Thursday, February 10, 2011

More snow....and ice...and other stuff

I've been working hard to teach the kids a little bit extra on the side. Joey was working on money and by the end of the book he had it all figured out. He was doing math at such a high level that it amazed Joe and I. He can count a lot of numbers in his head. He gets this all from his dad. I have to count on my fingers and/or use a calculator!

He finished his book on 2/3. That was day three of being cooped in the house and iced in. We literally had an inch thick of ice on our driveway that did not indent when you drove over it.

You can see the ice outside on our driveway and in the street. That isn't snow in our driveway - it's an inch of ice.

So as up to now
Monday night rain
Tuesday morning - hail/wind/ice/snow - Schools closed
Wed - Still ice - schools closed
Thur - Still ice - schools closed
Friday - see below.

As if Mother Nature really needed to be more cruel - this is what we found Friday morning...not quite the 1-3 inches predicted.


About 6-8 inches

Winter wonderland in Dallas.

So as you can see - we are on day 4 of being snowed/iced in. I literally have not left the house since Monday and I'm going stir crazy. I'm at the point I hate anything white! It's cold and because it's so cold I have to let my water drip at night so my pipes don't freeze. People who have lived in Texas all their lives told me that they have never seen school cancelled so many days in a row due to snow and ice. Incredible!

I was supposed to have a scrapbook get together at my house the next day on Saturday but it was cancelled because of the bad weather. So I decided to scrapbook a little bit on Friday night and it felt so good to put my hands on the paper and make a few pages. Scrapbooking is therapy to me!

FINALLY on Saturday we started to thaw out!! My house faces north so my front yard is still completely frozen while everyone across the street has no more snow. What the heck?!

The bottom of our gutter was encased in an inch of ice and then when we finally removed the ice, ice came crashing down out of the gutter. 

Since there wasn't much to do since it was so cold, I decided to clean out and organize my pantry. This is before.

This is after. Nice and tidy!

Sunday was superbowl. We ordered pizza and had a picnic inside. The kids and I played go fish. Joe was very disappointed the Steelers didn't win. 

Monday the kids finally returned to school.
Tuesday the kids went to school.
Wednesday - more snow and ice. Schools cancelled. Seriously? 
Thursday - today the kids had a two hour delay! 

What I am hearing is that we don't have to make up these days. 

In other news my brother Greg and his wife Audrey gave birth to my neice yesterday - Maeve Aislinn - Pronounced Mayve Ash lene. She was a tiny little girl - just over five pounds but then again Audrey is tiny. Greg is so proud. Whenever I talk to him he's exhausted but such a proud daddy! I'm excited to be an aunt!

Tomorrow my washer and dryer are supposed to be delivered. I can't wait. The washer actually DIED today. How convenient that we had the delivery of the new ones for tomorrow. When we moved the washer into the garage so I could mop underneath the old washer and dryer we found metal shavings on the floor and in the pedestal drawer underneath the washer. We ran that washer into the ground. Hopefully the new ones work much better than this one and last much longer.

Campbell's Select Harvest Soup

I was picked by the SheSpeaks program to try some select Harvest Soups by Campells. I honestly have to say I'm not really a fan of light soups - mostly because the sodium content is low and salt = taste. It takes awhile to get used to low sodium soups.

This soup - the Mexican-Style Chicken Tortilla soup is really good. I don't think it tastes low fat and if you want to add a little extra to it - add a little cheddar cheese and crush up a tortilla chip or two on top. I would highly recommend you try it if you are looking for a low fat/low sodium soup!

Tuesday, February 1, 2011

Crazy weather

This past weekend I told you we had great weather and we knew it was going to end. Sunday it started out pretty nice and gradually got cold. We did happen to go to the park though - our favorite green park.

Joey kicking back in his favorite spot. 

On Monday Justin stayed home with me - sick. Poor kiddo had a 100.4 fever on Sunday and on Monday just layed on the couch all day. He didn't have a fever but he sure didn't move much. He conked right out on the couch and just looked so adorable.

Isn't he adorable? Something about a sleeping child is so cute...

Luckily he felt better Monday evening. Kids went to bed on time. Joe went to a physical training appointment at the gym and I had the kids do all their chores, get in the tub, eat their snack, clean the table, read a book and go to bed! I felt like superwoman! They were very well behaved.

About 11 last night Joe and I were sitting in the media room and we hear rain. It started to POUR outside. Then we got a thunderstorm and it was extremely windy.

We went to bed. I went to sleep and woke at 4:30am to the sound of hail hitting my window. I checked my phone and it's 23 degrees, raining/ice and we are having a THUNDERSTORM. I see lightening and I hear thunder. It was so wild - it was 23 degrees! The official term for it is 'thundersnow'.

Thundersnow, also known as a winter thunderstorm or a thunder snowstorm, is a rare kind of thunderstorm with snow falling as the primary precipitation instead of rain. It typically falls in regions of strong upward motion within the cold sector of an extratropical cyclone, where the precipitation consists of ice pellets rather than snow.

There are usually four forms of thundersnow:

  • A normal thunderstorm on the leading edge of a cold front or warm front that can either form in a winter environment or one that runs into cool air and where the precipitation takes the form of snow.
  • A heavy synoptic snowstorm in the comma head of an extratropical cyclone that sustains strong vertical mixing which allows for favorable conditions for lightning and thunder to occur.
  • A lake effect or ocean effect thunderstorm which is produced by cold air passing over relatively warm water; this effect commonly produces snow squalls over the Great Lakes.
  • A cold front containing extremely cold air aloft, steepening lapse rates and causing strong vertical movement which allows for favorable conditions for lightning and thunder to occur

One unique aspect of thundersnow is that the snowfall acts as an acoustic suppressor of the thunder. The thunder from a typical thunderstorm can be heard many miles away, while the thunder from thundersnow can usually only be heard within a two to three mile radius from the lightning. In the United States, March is their peak month of formation, and on average, only 6.3 events are reported per year.

Anyhow it was really cool. I think that was the second ever winter thunderstorm that I have experienced.

At 5:15 this morning they canceled schools. It had been raining/hailing/ice since 4:30 and the roads were reportedly awful.

This is what it looked like when I woke up. We were under a Wind Chill advisory, Wind advisory and a Winter Storm warning and now we are under a hard freeze warning - which I've never heard of before but I guess it's a warning for freezing pipes. They don't insulate homes so well in Texas. Right now it's 10:30 at night and TEN degrees! UNREAL! We have a wind chill of -7!!

The wind was blowing the snow all over.

Rain gauge had a 1/2 inch of ice and an inch of snow.

I told you I'm a weather freak! :)

On Friday I took this photo of Joey with his friend Alex. They are like two bugs in a rug!

We had so much ice today and it never warmed up that at 5pm today our school district canceled schools for tomorrow too. It's been an interesting week!