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  Yes, the white stuff finally arrived at our house!  Our boys were getting very impatient, and truthfully, I was too.  It just doesn’t seem right that we had to wait until nearly February before we received any kind of measurable snowfall!  In fact, I only remember seeing snowflakes maybe once or twice this winter.  Ah, but all is forgiven now.  Our older boys were itching to get outside–I think they waited all of about a minute after I came downstairs before asking to go out, while still in their pajamas, no less.  I set about gathering their snowclothes and making sure everyone was adequately covered, and we all headed outside!  Our youngest son was less than impressed with the cold, white stuff, but the older two immediately set off in search of their sleds & snowshovels.  They even helped me shovel the driveway for a little while before the small hill in our front yard called them away.  Eventually they teamed up with some neighbor kids for a snowball fight, and all in all, it was a grand success.  Here’s a cute shot of my youngest two–as you can see, the little one was ready to get back inside!

Well, one of them was happy...

Well, one of them was happy...

 

  Our other big event of the past week was the Pinewood Derby.  Our oldest son is involved in Cub Scouts, and my husband (with rosy memories of Pinewood Derbies from his childhood) decided to volunteer to head up this year’s derby.  It all went well after  few small hiccups, but I don’t think he’ll be doing that again.  It was more time-consuming and involved more work than he expected, though he did admirably.  It’s no small feat to organize 68 cars and deal with a new track and temperamental computer software in the bargain.  The kids all had fun, though, as they always do!  Our son finished 19th overall, and we are so proud of his accomplishment!  He was 4th in his age group, which he found a bit disappointing because he just missed out on a trophy.  I somehow managed not to get a picture of him with his car, but here’s a few shots, and you can put two and two together:

I took this shot right after he took a big bite of his donut...

I took this shot right after he took a big bite of his donut...

 

The yellow car is ours!  The paint got a bit scratched after the practice runs, but our son was just thrilled that his Lego driver stayed on!

The yellow car is ours! The paint got a bit scratched, but at least the Lego driver stayed on!

 

All in all, everyone had a great time, though I think my husband is glad we have a whole year until the next one!