In case you missed the news this week, Maine got hammered by a huge snowstorm. It started snowing around 3 a.m. on Monday morning and, as I write this at 4:00 p.m. on Tuesday, it’s still snowing, but just a light, misty snowfall now.

The children had two snow days in a row and, boy oh boy, were there some happy faces around here! They drank hot chocolate and worked on a Christmas puzzle. The snow buried our back steps so Frank smoothed it out, making it into a ramp. You can simply put your sled just inside the back door, jump on board, “wiggle your butt” (as Max said), and off you go! Frank opened up the back gate so children sledding out the backdoor can zip right though the gate and onto the driveway. I haven’t tried it yet, but I will!

We got over a foot of snow here and we’re pretty much buried. The boys spent the morning digging out the cars. Zach’s is where the snow drifted by the fence and, since his car is white, you can’t see it very well. It looks like somebody pushed gallons of snow onto and around his car. Ha ha.

The big kids played football in the slushy church parking lot today while Alyssa took Max sledding at the park. I had lunch with a friend here in town, which was a rare treat. She brought her daughter and Ali and Matt F. tagged along with me. Mason stayed home with Daddy because it’s a bit too chilly and slippery for a baby to be venturing out.

I’m home and warm and dry now, curled up in the bedroom with my laptop. The mantle in our room is lit with Christmas lights and a garland and Mason is cuddled up and napping contentedly next to me. He’s even snoring a little baby snore. It’s still early, but it’s already dark outside here. It gets dark around 4:00 p.m. in Bangor this time of year. It won’t start to brighten earlier in the day until after the winter solstice, which will be in a couple of weeks. I actually like these short winter days. Thank heavens I don’t have a “real job” so I don’t have to get out in the cold very often.

I put it off too long this year but I’ve finally almost finished my Christmas shopping. I spent Saturday and Monday nights doing some marathon online shopping. Wish I could tell you some of the funny stuff I found for the kids and Richard…but I can’t because they all read this column. This year, I asked Santa to reupholster our living room sofa and chair for me. Yes, that’s really on my list. I also asked for some new, warm socks and a large, outdoor projector (so we can project a huge Christmas message on the side of our house for oncoming traffic).

This Week’s Maxism:

Max was singing a song that you have perhaps heard your children playing on their Ipods. It’s by a man singing about how much he likes big butts and that he can not lie. Max was singing that song the other day in the kitchen.

I was startled and asked, “Did you just say you like big butts?”

He replied, “Yeah.”

He then smiled sweetly and continued, “Its okay. You have a big butt, Mommy.”

Hugs to all!


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