Meanderings and activities of Steve and Janet and their ever growing family: 16 adults and 26 children
The Energizer Cowboys who kept things humming at the reunion
These kids know how to have fun!
Wednesday, January 27, 2010
Fasting and Prayers are answered with SNOW and more SNOW
When you live in the desert, it's just like being an Idaho dry farmer, you are always praying for moisture, and this winter our prayers were answered. We have had a record setting winter this year.
The LDS Stakes in Blanding fasted for moisture on Dec. 4, and we've had snow on the ground ever since. The first two pictures were taken Dec. 8. Steve has done a lot more shoveling since then (as in driveways, walks, and chicken coop roof . We have had a few wonderful sky blue days between storms when it truly looked like a winter wonderland.
We slipped up to SLC for a few days between storms for a family party the "northern" kids had organized. It was lots of fun, with crafts, good food, and a pinata. There were 27 of us there. It was wonderful to have so many of us together again.
This was taken the night of our 42nd Anniversary, so we didn't go anywhere to celebrate! The weather was very cold for 3 weeks, seldom getting above freezing, so the snow just piled up higher and higher.
Anthony and Ashley came for visits both before and after Christmas, and the kids had fun sleigh riding, and playing in the snow, as did the "big" kids. Grandma just took photos. It was a beautiful day, right after a storm, and lots of Blanding people were up at the 4th Reservoir the day after Christmas. Rob, Kathryn, and Ethan joined us for a wild rollicking day with tubes and sleighs.
President's Day weekend (Jan. 15-17), Amy and Andrew's family came down and Steve, Andrew, Rob and kids went ice fishing several times. They caught enough to eat for one of the meals while they were here. It was wonderful having them come (and very entertaining). We celebrated Mattea's birthday while they were here. She is five now.
Finally in January it started to warm up a bit. I've lost track of the number of storms, but they've been big ones, with lots of white fluffy stuff--at least until last week's when it was white heavy, wet snow. It was a huge storm and very wet. It started the 17th and snowed until the 19th.
I think we got about 40" during the two days it stormed. I feel like I've been in a snow cave, especially now that the roof is sending down avalanches and partially covering the windows in the kitchen.
It is forecast to storm again tonight with up to 8 more inches. Stay tuned for more "weather" from Blanding, one of the few "dry" towns in Utah! (What do forcasters know--it hardly snowed at all last night, but did rain.)