Sunday, February 7, 2010

Stuck in Snowmageddon!








A week ago the forecasters began predicting a storm that would arrive by the weekend. Every day the accumulation amounts grew and panic struck northern Virginia. They said that it would be the biggest snowstorm in DC's history, the last was in 1922 when the totals were 28 inches. I went to the grocery store on Thursday and they were already out of many items, including bread. Jeremy went to Costco and said that he could not even park in their parking lot and the lines were all the way to the back of the store. School was cancelled on Friday even before a single snowflake fell. Around 9 am we began to see flurries and the snow continued until around 5 pm on Saturday. Jeremy shoveled throughout the day on Friday, doing little by little, trying to keep up with the storm. On Saturday it was like he hadn't shoveled at all. Again, we took turns with the shovel, and as soon as we would finish it would be time to start over again. The snow was heavy and sticky, it stuck to our shovel so that only half of every load fell off when we dumped it. We even tried spraying it with Pam! When the snow finally stopped we heaved a sigh of relief and surveyed the aftermath. The total on our yardstick was 24 1/2 inches. We counted ourselves lucky that we did not lose power like many of our neighbors did and we had internet and TV access, which was handy for keeping the kids occupied.

Today church was cancelled, no surprise. We took the kids out while we tried to clean off the cars and while outside a snowplow finally came to clear our road. Gavin with his truck love waved madly until the guy stopped to talk to him. Because of our gregarious little guy, the snowplow man cleared most of the snow in front of our house for us! He even offered to let Gavin drive! The roads are still icy and thick with snow so we don't plan on going anywhere any time soon. They are saying we could get 8 more inches on Tuesday! We'll see if they even have school at all this week. Cameron will be going to school until August with all of these snow days!

We were some of the few actually looking forward to this storm, most are sick of all of the snow we've gotten this winter, but I love it! We have tried to make the most of this experience with the kids, realizing that this may be the biggest snowstorm of their lives (and ours). One day they will look back and say, "remember when the snow came up to our waists and we were stuck inside for days?" We're trying to make some fun memories and feel fortunate to have each other to be stuck with. Snowpocalypse 2010, baby!

5 comments:

Lisa Allen said...

Amazing!!

Lisa

jamie said...

I must admit...I am a little jealous. We haven't had a really decent storm all winter here in Utah. I just want one big dumping! Hope you keep having fun!

Kristine said...

Just unreal...snow is barley cover the grass here....

Jones Family said...

Sounds like fun! My kids love playing in the snow (even though we get a little more if it than you), and Gordon even turns the slide in our backyard into a sledding ramp! The boys will have great memories :)

Crystal, Russell and Our Boys said...

In answer to your question;yes, seven inches is alot for NWArkansas though not record breaking by any means. 25in on the other hand is a blizzard and a half anywhere you are much less the mid-atlantic. How fun! Did you make snow caves?