Friday, February 29, 2008

Why We Live in Minnesota, Even in Winter

Pictures from our first big snowstorm of the season, December 6, 2007:

December 7, 2007: Below, Max and Mitchell show off the Christmas goodies they decorated at their Kids in the Kitchen community education class, courtesy of their wonderful teachers, Mrs. Sanders and Mrs. Foley. They made a Christmas tree out of an upside-down ice cream cone, constructed a snowman using giant marshmallows and pretzels, and a brought home a chocolate-dipped Christmas lollipop topped with a tiny candy.

December 8, 2007: Below, we were hoping for a warmer day, but with no pleasant forecasts in sight, we chose our Christmas tree on one of the chilliest days of the season. Since the nearby Schulz Tree Farm closed several years ago, each December we trek twenty-five minutes across town to cut down our own beautiful tree at Choose and Cut Fraiser Firs. However, this year, most of the trees were covered with ice from a recent storm, making it impossible to cut one down and haul it home without damaging the branches. So, we broke our dear tradition and choose a stately, eight-foot tall Frasier fir that was shipped here from somewhere else. We were almost too cold to enjoy the beauty of the afternoon, but Mitchell did enjoy cracking peanuts out of their shells and eating them while they baled our tree.

December 19, 2007: Below, images captured on a balmy morning, when there was hoarfrost everywhere. We marveled at fuzzy icicles, frost-covered spiderwebs, and even tiny pine needles.

December 19, 2007: Below, Max participated in the annual children's Christmas program during the evening midweek Advent service. Mitchell was not ready to join his friends at the front of the church this year, but he recently sang at the altar during a regular church service for the first time. Singing in front of three or four hundred people could be intimidating for many of us!

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