It has been a snowflake flurry of activity around here, and although I have much to write, it really is just too much to get into one post, but there are pictures of cake and candles and snow to share, and oh! there's a winner from the Kohl's contest at the bottom of this post.
First of all--and most importantly--a certain lovable, adorable, feisty little Jules turned two this morning. We had a party for her yesterday, and even though the roads were slick and icy and it was not quite safe for people to be out driving, we didn't have to worry about people driving (except Jason's parents who drove the 12-mile distance very safely). We invited all the Family Farm Folks, and they all put on their winter coats and walked over.
Lo and behold, you get all the Family Farmers together and that's 18 people. Oh yes. We can do parties.
Jules is probably going to grow up thinking that candy canes are shaped in an J just for her name. I am going to grow up rejoicing that I can use candy canes as a birthday decoration.
Since my camera ran out of batteries, and because I can't seem to multitask party managing and taking pictures, Sarah was a gem and took beautiful photos for me (check out her blog for more lovely seasonal photos). No matter that she was expecting to give birth to my nephew on the day of the party; she's a super trooper and perhaps Baby is holding out for a Christmas birthday.
Oh, and yes, that is a big long string of slobber you seen descending from Jules's mouth onto the cake. She was committed to blowing those candles out. Quite.
I scooped off the slobber, and well, we're all family, so we mostly at the cake anyway. Nevertheless, it was a good thing I also made cupcakes.
Especially since Jules didn't really want to share her cake.
Presents make for a good distraction from all the cake eating.
Next year *fingers crossed* Jules' birthday party will be the very first birthday party we have in our new house. Not only that, but it will be the very first time I will host a birthday party in my own home. I can hardly imagine it.
Next year, however, I hardly suspect there will be nearly a foot of snow on the ground like there is right now. I know all you Snow People smirk at our usual 2 inches of snow, but seriously. We have snow. It literally snowed all day long yesterday. And then we had freezing rain. And then more snow. And tonight? More snow. All this week? More snow. It's unreal.
Of course, no one owns a snow plow around here, so the roads are just as white as can be. Andrea, Sarah and I escaped the farm for a couple hours and went to Barnes and Noble (I GOT TO DRIVE), and we couldn't stop remarking at how insane this snow storm is. Did I say it's unreal? I did? Well, it is. Unreal.
Fortunately, the mule does a pretty good job of getting us around in the snow.
There is much joy to be found in sledding.
Much joy, indeed.
And finally, a winner for the Kohl's $50 gift card. I loved reading all your Christmas wishes. It made me want to go on Amazon and buy you all presents. If only I were independently wealthy.
As it is, though, just one winner, and Randomizer.org picked comment #7:
Congratulations, John! Maybe you thought by flying west for Christmas you'd escape the east coast blizzards, but it was not to be. Hope you enjoy your vacation out here.
So, there you go. Parties, snowballs, and winners. Hooray for it all.
But mostly, hooray for you, Jules. You're two. Loves from Mama.