At the beginning of the winter season, the meteorologists were speculating that the winter of 2009-2010 could be a repeat performance of the winter we had in 2002-2003.  That winter we got double our ‘average’ amounts.  The major storms started on Christmas Day (I called my Aunt in Seattle and teased her that I didn’t have to “dream” of a White Christmas since I was living it) and schools were closed every Wednesday and/or Thursday every week through February.   I scoffed when the meteorologists were predicting this winter lining up to be similar to that one, because they’re almost always wrong.

For once they were right.

The week before the first ‘official’ day of winter, we got slammed with 24 inches of snow over a weekend.   We thought maybe they were wrong after all, when the weather decided to give us an unusually warm period of time and send massive amounts of rain our way instead.  But then it got cold again, and we’ve had a few inches here and there every couple of weeks since.

Then this past weekend, as some of you know, we got 30-inches of snow Friday night and Saturday.  As I’m typing this, it has been snowing again since about 3pm this afternoon – we’ve already shoveled 6 inches off the sidewalks to try to keep things under control, but tomorrow (today) will be interesting, as we’re supposed to get an additional 18 inches of snow on top of the original 30 inches.  Jealous, aren’t you?

The past few winters snow has been pretty scarce.  When it did snow, it was either preceded or followed by freezing rain, which makes the snow not snowball or snowman worthy.  Or any fun to play in, particularly when the snow was encased in a thick coat of ice from the freezing rain.  Princess Nagger has been wishing for ‘good’ snow (OK, secretly I was wishing for it too), and apparently ‘be careful what you wish for’ is a true statement.

This was Saturday while it was snowing – Rolex was having trouble navigating in the snow.  I was kicking myself for not grabbing my video camera, because he was quite comical as he was trying to wallow in the snow:

I shared this picture yesterday, but it still cracks me up that Princess Nagger lost her boot while playing in the snow:

Saturday Princess Nagger spent time outside digging trenches in the snow – I had told her about when I was a kid and we had a miraculously significant snowfall one winter in Seattle that us kids created trenches and pathways and played Fox and the Hound.  She wanted to turn it into a dinosaur game instead.  After she was done creating her pathways, she wanted to show them to me even though the sun had recently set.  Of course I had to follow her to check out her handiwork, she was so excited and proud of herself:

The dogs really appreciated them, too – it made it much easier for them to maneuver in the backyard since the snow was as deep as they are tall (and deeper in some places):

Hubby’s car buried:

My Grand Caravan buried:

Hubby paid talked the neighbors into coming over and plowing our driveway – it definitely saved us a good 8 hours of shoveling.  So all we had to worry about was digging out the vehicles, shoveling the sidewalk around the house, the front steps and sidewalk, the back steps and patio, and the two walkways to the driveway.  Hubby was kind enough to dig out the vehicles:

Now I was able to see Princess Nagger’s pathways in the light of day:

The dogs were enjoying them:

The Back 40 looks so pretty and serene – no one ventured out that way…not even the dogs:

Princess Nagger invited me to come along on an adventure and follow her on her pathways:

She encouraged me to crawl like she was doing, but I pointed out she had snow pants on and I didn’t.  So she was OK with me walking along behind her.  She’s such a lightweight the pathways were shallower than the snow was deep – even walking I had trouble keeping up, so I hung back and took pictures as I tried not to fall on my face as each step had me sinking into the snow:

Her pathway led us all around the backside of the barn, and up the other side:

I almost did have to crawl under this low-hanging tree, but managed to scootch down low enough to stay on my feet:

At the end of the pathway there was the mountain of snow.  I knew there was no way I’d be able to crawl over that without getting stuck or sinking – after all, I’m not 7 years old.  So I went around it as best I could.  The snow next to the ‘mountain’ was hip-deep on me.  The tree branches were mocking me and grabbing at my hair, dumping snow on my head every move I made.  I almost got stuck.  I almost lost one of my boots like Princess Nagger had done the day before.  But somehow I managed to get over to the other side.  Not so much gracefully as comically.

Princess Nagger wanted me to slide down the mountain of snow on my belly like a penguin like she was doing the night before:

I politely declined and encouraged her to do it for the millionth time.

With this new deluge of snow, the trenches and pathways will need to be re-dug.  Princess Nagger is looking forward to the challenge (though she may have to wait and see if she has another Snow Day on Thursday since today those that are they are warning us of blizzard-like conditions).  The neighbors will (hopefully) be plowing our driveway again if they can get their truck with the plow out after the snow is done, so the mountain of snow will be even higher than ever – perfect for sliding like a penguin over and over again.

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  1. Looks like fun. We don’t really have appropriate clothing for the snow, but PN’s adventures sure look fun! Princess is taller than you puppies and she had trouble navigating our 12 inches of snow. It came up to her belly! I think she is rethinking Florida!
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  2. Wow she is having fun…Those are the best school and lots of snow…well for kids …our storm is just beginning now…and I guarantee we wont be having any of that fun…our neighbors dont have a plow..and I have a steep uphill driveway, about Fifty feet…Oh and Hubs plows the Roads in a big truck far away so he cant help either..Im off to salt…Have a great day..!
    .-= Robin would like you to read ....The Syndromes..Empty Nest, CMS and, and Mid-Life..Not me.. the Hubs..! =-.

  3. Nice neighbors! Our neighbor has cleared our long driveway a few times this year and you are so right how much time it would take to shovel with the snow shovels when they can drive back and forth a few times and clear it out. I think after winter I will bake a banana bread or something and take to our neighbors. Like you we haven’t seen our yard for some time. A couple feet of snow and several drifts about five feet tall. You got some really good pictures and it looks like your daughter is enjoying life in snow land!!
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  4. How blessed (I use that work lightly) to have so much snow for your little girl to play in — my kids only got to play in snow here at Christmas — the rest — it comes down so pretty and big like feathers — but ends up melting so fast and turning to ice at night.
    .-= Mellisa would like you to read ..Wordful/Wordless Wednesday =-.

  5. We are used to large snowfalls in West Michigan, but we have adequate salt, sander, and snow plows to keep us moving! Unusual amount of snow for you though… Hang tough!

  6. Love the pictures! Thanks for stopping by my blog. I also grew up in Seattle and my family is all still there. I grew up in Marysville, just north of Everett!

    This is crazy isn’t it? I woke up to a blizzard this morning!

  7. We don’t get a lot of snow here in Podunk – we’re too far south for lake effect and just a wee bit too far west and north for the snow belt. However, every year since I’ve been here we’ve had a “big” storm in February, and this year has been no different. We’ll see two feet all told before this stops tonight (it started yesterday afternoon here), which is a LOT of snow for us; we usually just get half an inch here, a couple of inches there over the course of the winter.

    But I’m glad Princess Nagger is having such a good time with it! The Young One was thrilled with his snow day today, until he realized how much of it he was going to spend with a shovel in hand.
    .-= Jan would like you to read ..I Got No Sap =-.

  8. Wow that’s a lot of snow. It is blizzarding here again today. The kids are home 10 out of the last 12 days. I started the summer schedule of reading and math. I’m going to add spelling and vocab too.

  9. OK, the Grand Caravan with nothing but two wipers peeking out really cracked me up. Hope you all are staying warm; it looks like SOMEBODY is having fun, at least!

  10. Oh your daughter totally needs a Krazy Karpet. hehe It will save the snow pants. My boys have already killed 4 knees between them on their snowpants.
    I love your back 40, it’s so pretty back there. My back 40 is trees trees and more trees.
    Ironically I’ve been melting up here for 2days + 4 and +7C temps.
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  11. OMGoodness!! That is so crazy. I guess I shouldn’t complain about the rain we are having.

    Princess Nagger’s trenches are fabulous. My girls would be in heaven.
    .-= jenny would like you to read ..Wordful Wednesday =-.

  12. That is some crazy snow! WOW! I cannot believe the state of your cars! INSANE!

    Here in Florida, we have little faith in the meteorologists too. They always get our hurricane season wrong. Well, at least, it’s wrong for the Tampa Bay area.
    .-= Run DMT would like you to read ..What’s in a Name? =-.

  13. OMG Stacy, I didn’t even think about the dogs having to go outside to use the bathroom! Good thing PN is around to dig them out. And I love her penguin ways.

  14. I remember the days when snow was fun like that!!! We haven’t had a really good (or bad, depending on who you’re talking to) winter in Utah for a while now. When I was little I remember all of our mailboxes were burried and we’d dig tunnels too. It was so fun, seeing PN have fun in the snow has brought back lots of fun memories!!

    Oh to be a child again!
    .-= Pooba would like you to read ..Tragedy =-.

  15. I can’t believe you didn’t want to slide on you belly like a penguin! 😉 We are snowed in here- I wish it would stop but I’m not going to complain about another day off work tomorrow!
    Your daughter and your puppies are so cute!

    I found your blog on a SITS list on Twitter of people who are attending the Bloggy Bootcamp in Baltimore! I just signed up as well. I wanted to come by and say Hi! Looking forward to meeting at camp!
    .-= Shelle would like you to read ..Echo…Echo…Echo… =-.

  16. That kind of looks similar to my own backyard. Aren’t dogs funny when they romp through the snow higher then them? We had a black lab that would throw the snow up in the air with her snout & try to catch it coming back down. She use to love the snow. She’s gone now. I sure do miss her.
    .-= Xmasdolly would like you to read ..WORDLESS WEDNESDAY – HUH? =-.

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