Last Friday we received a thick blanket of snow, which sparkled in Saturday's sunshine and called to the kids to come out and play. It was warm enough in the sun for the kids to be able to spend three busy hours playing and building in the snow.
Toby, coming in for a drink.
Sydney (in the middle) and Hope (on the right) build a fort with their friend Evangelyn. They found empty ice cream tubs to use as forms for their snow blocks.
The fort as it is today (Tuesday).
Mr. Edwards makes some repairs to one of our classic sleds.
I don't seem to have a picture of Lane in the snow, which is probably because he spent most of his time across the street building forts with the neighbor boys.
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Toby is now four and I'm beginning to see signs of him settling down during school hours. There was a time when I never dreamed he would sit for a project like this (see the picture below), but last week he decided to do it without any prompting!
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I've made a real effort since Christmas break to read more fiction, with mixed results. I've read some classics (such as Solzhenitsyn's Cancer Ward) as well as several mysteries from Dorothy Sayers and Agatha Christie. I've read some modern popular fiction, The Kite Runner and The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society, which I found surprisingly good. I tend to like old books better than newer ones, but in my effort to branch out, I intentionally sought out some recent best sellers. In this vein, I checked out The Elegance of the Hedgehog from the library. I read a few pages, but just don't care to bother with the rest, so I'm returning it unread.