Wednesday, February 6, 2008

They told us it doesn't snow here...

When I was deployed to Japan in 2004, it snowed a lot that winter. I have a very clear memory of how much it sucked to dig trenches day after day in 0 degree weather with wind and snow. When we arrived here in July it was 85 degrees with wicked humidity and screeching cicadas. I remember asking when it was going to cool down and if it snowed here in the winter. The majority replied, "it cools down in October"...which was correct...on October 1st it cooled off and it has gotten progressively cooler.  They also said that we may get a "dusting" but the snow doesn't stick here...yeah, whatever.  Now it is 30-40 on an average day and on Sunday we woke to this:






We couldn't believe our eyes! Overall we got about 6" and Keith had quite a time battling the ice covered car on Monday morning. Poor guy has to go to work before the sun comes up so he had to be creative. Once the snow stopped each neighbor on our block emerged, bundled with eyes gleaming, creating their own versions of Frosty. Later on in the day we braved the roads and did some grocery shopping, this gave us a chance to introduce Jack to his first snowflakes. He didn't seem to mind the cold and the snow didn't really catch his attention. 

From what I recall, this cold weather lasts through March and into April, right up to when the cherry blossoms begin to bloom. I hope we have some in our neighborhood, if not Jack and I will have fun going on cherry blossom seeking adventures.

This is Jack on January 27th, his five month birthday...




He's almost six months!?! Can you believe it!?! Wow how time flies...

P.S. Thanks Gram for the great slippers, they fit great and now we have super warm tootsies!