March 25, 2013, the first snow day for our little family. It was great! We ended up with somewhere around a foot of snow from about 2pm Sunday afternoon until sometime this morning. That’s a lot of snow for the end of March! It’s melting off pretty quickly though. Our street and driveway were completely clear by late morning on the 25th, and by Tuesday afternoon there was only about 2″ left on the areas where there wasn’t much drifting (There was a lot of drifting though. I think there was one at least 2 ft tall in our backyard!) .
The top 2 images are some of the snow. I really liked how the snow had a wavy pattern on the pergola. The bottom 2 are two snowmen that were across the street from each other in one part of the neighborhood. I especially like the flamingo in the bottom right!
We didn’t actually know until 6am or so that we’d be taking the full day off. Eric and I both had planned to go in late because we knew the driveway would need to be shoveled and snowblown (is that the proper word for that?). When we got up though, we found out that while neither of our jobs gave us the day off, Tyler’s daycare was closed. Since neither of us really wanted to go in and miss the day while the other had fun with Tyler, we both decided stay home! It was going to be a family fun day! It actually did turn out to be quite a bit of fun. Eric had to do some work this morning. Evidently, crises happen when he’s not at work, but luckily he didn’t have to go in even though it seemed like he would for awhile. I did some work this afternoon to get ready for a presentation for Wednesday, but we found plenty of time to enjoy the day.
Just a few of our activities from our snow day! Tyler had some majorly staticy hair. Guster and I went on a walk around the neighborhood. Eric baked some cookies, and Tyler and I colored
I finished my chair cushions. You’ll be seeing those next week! I played with Guster. Eric and I both played with Tyler. Eric even baked some chocolate chip. They were delicious! I think he may be the new cookie maker at our house. It was the Nestle Tollhouse recipe (which forever reminds me of the Friends episode where Monica tries to remake Phoebe’s grandma’s recipe.) Even though we didn’t go out and play in the snow (Tyler doesn’t have any boots or snow pants since for most of the winter he couldn’t even walk.), we had a fun day together. It was a rare day to just enjoy the day without anything pressing to do or somewhere we had to be.
Another busy weekend is in the books. I took Friday off to get things done around the house since we’d be gone a lot of the weekend. Plus I needed to run some errands that are hard to get done after work (I have much shorter hair now! Yay!). Saturday morning we headed to Springfield/Litchfield/St. Louis for a whole bunch of activities. We had lunch with Eric’s dad, step-mom and sisters in Springfield on the way down, and then dropped Tyler off for a fun night with Grandma and playing with his cousins while we headed to St. Louis for a friend’s birthday (Happy Birthday, Tik since I know you read this!). Eric and I took some time to see some sights in St. Louis beforehand and went to BaconFest (why don’t I take pictures of these things!), went to the Western Expansion Museum in the Arch (we’ve both been there many times before but it was a good place to warm up a bit), and then we walked through the entrance to Comic Con (again why don’t I take pictures of these things) to see the costumes. At BaconFest, we had a Toffee Oatmeal Bacon cookie and a Bacon candy bar. Both were ok. We also saw the “famous” 500 lb bacon log. “That’s a lot of bacon!”. Then we had a wonderful dinner with our friends, and spent the whole night worried about snow. We were supposed to have lunch with Eric’s family to celebrate his birthday which is Tuesday! We decided it was better to get ourselves home before the snow started, which we did. It was a great weekend. We just wish we hadn’t had to worry about the latest winter storm the entire time. (Quick winter storm stats for Urbana/Champaign: the latest in the season 7in or greater daily snowfall total occurred on March 20. It happened in 1906 with 14in and 1983 with 7.6in! So we have a new latest snowfall record for 7″ or greater storms!)
So now for the grown up part, because honestly yesterday we were pretty carefree with Tyler being with Eric’s mom most of the day and night. We finally have “finished” our bedroom. We got some new bedding which makes us feel like we have a very adult bedroom. We got our new bedding from Linens N Things. They’re an online store now.
Our new bedding with lots of pillows
What makes us feel grown up with this? All the pillows. We both have two kinds of shams and two throw pillows plus our regular sleeping pillows. Other than needing some decor on our dressers yet and a few more pictures on the wall, I think we’ve finally finished with this room. There is a small chance I may change up the curtains though to make them a little less matchy-matchy with the bed. Once I actually clean the room a little better (i.e. get Eric’s clothes and the sheets that go with the bed off the floor), I’ll hopefully get some pictures of the rest of the room. For now, we’re feeling pretty good that we have another room finished now! Just 4 more to go!
The last January weekend is in the books and with it our last free weekend for awhile. My parents were supposed to come up on Sunday, but since there was a freezing rain advisory, we all decided it was best that they stay home. Unfortunately, all the weather forecasters were wrong (well all the ones that I looked at anyway), so we cancelled their visit for no reason. While I’m disappointed that I didn’t get to see them, we were pretty productive to make up for it. Tyler was recovering from his busy busy week at daycare being a big kid, so he took two really good naps, and even slept in until 8am Sunday morning (completely unheard of…especially for a weekend!). That meant Eric and I got to actually work on some of our hobbies as well as clean and cook for the week.
My brand new Brother sewing machine.
The best part was I finally got to try out my new sewing machine! Eric worked on his beer brewing (it was bottling weekend at our house!) for an hour and a half, so I got the same amount of time to work with my sewing machine. My first project is a simple project for Tyler’s birthday and later on decor for his room.
The blue puppy dog fabrics for my first project for Tyler.
I figured out how to put thread on the bobbin and even thread the needle. That was my Friday night once Tyler went to bed. (I’m a party animal!) I was pretty proud of myself though! It was a lot easier than I remember with my little toy sewing machine from when I was a kid. Cutting the fabric was a lot of math and lining it up precisely to cut, which was my geometry for the day (or basic adding and subtracting, but geometry sounds fancier). It was pretty easy with my awesome rotary fabric cutter and the self-healing mat to cut on with a ruler on it.
I’m certainly not the best sewer at this point. I’m not even very good at straight lines, but I’m hoping that gets better with practice. I really enjoyed it though, especially when I found the best speed for me to sew at to actually keep a fairly straight line. Even though I’m not done with this project and I already have my fabric for my second project, I’m already trying to figure out what else I can do.
Hopefully I’ll have more time to work on my project, and I can share it soon. I have to get it done in less than a month and a half for Tyler’s birthday, so I’ll have to find some time sometime soon!
Finally it snowed here in Champaign! We really haven’t had a real snow here in Champaign since the winter of 2010-2011. Not very meteorological/climatological of me but we’re blaming it on the fact that in October 2011, we bought a snow blower since I was pregnant and refused to help shovel the driveway that season! So we waited all last year for a snow big enough to use the snow blower. There was only one little one that Eric took it out for a spin, but it really wasn’t worth the trouble. Last season was a little disappointing even for the very pregnant lady who hates snow!
So far this year had been a bust too! Finally we were in a winter weather advisory for Christmas night. It would be the perfect snow day for us. We were both off from work all week. We also weren’t traveling again until Friday, so we could be like kids again and really enjoy a snow day. Eric and I hoped and watched the weather all day Christmas Eve hoping that the low pressure system would shift northwards, and we’d get that big snow Christmas night. As we watched the weather though, I kept telling Eric that it was seemed like it was becoming more unlikely that we were going to get anything. And guess what?! We got nothing but a few flurries while my parents who hate snow and it makes their lives much more difficult got somewhere around a foot!
We went on about our week until Friday when we were heading down to my grandma’s to see my parents and grandma for Christmas. It turned out there was another chance that day. As we looked at this chance, it was clear early on it would split us.(the Champaign Effect?) One system was going to the Chicago area and then another across my parents again (but supposedly on a few inches this time.) Nope this time, we were drove through some very heavy snow showers on our way back but they died out about 50 miles south of Champaign, and my parents got another 7 inches!
FINALLY we had our snow though! During New Year’s Eve day it snowed. Granted it wasn’t a lot. I didn’t take an actual measurement here but it looks to be about an inch. The official measurement at work is 1.2 inches. So really not a lot but at least we got some snow, and Eric got to use our snow blower. He not only took care of our drive and sidewalks but also the neighbors’ sidewalks.
Eric figuring out the snow blower. Also it seems like our neighbor is watching to make sure Eric knows what he’s doing!
Almost done with our driveway!
It was a nice way to end our break and head back to work. Now maybe we’ll get a real snow when it would be more inconvenient and we have to go to work the next day…but that’s the way it usually goes 🙂