Wednesday, February 24, 2016

A Slow Death

We did something this winter that the Wife claims we have never done before. I think that's hogwash, but her memory is at least 4 billion times better than mine, so it just might be true. However, my ability to lie to myself is way better than the Wife's, so I am going to keep saying it's hogwash, even though the evidence might not back me up...

We made a snowman! But not just any snowman. Oh no...Instead of making just any old snowman, we made the world's worst snowman. It wasn't even really "man" shaped. It was shaped more like a shield volcano, which I only know about because we just read a Magic Schoolbus book about volcanoes and the insides of the Earth. Or maybe it was shaped more like Jabba the Hut than a volcano...Whatever the case, it was ugly. We pretty much just piled up all the snow that we shoveled off the driveway into a pile in the yard, and then realized the snow wasn't wet enough to mold it. So, the snowpile magically morphed into a snowman, simply because we inserted a bunch of buttons and a wooden carrot into it for a face, wrapped a scarf around the part of it that looked the most "neck-like", and then plopped an old stocking cap on top, and said "Our snowman is complete!"

That all happened about 3 or 4 weeks ago now, and Spring has started to show itself, even up here on the frozen tundra of Minnesota, in the days since. Almost every day is above freezing now, and we've even had a handful of days in the 40s, so Mr. Snowman has slowly been turning into Mr. Snowcorpse. Most mornings one of the kids has to go out and re-insert his eyeball buttons because they have fallen out from the previous day. But they seem happy to do it, so it looks like our first snowman is going to try to hold on until he's just a puddle with a soggy stocking cap floating in it. I'm glad it's not one of mine...
This was our snowman when we first built him, about 4 weeks ago.
This was our snowman today, before the kids were able to stick his eyeballs back in...





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