Sunday, February 23, 2014

Can Winter Be Over Now? Please?

I am thinking of having a blog category for all of my complaining observations about the snow. I thought that last winter was insane, but apparently there is plenty more insanity to be had. This past week we broke the standing record for most consecutive days below freezing temperatures. And many local people (I am not one of them) are gunning to break the standing record for highest snowfall.

Want to know what that record is? 390 inches. Who wants to break this record? If you are this person you are now in charge of our snow removal. We are currently at 264 inches and WE DON'T HAVE ANYWHERE LEFT TO PUT THE SNOW! (Observation, not complaint.)

Here are more of my current winter observations:

This is the state of the swing set as of Friday, February 21. There is even more snow on it today, thanks to Winter Storm Seneca.


I took this photo through my office window so I didn't have to go outside, so it's not great. But can you see how high the snow is in the corner there? I think the only reason my very small dog has not outright walked over the fence is because she is smart enough to know that she would much rather be in the house and warm.


I went grocery shopping yesterday, and the only available carts to use were full of snow. The storm had let up a bit and I guess everyone else had the same idea. I ended up going into the store and asking someone who was leaving with very few groceries for a cart rather than deal with that nonsense. I guess it might have been nice for my frozen goods, though!


And this is the snow on my deck. We gave up trying to shovel it last month and it is STILL this high. It's never actually been more than an inch or two taller than the railing before, and now it's at least two feet taller than the railing.

The rest of the week has been crazy busy, but that's not much of a surprise since not only did opera rehearsals start, but it was concert week for The Maestro. A couple of days there I worked all day, ran kids around more than usual (high school curriculum night anyone? WHY is Bria going to be in high school next year? HOW did this happen?), stopped home just long enough to shove some food in my face and then ran off to rehearsal for 3 hours. On Thursday, I needed to be about four different people and I am forever grateful to good friends for helping me out so everything could run smoothly and I did not kill myself!

The university actually closed down on Friday afternoon, and you have never seen a more frustrated Maestro. All of my Arizona friends might be happy to hear that he is FINISHED with this weather and we are moving back to Arizona next week. Except, he might need an actual job, first. Also, he has made no commitments regarding weather complaints. But, never fear, the people who live here are a tough lot and many people came to his concert and the concert was wonderful even though he had to cancel dress rehearsal the night before due to the storm.

My Sunday Photo is a little different today. Sophia has been throwing up her guts the last few days, and then we only ended up having Sacrament meeting because the storm is insisting on sticking around and the roads were terrible this morning. So I took photos of each of the girls in our relatively relaxed Sunday afternoon since Sophia was sleeping.

Untitled sweet is this? I love how Puccini just knows when someone is sick and takes it upon herself to take care of that person. She's been snuggling with Sophia all weekend. And hopefully Sophia will be up and about in the next couple days--this bug has hit her hard.


This girl is currently on Pinterest putting together cute outfits. She is also on the radiator. What can I say? It may not look terribly comfortable but it sure is warm! It's one of Puccini's favorite spots, too.


And Chloe is spending her afternoon building with Lego. In the bedroom she single-handedly deep cleaned and organized on our blizzard day on Friday.

Now I think I might go snuggle with my sick girl and catch a little nap myself before I'm off to opera rehearsal again.

Happy Sunday!
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 comment:

  1. Helo Lara,
    I just had to comment on you blog because of the similarities we share. I too am an trained opera singer but mostly a mom. I have 5 girls and 2 boys in that order and a dog (labradoodle) named Puccini. I am also a Mormon. We live in Canada (Cardston, AB) where we also have cold winters. Plus although I have made great strides over the past 2 decades, my children would say I have been known to yell at them:) - I too can be loud! We also have each of our children play an instrument or two - mostly piano and voice now, but have spent many years doing strings. I also struggle to find balance in our crazy, busy creative lives. I came across your blog while browsing Pinterest and saw one of your pins. Good luck with your family and everything you are doing. I enjoyed reading your blog!
    Cidelle Crawford