Tuesday, February 26, 2013

Snow!

By noon yesterday they had declared our county a "state of emergency" along with several others. They cancelled school by 5:00, and even the university had closed down at lunchtime. A big storm was coming, and they expected power outages, blizzards, and about 6 inches of snow here in town. 
We really never believe them. So many times we've been buckled down for the storm, and it never comes. 
I braved the herds of people at Wal-Mart on Sunday evening, but it was purely because we were out of milk (which IS a state of emergency in our house!), and happened upon snow boots on clearance, so I grabbed a couple pairs just in case (which is the exact moment that I knew there would be no snow - Newton's Law and all...). 
But last night it got windy. 
And then it got cold.
And then big flakes started falling, and I was thinking to myself "oh crap."
 This is what it looked like by the time we put the kids to bed at 8:30ish.
 So we buckled down for the night, flashlights where we could find them, extra blankets, and fully charged phones.
 As you can tell, animals KNOW when trouble is a brewin'...
 And had I realized that, I wouldn't have been surprised when i woke up to almost NO snow in the back yard! 
SO, as the einsteins woke up, I recommended that we go play while the snow was still there, and we began our hour long ritual of dressing for the snow.
And by all means, by the time we were done digging out snow pants and re sizing them, and swapping them out for bigger ones, and getting the right size gloves, and tucking in socks and shirts and gloves, we. looked. fab.
(And THANK YOU, Heidi of 2012, for buying EVERY size of snow glove on clearance last spring for $1 each! I think we're good fo' LIFE!)

 And out we went!
(with jacked up contacts - so please excuse the out-of-focus photos...they seemed alright at the {blurry} time...)
















 It wasn't too long until the little einstein wanted to go in and eat breakfast while big einstein wanted to finish up the two snowbabies, so we ate blueberry bread and had hot cocoa and watched out the window at God's beautiful canvas of snow and sister.
 ...and then she wandered in, red nosed and hungry...
 ...and baby J stopped by to say hello during his first-ever-in-life state of emergency...
 After he left for a nap, the kiddos began a morning of silly photos and endless giggling.
(My GOSH i cant wait to see THOSE pictures!)
 We got dressed (everyone had to wear blue, green, and black today - don't ask why - we have no idea.), and played a round of Monopoly Jr. before heading out into the world to meet hubby for lunch.
Have a happy snow day, everyone!!

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Saturday, February 23, 2013

Our smallest photog.

Some evenings in the winter are just warm enough for a few hours to be outside doing outside-ish things. And as you well know, as soon as one of these days arrives, you'll know it because the einsteins are shoved outside to play and are not to come back in until their feet are tired, their faces dirty, and their momma's cold (which, let's face it - I get cold anytime it drops below 68.75 degrees. With a jacket. I'm a wuss, I know.)
So anyway, one of these afternoons arrived and the kids were dragged outside to play. After the scooters and sidewalk chalk, and bikes, and pogo sticks, and golf were exhausted, we decided to take a photo walk. We do these pretty often, actually, but this particular walk included daddy and our friend, Ethan!
My baby

My punkin
 We started off down the street and these were the things that the littlest einstein captured...

{This lady must really love him.}

{This truck was driving by. He looked a little confused as to why a little boy was taking his photo. I bet he went the speed limit after that! ;)}

{The beloved shark car, who came along for a ride in a little pocket in some little jeans, and was taken out to model this lovely driveway. :) }

{A scooter!}

{A daddy! Who was taking a photo of...}
 US!
(Not an Evan original)
(Back to the Evan Originals..)

{An OSU yard stake}

{crooked mail boxes}

{water meter}

{gas meter}

{Fire hydrant}

{truck}

{treetop}

{sister's camera bag}

{winter tree}

{I'm just not sure...}

{newspaper/camera strap}

{street lamp}

{basketball goal}

{safer news}

{a winter-surviving plant!}

{water meter keyhole}

{kinda psychedelic, no?}

{apparently we love these}

{ding dong!}

Sister already deleted hers :( I would have liked to see them so I could comapre POVs, but I'm sure we'll get another chance soon.
I love seeing the world from 3feet and 8 inches off the ground. 

{mommy}

{daddy}

{daddy's legs}

{sister}

All original photos copyright 2013, Evan Castro Photography.
;D

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