Baltimore Blizzard 2016

Well, we survived the Blizzard of 2016.  And actually it was one of my favorite weekends ever.  The week before the blizzard was full of excitement, the snow was all anyone could talk about.  We ran around getting stocked up on food, books, and movies and spending as much time outside of our house as possible knowing we'd be cooped up for a few days.  They canceled school on Friday which was kind of silly since the snow wasn't even forecasted to start until late Friday afternoon, but I suppose it was good to be safe.  We had a fun morning with friends then came home to make cookies and wait for the snow.  It was fun to text my mom and my sister who live further south and hear about the storm making its way up to us.  Finally around 4:30pm it started snowing.  

When we went to bed at midnight we had gotten a few inches and the snow was really coming down. 

By the next morning we'd gotten 8 or 9 inches, and the girls thought that we were in Arendelle!  

It snowed hard all day long and was super windy.  The roof above our porch is flat and the snow was really piling up so Bryan had to climb out on the roof a few times to shovel the snow off.  We went outside for a little while, but it was really a miserable day.  It was much more fun to stay inside eating soup, cookies and snow cream while reading, watching movies, and playing games.  I also spent part of the afternoon painting the trim in our hallway.  

This is the last picture I took at 4:30 Saturday afternoon, exactly 24 hours after the storm started.  It was hard to measure exactly how much snow we got since it was so windy and the snow blew all over, but at BWI Airport they measured 29 inches, the most ever recorded from one storm in Baltimore.

Sunday morning was sunny and beautiful.  They plowed our street which created a huge snow drift we had to shovel away from our driveway.  Bryan did a vast majority of the shoveling but that doesn't mean I'm not incredibly sore from the little bit of shoveling I did.  The girls had a ball running and climbing and sliding in the snow, and when Mattie got tired of the running she just sat and held a little snow baby.  

We came in to snuggle for a bit and have lunch then later in the afternoon went back out to play.  Mattie gets cold pretty quickly but Jilly can stay out there sledding for hours.

Bryan went back to work on Monday, but I wasn't quite ready to brave the only half-plowed streets.  We lounged around the house and played outside a bit too.  By Tuesday afternoon we were big time stir crazy so the girls and I escaped our house to go to the library.  There is still a ton of snow around and school and church activities are still canceled (they haven't been able to plow all the parking lots yet.)  Right now it feels like we'll never get back to normal life, but maybe one day all this snow will melt away.


Shauna said...

Sounds crazy and fun! What a cute family!