We enjoyed a beautiful, warm fall here in hondoland and didn't see more than a trace of snow until early-January. That's why the successive storms that have each dropped 6+ inches as they blazed through town in recent weeks have been a bit of a shock to the system.
Thanks to snow days, Martin Luther King Jr. Day and strep throat Andrew has only been to school about twice in the last two weeks. That time away from the books has been well-spent, though, and not without its lessons.
We've had engineering and science lessons while shoveling and building snow forts.
|Snow = heavier than it looks|
|Constructing arches of heavy snow = more cooperation and forethought than comes naturally|
We've also had some photography lessons. By "lessons," I mean Thomas has tormented us with his Fisher-Price camera and Andrew has helped himself to our camera off the kitchen counter. Andrew's not bad, really, and he's not afraid to take, oh 1,000 or so shots to get a few good ones.
|"Amaryllis in winter"|
|"Madeline VERY CLOSE to lens"|
Anyway, Mark and I have both been invited upstairs to purchase goods from the store and for the bargain basement price of $2.20 I am now the proud owner of a still life drawing and a small plastic lizard. I believe Mark has just purchased two books and a small rubber ball from the store for only $1. If you forget about the part where we initially purchased all of their inventory, I feel like we really did get some good deals.
|Good signage is a must|
|Impressive display of merchandise|
We've got the Jayhawks and Longhorns on tap next. That's when we practice good sportsmanship and volume control. The lessons never end!