A snowy Saturday

 

Bekah is dressed like Laura Ingalls as we head out to Krispy Kreme

We had already determined that Saturday (2/26) was going to be our trip to Krispy Kreme to redeem our Valentine ‘free doughnut’ coupons, and then it snowed – again. We bundled up, drove to North Seattle, fed our fat cells, and then headed out for a walk.

Fun family morning!

Snowy streets

All loaded up snug as bugs!

Yummm!

The boys

The girls (and the dog)

Feeling daring with her rubber boots on, Ashley descends into the partially frozen ditch.

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Sunday’s bizarre weather

We awoke to this:

Over-looking our street, taken from our bedroom window

Over-looking our neighborhood, taken from our bedroom window

Taken out another bedroom window

Taken out another bedroom window

And six hours later…

Same view just hours later

Same view just hours later

What wacky weather – and the 30 mile an hour winds aren’t even visible in this photo! Hope your Sunday was blessed!

His Glorious Creation on Christmas Day

Bow Hill Rest Area

Bow Hill Rest Area

I-5

I-5

Bow Hill/Samish area

Bow Hill/Samish area

Snow-capped majesty

Snow-capped majesty

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Entering Bellingham

Entering Bellingham

Entering Ferndale

Entering Ferndale

Approaching the frozen Nooksack River

Approaching the frozen Nooksack River

What an awesome drive…

Christ Jesus is born! Christmas Day…

 

This year’s Christmas celebration followed our typical pattern. Stockings were hung, Mom and Dad dropped into bed far too late, and the kids woke early and ready to go. After stockings, we got some orange danishes ready to go and moved to the living room where Baby Jesus lay in the ‘manger’ under the tree. We read the Nativity Story, opened gifts in a somewhat organized manner, then started getting ready to hit the road. Typically we have more time after gift opening, but this year the snow was piling up fast and we knew we needed to get out if we were going to! Willie had purchased a ham in case we ended up having to stay home, but I really wanted to celebrate with the Bodgers. By 10:30, we were on the snowy roads and headed to grandmother’s house.

 

Our stockings

Our stockings

Once the kids woke up (AND there was daylight), they race downstairs and get their stockings to bring up to our bed.

Quaking with excitement

Quaking with excitement. Of course, the dog has to be in the center of the action.

Jordan got his first Webkinz of Christmas - 'Bernie'

Jordan got his first Webkinz of Christmas - 'Bernie'

 

Ashley received a Daughter necklace

Ashley received a Daughter necklace

 

Bekah sports her new Fab-u-lus sunglasses from High School Musical

Bekah sports her new Fab-u-lus sunglasses from High School Musical

Our Christmas Tree
Our Christmas Tree
Ugg-like boots

Ashley's most-desired gift: Ugg-like boots

Jordan got TWO remote control cars!

Jordan got TWO remote control cars!

This girl is crazy about dolphins!

This girl is crazy about dolphins!

Mommy got a mug from Ashley - a snowman!

Mommy got a mug from Ashley - a snowman!

Willie enjoyed our breakfast treats - he only got clothes...

Willie enjoyed our breakfast treats - he only got clothes...

We were leaving?!

We were leaving?!

Then it was shower time and a race to hit the road…

What we were greeted by when we hit the 'main street' heading to the freeway.

What we were greeted by when we hit the 'main street' heading to the freeway.

I-5 behind three snowplows

I-5 behind three snowplows

Quite the potty break traipsing through the snow

Quite the potty break traipsing through the snow

 Our travels took us through some glorious areas of God’s creation. They are so amazing I’ll dedicate the next post to them exclusively, but here are a couple more…

Arriving in Bellingham

Arriving in Bellingham

Jordan loves on all his new Webkinz - he got four new ones that morning

Jordan loves on all his new Webkinz - he got four new ones that morning

 

We didn't expect snow at Grandma's sea level home - but there was plenty

We didn't expect snow at Grandma's sea level home - but there was plenty

 

 

 

Don, Jason & Josh

The boys: Don, Jason & Josh

 

The kids watch Kung Fu Panda (Jordan, Bekah, Kendra, Ashley)

The kids watch Kung Fu Panda (Jordan, Bekah, Kendra, Ashley)

 

 

 

 

The kids congregate around Daddy and Dolly the dog

The kids congregate around Daddy and Dolly the dog

Bekah and Dolly. A little blurry but too cute to pass up!

Bekah and Dolly. A little blurry but too cute to pass up!

 

My guys play with the remote control cars - to them it might matter what kind of cars they are. Me? Don't remember.

My guys play with the remote control cars - to them it might matter what kind of cars they are. Me? Don't remember.

Presents at Grandma’s…

Bekah got Polly Pockets!

Bekah got Polly Pockets!

Jordan gets his seemingly annual Hot Wheels tracks

Jordan gets his seemingly annual Hot Wheels tracks

 

Ashley got her favorite, new clothes!

Ashley got her favorite, new clothes!

 

Josh helps Jordan put the tracks together - sans directions. Who needs 'em?

Josh helps Jordan put the tracks together - sans directions. Who needs 'em?

 

Ashley, Tera, Kendra, Christy, Jin (Tera's friend), and Willie

The gang: Ashley, Tera, Kendra, Christy, Jin (Tera's friend), and Willie

Don with his fake hair - hair attached to a hat

Don with his fake hair - hair attached to a hat

 

Bekah and Grandma Yogi - Grandma finally sits.

Bekah and Grandma Yogi - Grandma finally sits.

What a fun day, and we even made it all the way home and into our driveway despite an entire day of snowfall in Lynnwood!

Christmas Eve with the Mansfields

Cheers!
Cheers!

The Mansfields came to our house this year  for our annual Christmas Eve celebration. Willie made dinner of Enchiladas, beans, salad, chips, salsa, and smoothies. It was quite a hit with the kids – and the adults, too.

Once dinner was over, we were hoping the kids would put on a 1st Christmas show for us, but we never could talk them into it. Instead, the adults chatted and the kids went and played as they sort of contemplated the show. They got as far as finding a baby Jesus and  manger, but got slightly side-tracked when they turned Katie into a reindeer… Maybe next year.

Rachel, Willie and Ashley just hanging out
Rachel, Willie and Ashley just hanging out
Katie and Bekah
Katie and Bekah
The Boys

The Boys

Jordan and Bekah

Jordan and Bekah

Then it was time to exchange family gifts. This year we did family games…
The Bodger kiddos

The Bodger kiddos

Jordan, Bekah, Ashley, Katie, Rachel and Matthew
Jordan, Bekah, Ashley, Katie, Rachel and Matthew
Silly!
Silly!
Hmmm...

Hmmm...

Mansfield gift
Mansfield gift
Bodger gift

Bodger gift

Pile on Willie
Pile on Willie
Happy Birthday, Jesus
Happy Birthday, Jesus!

Once we’d sung for Jesus and had our dessert, we all settled in to watch Miracle on 34th Street as snow continued to fall. John had to leave early to run media at the Christmas Eve service. When it was time for Sherice and the kids to leave… Sherice, who isn’t a fan of our driveway on a clear day, really experienced the best of it!

Willie went out to check on Sherice and found her spinning her wheels. He grabbed a shovel and started digging.
Willie went out to check on Sherice and found her spinning her wheels. He grabbed a shovel and started digging.
It took about 15 minutes, making church impossible, but eventually they made it out!
It took about 15 minutes, making church impossible, but eventually they made it out!

Merry Christmas!

Weather update

Wow! We’ve gotten hammered, and winter has just begun. We’ve had snow on the ground for 10 days now, and more is forcast for Christmas Eve. It definitely looks like a mountain retreat around here, with areas that were cleared a few days ago now sporting 10 inches of snow on them!

Our driveway Sunday evening

Our driveway Sunday evening

Our neighborhood at noon today. Willie had just driven the car to the main street for me - I had gotten stuck in the driveway.

Our neighborhood at noon today. Willie had just driven the car to the main street for me - I had gotten stuck in the driveway.

The view of our neighbor's house as we backed out of the driveway. This is a TON of snow for our area.

The view of our neighbor's house as we backed out of the driveway. This is a TON of snow for our area.

Weather around us

As we were heading out for our Santa pictures this afternoon, I couldn’t quite put a finger on what I was reminded of – until it struck me: The scene around me reminded me of a trip to the mountains. Roads covered with ice. Filthy cars all around. Icicles hanging from all parts of vehicles. It was amazing.

Roads around town - just prior to I-5 onramp at 36th and 196th here in Lynnwood

Roads around town - just prior to I-5 onramp at 36th and 196th here in Lynnwood

Icicles hanging from our rooftop - in 5 years, I've never seen this

Icicles hanging from our rooftop - in 5 years, I've never seen this

It really does say 13 degrees

It really does say 13 degrees

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