Valentine’s SNOW Day?!

We knew snow was in the forecast, but we didn’t realize just how much we’d get. It was bitterly cold yesterday and we got a bit of freezing rain during the day. About 10:00 at night, though…it started to snow and snowed until the early morning hours. We got between 4-6 inches! For your viewing pleasure: a San Antonio snow day!

Grilling steaks when it was 23 degrees…
I thought this was cold (look at the “feels like” temperature)!
Then we hit -1 as the “feels like” temp…
…and then we hit -6!
This is when it first started coming down.
He hadn’t gone to sleep yet, so he got to see the late-night snow.
He was just a little excited.
It was really coming down!
The back yard at about 11:00 last night.
Last night, Paul had asked Joseph to set out clothes for the morning (this was before it started snowing). Joseph has a pretty funny sense of humor.
We woke up to snow in the trees and on the roof…
…snow in the back yard…
…and snow in the front.
She really, really wanted to go out (she missed the night before because she was asleep and there was no way I was going to wake her up for it…it would have been WWIII trying to get her to go back to bed after that).
Paul was sweeping off most of the snow…
…and then shoveling the rest to get us a good, safe walkway.
“Uh, Dad…can you go any faster?” 😉
I could not believe just how much snow there was out there.
One happy kiddo.
Another happy kiddo.
She kept saying, “Snow!!!!”
Her “cheese” face. We made sure to have them wear their sunglasses because it was pretty bright out there.
They were trying to make snowballs, but it was too powdery.
This leaf happened to be in the perfect place for this footprint “face” 😀
She loved being able to run and not worry about cars. You can also see the edge of Joseph’s snow angel. I didn’t realize that until right now. I wish I had gotten a shot of that!
She was getting ready to “get” me. 😉
Cold artwork (this is one of my brother Gary’s sculptures).
Paul pieced this sled together for the kids: old table legs, a board, and a chunk of rope.
Bringing the sled back up the “hill” (our driveway).
There was so. much. snow.
Once again…”SNOW!”
Every once in a while, there would be a gust of wind that would send snow flurrying out of the tree. She loved when that would happen.
Looking at the “flurries”.
This was right before lunch. Paul had cleared off the back patio so that it wouldn’t ice over. Still so, so much snow.
Family selfie!
Ready for Round 2 (we went in for lunch and got into dry clothes before heading back out).
Thumbs up with our snowman!
He was fun to make.
A baby carrot for a nose, twigs for arms, and pebbles for eyes.
Can you see the heart? 🙂
He used pebbles to make a happy snowball. 🙂
We were outside for over an hour…I knew they wouldn’t want to come in, but we needed to (I could feel the temps start dropping again), so I used the hot cocoa card.
It worked. They both were very willing to come in. 🙂
Cold weather calls for tomato soup. I love that I can just throw in all the ingredients, uncooked…
…and my blender will not only blend everything up…
…but it will cook the ingredients while doing so.
Paul told me about cooking grilled cheese in the oven. Uh, whaaaaat?! Yup. Pre-heat the oven to 450 degrees, and prep the sandwiches like you would normally. Then put them on a foil-lined pan and bake them for 6-8 minutes. Flip them and bake them for 6-8 more minutes. Voila!
Homemade tomato-basil soup and yummy grilled cheese sandwiches for the win!
The snow on the roof was starting to melt but then freeze again.

Videos of Playing and Sledding: 🙂

Two Bonus Photos:

*These two photos are not mine: they were posted on our local news site and I thought they were really neat*

Keeping watch over a very special place to San Antonians and Texans…
…the Alamo! I am grateful that whoever took these two photos was willing to share with the rest of us San Antonians!

Chilly Temps and Comfort Food For the Win

Weekly Happenings: This week was pretty average. Because of the weather, we’ve kind of just bounced around home and only went out when we needed to.

The Weekly Weather: A cold front started moving in mid-week (the worst of it is supposed to be happening today through Monday/Tuesday. We should then start to defrost a bit before returning to more normal temps by the end of next week.

You gotta love when the humidity makes the “feels like” temperature almost ten degrees colder than the actual temperature.
A friend of mine posted this on Facebook and I thought it was hilariously true. I mean, at the beginning of this week, we were wearing shorts and T-shirts and now we’re all bundled up.
These are the predicted temps for this next week. This weekend might get really interesting…
The kids might lose their minds if it actually snows and sticks.

What Paul’s Been Up To: His computer was getting a little on the older side, so he ordered new computer parts and built a new one (I still think it’s really cool that he can do that). Other than that, he’s been super busy with work (still working at home, which is nice) as usual.

What Sarah’s Been Up To: I’ve been doing my mom-thing. I’ve also experimented with my roll recipe, seeing what else I can make with it. I’ve discovered that if I make my rolls bigger and don’t put the honey butter on them, they work perfectly as buns for different sandwiches. I’ve also experimented with my breakfast sandwich maker and discovered that I can make omelettes! Oh, and I did go to book club, which was fun (as always).

What Joseph’s Been Up To: He had a good week at school and was still able to exchange Valentines with his class, even though they couldn’t have a party. I am so grateful that his teacher is trying to make this crazy year feel as normal as she possibly can, while still following the guidelines in place.

What Abigail’s Been Up To: She’s been rather crazy this week. I think that since we’ve been stuck inside because of the weather, she’s feeling a little pent up. We may need to bundle up and just let her run around while it’s still dry (even though I would much rather stay inside where it’s warm, haha).

This Week in Pictures:

Computer parts…
…put together to make a computer!
Normally I make twelve rolls with this recipe, but I decided to go for six so that I could make larger buns (they were probably hamburger bun sized).
They were perfect to pair with our leftover pulled pork (that I made last week) for pulled pork sandwiches.
They also made for good cold-cut sandwiches.
My five-minute omelette. I scrambled two eggs in my breakfast sandwich maker and then added seasoning, sliced olives, and a handful of shredded mozzarella cheese. Then I took out the other inserts (the ones that I usually use for meat and bread) and put it in the microwave for a couple of minutes. I then took it out, put it on a plate, and put a slice of Swiss cheese on it before sticking it back in the microwave for thirty more seconds. It was pretty tasty!
This is a fun new color…
It’s kind of purpley-pinky-brownish with a lot of sparkles, haha.
Another yummy dinner: tilapia, rice, and a yummy side salad.
Cold mornings are perfect for snuggles.
She tried to convince me that she was all ready to go out to play…in the thirty-five degree weather. 😀
I made another set of rolls to use as sandwich buns for homemade meatball sandwiches (I think it’s neat that you can see the steam in the picture).
I finally found a really good, really easy homemade meatball recipe…so this is now one of our go-to comfort food meals.
Cold weather means digging out all my hats, scarves, and ear-warmers. 😀
Joseph got this mask in his Valentine’s Day haul and decided it would better suit Abigail.
He did agree to wear the Batman mask and “battle” her, though.
Checking out her favorite book (Nibbles the Book Monster).
I’m so grateful my phone has a camera so that I can capture moments like this (because sometimes they are rather…fleeting).

Bonus Video: Abigail gets just a little excited with theme songs for shows (and likes to act them out, too):


A Fun Adventure and a New Month

Weekly Happenings: This past week, we got to go on a fun adventure. A good friend of mine who has since moved from San Antonio sent us a Flat Stanley to take around town. For those that are unfamiliar with the concept of Flat Stanley, here’s a brief explanation. There is a children’s book called Flat Stanley that is about a boy who gets flattened when a bulletin board falls on him. He uses this flatness to his advantage and mails himself to friends in different places so that he can visit with them. Elementary school teachers have since made Flat Stanley projects for their students where their students create a “Stanley” and mail it to friends and family. Then those people take Stanley all around and document Stanley’s visit with pictures. Once they do that, they mail Stanley back along with his new pictures and the students can create projects with all the different places their Stanley visited. We took Stanley to the Alamo (of course) and the zoo. 🙂

Weekly Weather: We’ve had some genuinely warm days (one day got up into the 80s), but mostly cool weather (not cold…just pleasant).

What Paul’s Been Up To: The AC in the van was acting up (blowing lukewarm air instead of cold), so he spent some time troubleshooting that (he changed the cabin air filter, which didn’t work, so he then added more refrigerant, which seems to have worked…so now we wait to see if it stays fixed or if it doesn’t, which might mean there’s a leak somewhere). He’s also been putting down all sorts of stuff in the lawn (weed stuff, insect stuff, etc.) since we’re already into February, which means spring is just around the corner.

What Sarah’s Been Up To: My back continues to improve, which I am very grateful for. I mainly did my normal stuff: errand running, kid wrangling, and piano teaching…with a bit of meal cooking and LIGHT cleaning tossed in (I don’t want to push myself too hard yet).

What Joseph’s Been Up To: He had a good week at school and we were able to meet up with friends at the park for a play date one afternoon after school. He did take a spill off of a skateboard (luckily he was on his belly, so he didn’t fall far) and split his lip, poor guy. He’s getting better, though.

What Abigail’s Been Up To: She’s been making the most of her pre-schooler life right now: tons of playing, looking at books, snuggling with Mom (and Dad, when she can get him), and the like. Her new favorite game is “Keep the Balloon Off the Floor”. 😀

This Week in Pictures:

Valentine’s decor!
My quote for February. 🙂
Flat Stanley at the zoo.
This is one of our favorite statues at the zoo.
Trying to climb higher…
Abigail saying hello to the spectacled bear.
Usually this guy is sleeping, but we lucked out!
The Alamo!!!
This building is across from the Alamo. I love seeing the historic buildings downtown! This one says it’s the Post Office and Court House…I’m not sure if those are both still housed in there or not. I should research that!
I was surprised that she got the handle under her chin…and relieved that she was able to get it off again. 😀
Another further-out shot of what my piano top looks like right now.
Hearts for February!
I made this…I don’t know how many years ago. It’s still looking pretty good!
I had a theme going that day, haha.
Pretty sunrises make having to get up early to drop off Joseph worth it.
Oh, to get to sleep until my eyes pop open. 😉
This is one of my favorite spots. 🙂 I love the double benches so much! They frame the piano perfectly. 🙂
Selfie to show that there are occasionally days that I pull myself all together.
She’s got this layering thing DOWN. 😀
I love when she crawls up to cuddle…until she starts crawling all over me, haha.
I managed to get a “just popped” picture.
That scrunchy nose, tho’…
She wanted control of the bubble gun. 🙂