Snow Castles

When building a castle of snow, one must first determine the ideal location. Now, it is my experience that, for the purposes of defending oneself, a hill top is preferred. While this will make for getting to the location, for the purposes of construction, more difficult, it will work to your advantage in the end.

Saarah and Tevye decided to heed this advice when undertaking the task of snow-based construction yesterday afternoon. Saarah experienced a great deal of difficulty in getting to the construction site initially, as the snow has become quite deep. While it’s nowhere near what we had last  year, when you’re Teeny Tiny, such as Saarah is, anything more than a few centimeters proves to be quite a challenge. In the 10 meters she had to walk, I believe she fell on her bum 3 times. She didn’t seem to mind though, which makes it okay for me to find it hilarious. I know, my love knows no bounds. I am, without a doubt, the most sympathetic, compassionate, and saintly father the world has ever known!

See, what did I tell you? There she is, sitting down on the job once again! My goodness, there’s slackers, and then there’s Saarah.

The two of them did eventually make it to the job site, and began construction.

Now, from the way they were going on about these castles that they had intention to build, one might expect a mighty fortress, capable of protecting the dear residents of our beloved town. I’d have expected thick, strong walls, able to withstand a fierce attack from hoards of angry Vikings, livid Mongols, or whichever group currently has our number.

Damn it, Tevye! This is serious business, and here you are chuckling about how funny you find the word “soup”. While I agree that it’s a peculiar sounding word, especially if you’ve had a few drinks, this is neither the time or the place. And do you mean to tell me that you’ve been drinking on the job?! Good grief.

Once we had a little chat about alcoholism and serious hazards of being intoxicated on a construction site, he resumed working.

For ages they remained steadfast, working until they could no longer feel their fingers or toes, building a structure that the townsfolk could be proud of, and feel secure inside. Actually, I  have no idea. I went inside and drank coffee and left them outside for three hours. Now before you think I’m a terrible parent, you should know that there is a very angry dog that lives in the house behind us, which I’m certain would protect my darling children.

Oh fine, I stayed outside, ignoring the nice warm coffee that awaited me upon my return. The castles turned into little more than a small pile of snow with a stick, stuck in the top, presumably to signify a flag pole.

Well Jeez Louise, Saarah, if you hadn’t spent so much time trying to catch snowflakes on your tongue, maybe you would have had a cooler castle. Oh well, there’s always next time.

Also, if you want a better chance at success, when it comes to catching snowflakes, perhaps you should stick your tongue straight out, instead of up towards your nose.



6 Responses to “Snow Castles”
  1. christine says:

    What fun! We have been oddly snow-free this year. Just a few little snow showers with a few inches here and there. Very, very atypical winter. And Alice always asks to make a snowman on the day after the snow when it is (oddly) 45 degrees and it is all melting… poor girl.

    • We’ve had a shockingly warm winter this year, and significantly less snow as well. Normally it’s never above the freezing mark through January and February, but this year has been ridiculous.

      I feel bad for the kids when we can’t get outside and play, especially when it’s because everything is just wet and gross.

      Oh well, maybe next year will be better.

  2. I just really enjoy your blog, your kids are adorable and your sense of humour is awesome!
    Sounds like a lot of fun in your corner of the globe 🙂

    • Well gosh, if that comment doesn’t make a fella blush, I don’t know what does. Thanks so much.

      It’s great fun, especially when we get to be outside during the whole 30 minutes of summer we receive each and every year!

  3. KL says:

    Snow… I miss snow… Sydney’s weather forecast for March is rain EVERY day! Arrggghhh. It’s supposed to be summer, but we missed out on it completely this year. At least for the first time in about 30 years, our damns are full and there are no water restrictions 🙂 If I had a garden made of more than just weeds and mud, it would happy with the current weather pattern I suppose.

    Your kids are just so gorgeous and fun!

    • When we lived on the west coast, there would be months like that. I remember a few years back when it rained, at least part of the day, for 47 days straight. It was quite something.

      At least there’s no water restrictions. That’s a plus!

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