More snow!

Those of you who know my mother will be amused to hear that we have 8.5 more inches of snow, for a total of over three feet in the past 2.5 weeks. Mom prefers sunny Florida, but has been very brave and even took Gabriel out to play a couple of times and helped me shovel this afternoon since Matt is away in California. The pile of snow in our front yard is now more than five feet tall and I’m starting to wonder if it will be there all winter long. This snowfall is certainly thwarting the predictions of a warm, dry El Nino winter…Oh well. We have uploaded pictures of Christmas and early January, including some fun snowshoeing pictures, so take a look! There are even pictures of Lily’s newest trick–pulling herself up to standing!
Oh, and for those of you who enjoyed my list of fun Gabriel expressions, I have to relate a story from Tuesday. I tried to back my car out of the driveway to take Gabriel to preschool, was running late, and totally missed the narrow break in the snowbank. I hung up the passenger side of my car pretty good and had to go get Matt out of the shower to help me dig it out. Gabriel was already in the car and produced the following gems: “Mommy’s car hurt a little bit?” “Why did Daddy put cat food on the snow?” (Matt actually put Kitty Litter on the snow, but it had a picture of a cat on it, so we thought this was fairly ingenious) “Get stuck in snow bank tomorrow on way to preschool, Mommy?” He obviously thought it was fun, the little monkey.