The first thing I learned from all the snow we recently were hit with is that is truly does make for a beautiful backdrop while taking pictures. Really! Mother Nature never disappoints in this regard. It also helps when you have beautiful children :)
The next thing I learned is you cannot always believe the forecasters. Our little area was "supposed" to get a dusting; an inch at the most. WRONG. We ended up with 3 inches. It was so cold that the snow was freezing as it fell to the ground. I left preschool to pick up my girls at 12:00 and made it home with both girls at 3:00. Usually that trip takes me 25 minutes round trip. After reading about the commutes of thousands of other people, I consider myself lucky. It was honestly one of the most horrendous commutes I've ever made and I prayed the entire time I was driving. I prayed for myself, all of the other commuters all over the state who were in a similar situation, and my husband, who ended up spending the night in a hotel because the traffic was beyond comprehension.
I learned that the squeals of laughter heard from my girls as they threw snowballs at one another is one of my new favorite sounds in the world.
I learned that sledding down our iced driveway is F-U-N. If our driveway is good for nothing else, it damn rocks at sledding. The other kids in our neighborhood caught on to this and joined us. (On a side note it has to be said that I purchased the sleds the girls are using back in 2011 after the last winter storm we had. Doug complained that I jinxed the entire state of Georgia and we'd never see snow again. I am still waiting for my apology.)
I learned that one of my children LOVES sledding.
I learned that one of my children mildly enjoyed sledding.
I learned that my neighbor bought her girls the BEST sleds ever from Walmart and that next year I will have to keep my eyes open for a couple to add to our collection.
I learned that pool floats actually make kick ass sleds. Seriously. One of our neighbors didn't have a sled so she brought her pool float. Man did that thing fly down the driveway! All the kids started taking turns on each other's sleds. I think Hadley actually enjoyed the pool float the best.
I learned that my Subaru, which has AWD (All Wheel Drive), is completely awesome in the snow. I felt completely confident taking turns and hills that I saw others were struggling to make. Best.Car.Ever.