Monday, December 7, 2009

Oh the weather outside is frightful-snow in Houston

For the 1st week of Dec. the weathermen kept saying we would have snow by the end of the week. Houston can get pretty chilly, but snow is very rare. Thursday was very beautiful, blue sky, about 60 degrees. It didn't seem possible to have snow the next day. The school district was on alert for "deteriorating" weather. At 5:30 am we were given notice that the school day would go on as regularly scheduled. As I took the elementary school kids there were occasional flurries. A bit exciting, but not that big of a deal. The temperatures continued to drop and things began to change. By 10:00 a.m. there were big fluffy snowflakes and it didn't look like it was going to stop any time soon. The school district decided that school would be dismissed at 1/2 day. Ken and I enjoyed watching the scenery being changed to white and decided to get Lexi out early so they all could enjoy this special day. By the time everyone was home the snow was letting up and already starting to melt. The kids enjoyed a snowball fight, building the best ice/snow man they could and just getting cold and wet. For a small moment in time it seemed like Houston would actually have winter. Just as quickly it was gone. By evening the lawns were back to green and only the most solidly packed snowmen survived. That night it was below freezing which took care of whatever plants hadn't been covered. Our "white" Christmas was short lived but very much enjoyed.

Our front lawn and plants with the snow.

Some of our Christmas lights with the snow atop.

Lexi taking aim with a snowball after leaving school

Lexi with her snowman

Lexi and Paige with a snowman they built with Boyers in their backyard. There was lots more snow to work with there.

Video showing where we started and how the snow progressed within a couple of hours.

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