It snowed all day Saturday, laying down 10-12" all around the city. It's unusual for Richmond to get two snowfalls this big in one winter.
Xander took a four-hour nap (!!) and we let the kids stay up a little late to watch The Wizard of Ox, complete with popcorn. Reese opted out of the movie (but not the popcorn) but Griff and Xander were absolutely transfixed. Xander seems to think the movie is about Toto, though, and kept asking us to explain what was happening to the dog.
On Sunday Griff explored the yard, throwing snow in the air, throwing himself at the snow, leaving a network of tracks everywhere he went.
Reese, as per his usual, preferred to stay snug and warm inside.
We kept Xander inside, much to his chagrin, because he has the cold the rest of us had last week, and his cough doesn't sound good. He's also a little feverish. It stinks to tell an enthusiastic child that they can't go play in the snow.
The birds benefited from my remembering to fill the feeders on Friday. I benefited from their visits for food and from the snowy and melting surroundings.
I saw a blue jay, mockingbird, lots of chickadees and song sparrows and juncos, a pair of cardinals, a European starling, a tufted titmouse, one hairy woodpecker, and a redtailed hawk that swooped over the yard and scared everybody away for a moment.
Dan often takes the boys out to Barnes & Noble on the weekend to get a treat in the cafe and read books and play with trains in the children's section. Today B&N had to come to us, chocolate milk, coffee, train table, books, and all: