Monday, January 25, 2016

Snowzilla/Smowmageddon/Snowpocalypse 2016...the aftermath

Dear Diary,

It is the day after the largest blizzard in the history of all that is.  The snowplows haven't made it here yet, cannibalism is looking like my only chance for survival.  Heaven knows I'll need the calories to shovel the driveway all the way to the road.

All kidding aside, it was quite the snowfall.  It is hard to tell from the photos, but the one above is my car completely buried.  The little thingy sticking out is my passenger side mirror.

Above is the damage from the back deck.  The nearest thing is a chair, almost completely buried.  Below is my car, finally all shoveled out after about 6 hours of work.

First, Ian and I shoveled the driveway, I figure it is about 60 feet long.  We shoveled about an 8 foot path at a depth of 2-2.5 feet in the first 4 hours.  We moved more than 1000 cubic feet of snow - not including the turn-around space, the walkways, and the areas around the cars.  Leah and Nancy cleared the cars (more Nancy than Leah) while Ian and I cleared the driveway.  It was a naproxen kind of night...

Above is the driveway all the way to the unplowed road.  They actually came through some time this morning, but only cleared a one-lane path, leaving me a good 8 feet to shovel to actually have a clear path to the road.

Ian and I made a couple of very large snow piles (four, to be exact) which made perfect snow-cave material.  Above is Leah, I had her move from the back of the snow cave to the front so that I could actually see her.

And then a shot of both kids sitting on the shelf (suitable for sleeping, not that it will be used for that).

And then a selfie with all of us in the shot.

Have a great day everybody - stay warm and dry!


Saturday, January 23, 2016

Snow Day!

Since we are snowed in, I decided to take some photos of everyone.  What a treat for Nancy's visit - the largest snowfall in the complete history of the universe (if you believe the weather people)!

Everyone got to sit in the chair, which I turned around for a bit of framing.

It started snowing yesterday about 1 in the afternoon, and hasn't let up since.

I'll probably break out the snowshoes and go for a walk after lunch.

We have over a foot of snow already, which is amazing.  Stay warm and dry everybody!


Sunday, January 10, 2016

More playing around

Last night after I posted the birthday cake photo, I thought I'd take some photos of the kids, and thankfully they (eventually) played along.

I had Ian go for the insolent/smug look.

Leah helped out (she held the reflector) with Ian's photo shoot, so she decided she'd sit for a photo after all.

Have a wonderful day!


Saturday, January 9, 2016

I told you so...

In yesterday's post, I wrote that no photoshoot with Leah is complete without come hearts.  Well, today she and Catherine made her birthday cake (purple velvet with pink cream-cheese icing).  Leah decorated her own cake, and here is what she produced:

She said she was only going to have a heart, then decided to add in the "I" and "U" when she still had icing left over.  That girl!

PS.  The cake was delicious.



Thursday, January 7, 2016

Happy Birthday Leah!

Who's the cutest 10-year old girl in the whole wide world?

Two thumbs point to this girl...

No photo shoot with Leah is complete without some hearts.

Catherine and I are blessed with a couple of keepers!



Wednesday, January 6, 2016

New light!

I saved up my Christmas and birthday money, plus a little extra, to get a new photographic/studio light.  It finally arrived today, so I unpacked it and have it all set up (it was really very easy)!

As the kids walked by I made them step in front so I could get their photo.

Catherine wasn't immune from the paparazzi-effect, either.

I am going to have fun playing with this light!