Tuesday, March 06, 2012

Backyardigans: Winter Edition

Sophia trying to sled down the little bit of hill we have in our backyard in January.
In like a lion is an understatement.

This particular March has come in like a full on stampede.

And snow has taken over my entire life.

You might remember that this past summer, we spiffed up our backyard so that our children would actually go outside and PLAY.  After all, that is what backyards are for, right? (Oh man, just looking at those pictures makes me find the will to keep living until May...)

Well, the girls have continued to use the backyard to play in for winter.  Which is a very good thing.  I'm happy they enjoy playing in the snow.  I myself prefer staying in my warm kitchen, drinking hot chocolate and watching them from the window, but I'm very glad they like the snow.

They've built numerous snowmen, snow forts, and sled runs this winter.   But this past week (the one with THREE snow days) dropped so much snow, it's been a veritable winter wonderland back there lately!

This is what our picnic table looked like in mid-January.
Picnic Table
And this, my friends, is how much snow is on it now.  It's like a marshmallow table! And that's after I had climbed on it and knocked a bunch off in order to take another photo.  Also, notice that Sophia's little sled hill has so much more snow on it that you can't see the stone wall under the fence anymore like you can in the photo up top, taken in January.
January swings
This is what our swingset looked like in mid-January.
Snow Fort
This is what it looked like yesterday.  It is hard to tell, but the swings are mostly buried, and Chloe has made herself a nice little snow fort under the slide, which has been sheltered from the snow.  Looks pretty cozy!
Sophia climbing up to sled down her little hill in January.  Joel helped them build a pretty impressive sled run back there this weekend, but alas, I have no photographic evidence.
A Deck full of Snow
Here are my children standing on the deck the other day.  Joel had to dig some holes for them to stand in, but he was very keen on getting this photo, showing how much freaking snow is on the deck.  If we weren't a tall family, the children might have gotten lost in it.
The Maestro
This picture maybe has nothing to do with all the snow in the backyard, though he is in the backyard, standing in the snow.  I just think he's kind of cute.  And he likes to play with the girls in the snow, which is a very good thing, since you-know-who prefers to stand in that kitchen window just behind him there and watch all the fun.

My Project 366 posts this week have largely been about snow, too.  (And yes! I am keeping up with this project and I'd love it if you ran over to take a little looky-loo.)  Because SNOW HAS TAKEN OVER MY LIFE.

I'm hoping for March to go right on out like a lamb.  The very meekest and gentlest of lambs, please.

And I promise that my next post will have absolutely nothing to do with snow.  Not even one bit.
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. That makes me shiver just by looking at it. Brrrr.

    When I was tiny, we lived in Rexburg, ID, and we have some pictures of my brothers standing on top of a huge snowdrift, with their snow shovels touching the top of the mailbox. That's what your pics remind me of.

  2. I am so, so sorry....
    me casa est su casa.

  3. I finally figured out why we have had such a dry winter. (I am going to guestimate we have had a total of 5 storms. yup, 5.) You lot stole all our snow! :) But at least your girls (and hubby) are living it up and enjoying it. Holy Toledo! That is some intense snow! I don't envy you, though I wish we could have gotten more, and now I wish that no more will fall and it will just warm up!

  4. Yeah. That's a loooooooot of snow. I'm glad your kids are enjoying it and that you don't have to be in it. That's how I like it, too.

  5. My husband would pack up and move us all to the north pole if I gave the OK. Looks like fun at your house! I guess you just have to embrace it, huh?

  6. I am right with you on the winter slump. Just trying to survive until spring. I must say though, the snow is so much more beautiful than the gross brown grass & dirty, slushy roads.

  7. Oh my goodness! I always marvel at the vast variety in our country. We have daffodils and 60 degrees. Mildest winter in decades. Here's hoping spring comes your way soon.

  8. Oh my gosh. Your winter makes my winter look like a pansy. I'm so glad you took the picture on the deck. That's just WILD! And your one little girl under the slide? I almost didn't see her!

  9. Holy cow that snow! I'm sorry....all of the Arizona in my blood sympathizes with you. :)