Tuesday, February 19, 2013

Blizzard Day!

Last night we had a snow warning, and the other University (not the one we work for) preemptively canceled all classes for today.  A friend and I were texting back and forth, wondering if we would have a snow day or not today and made a bet of our favorite Easter candy (Cadbury eggs for me and Reese's eggs for her).  I thought we'd have a snow day, and she had no faith.
This is the view from my bedroom window this morning.  Needless to say, I won the bet.  I'm sure looking forward to those Cadbury Eggs!! ;)

So the girls' schools called a snow day around 6:00 am, but the University which we work for, did not.  I was happy that my first lesson was out of town so I would have a little more time to dig out and get ready, but when Joel went out to snowblow for me, he came right back in and said "You're not going anywhere."  I looked out myself and saw a seven foot drift against our front door, waist-deep drifts in our driveway, and zero visibility in all directions.  The plow hadn't even come by yet!  Joel was right, I wasn't leaving the house.

The back deck also had high drifts, and more snow on it than I've ever seen in all of our previous (three) winters here.  Poor Puccini had to go so bad, and I shoveled a little spot for her on the deck, which was fine for number one, but she likes to do number two in a very specific place.  So, she burrowed into the snow and got herself there! Crazy puppy!  I wish I had had a video of that!

I canceled all of my lessons, and, thankfully, the University finally got smart and shut down at noon, so I didn't feel too bad about it in the end.  The county also pulled all the plows off the roads around 2:00 (only one ever came by my house) and most businesses shut completely down.  I've never experienced anything quite like it.

So, what did we do with our blizzard day?

The girls:

Played on electronics.
Did not practice their instruments.
Played dolls.
Played on electronics.
Read for a while.
Did some chores.
Played on electronics.


Studied music scores.
Reluctantly canceled orchestra rehearsal tonight (concert next week--ouch!).
Made fresh guacamole.
Made orange muffins.
Made gluten-free lemon muffins.
Cleared snow.
Made a gourmet dinner of chicken and asparagus, with various dipping sauces (peanut, sweet&sour, cheesy).
Studied more music scores.
Made homemade chocolate pudding.
Cleared snow.


Stayed in my pajamas.
Ate chocolate, plus everything else the Maestro made.
Deep cleaned and rearranged my living room.  (We shall see if that lasts.)(Both the cleaning AND the new arrangement.)
Made my children do chores.
Spent far too much time on Facebook.
Edited photos from our trip to Seattle this past weekend.

Do you want to see some of them?

We went for my brother's wedding.  It was a small courthouse affair with only immediate family present, but it was one of the neatest weddings I've ever attended.  It was wonderful to meet my new sister-in-law and see how happy Dave is.  It was also wonderful to spend time with my other two brothers and my parents.  And, I got to go shopping in a real mall, too!

IMG_5832 wedding web
Joel and I took Sophia with us, while the other two girls stayed in Michigan with friends.  She loved seeing her favorite cousin on my side, who is only a few months older than she is, and she loved meeting her new cousin (Dave's wife's son) too.  The judge let them sit in his seat and even play with the gavel!
IMG_5843 Preston Sibs web
My siblings and me, along with our spouses/significant others.  It's rare that we are all together--Jon lives in Utah, Dave in Seattle, and Nate in Arizona.  Then there's me way over here in Michigan!
IMG_5846 Preston fam web
And with mom and dad, too.  (And the judge in the background there--he gave the most wonderful ceremony!)
IMG_5839 Dave and Ulrike web
My brother and his beautiful bride.

And now, I will go to bed where I will catch up on my shows while the wind blows and the snow continues to come down.  But before I do, let me leave you with this photo of Joel starting to clear the snow on the driveway tonight.  As a reminder, he is not a small person, and yes, that is actually our driveway.
IMG_5909 blizzard web
I fear that we will have at least a delay tomorrow, and while the thought of making up all the lessons stresses me out, if we DO have another snow day, I will try to at least get my taxes done.

Because if I don't do something productive, I'm sure I'll just stay in bed until spring.
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. Those pictures? Unbelievable. I don't think I'd leave my bed until spring!

  2. Wow, that is some incredible snow! I am glad you had a fun snow day. I think with a winter like that I would be going stir crazy! As it is, I am going stir crazy.
    How fun to get together with your family and siblings. I know how it is to have them all across the country. There are 7 of us, and we range from MD to UT. Too far. What a wonderful trip you had. And I am glad that you didn't get dumped on last weekend so you were able to go to the wedding!

  3. Wow! I thought we had a lot of snow in Utah this year...

    That dress that your new SIL is wearing is beautiful!

  4. Your sister in law's coat is KILLER!! I love it!