs.

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This one's for you, DeNae.  It's The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy.  But I'm sure you already knew that!

Hitchiker's Guide
We had The Bible.

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We had How the Grinch Stole Christmas.
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And finally...this giant toilet was my girls' favorite.  I thought only boys were into the potty humor?

Everybody Poops
Oh, are you wondering what book that toilet is from?  Obviously, it's Everyone Poops by Taro Gomi, complete with TP and the catchphrase "Everyone Poops in Da Yoop"  (Don't know what the Yoop is?  Well, it's where I live.  The Upper Peninsula of Michigan=the U.P.=the You Pee=the Yoop.  And also, I am now called a "Yooper." And now you know.)

Everybody Poops
Stay tuned for more winter fun!
Lara Neves
Lara Neves

Lara is mom to three daughters—two teens and a tween. She loves to share her parenting and homemaking triumphs and failures here at Overstuffed! She was diagnosed with Lyme disease in 2015 and has been fighting it ever since. When she isn't working on her mother of the year award, you can find her reading, singing, or taking photos.


  1. Wowsers! Look at me - I am the first comment! I missed most of the statues before the warm weather hit - so they did not keep very well. So I will look forward to the rest of the pictures. Just one last thought - you are most definitely not a boring person - no matter the season. :)

  2. Too funny! They are Prestons!

  3. Gorgeous pictures. I can't even imagine sculpting that stuff out of ice...

  4. Wowzers! I showed my hubby your photos - so cool. All I've ever seen is a snowman and a fort. Perhaps I will have to travel to your neck of the woods someday. What a sight!

  5. The Three Little Pigs one is a.w.e.s.o.m.e. Also, who can beat a giant whale jumping out of the ground? I love the comparison that Sophia in the picture? So good.

  6. What a fun carnival, and what impressive talent. Seriously, I have a hard enough time making a snowman! I am so impressed, but do not envy you the temperatures there. Shudder!

  7. This is so amazing! Thanks for sharing :) My kids are getting some wild ideas to try in our backyard... love the Hitchhiker's Guide... :)

  8. Those ALMOST could make me like winter!!! And I totally remember you posting about them last year. I look forward to seeing more. And I hope that baboon poop is ot of your head, you absolutely deserve good luck from here on out!

  9. Looks like lots of fun (minus the sick part).

  10. This is by far the thing I envy the most! I seriously want to come and go sometime!! But I don't know if I can brave the snow.

  11. Everybody Poops, we have that book (and love it).

    Some great shots here, even if all that ice and snow mean that it must be near Freezing where you're at. Yikes.

  12. Those are incredible!
    Of course, my favorite picture is of my sweet Brother. I miss you guys so much.

  13. I noticed you were reading Hotel on the Corner of Bitter and Sweet. What do you think of it? I absolutely loved it. I listened to it, and thought it was marvelous.

  14. All of these snow sculptures are spectacular!