Since I can hardly stand to be outside in this weather, I sent Jason outside to document the Arctic tundra that surrounds us.
Oh, all right. So it's not Arctic, exactly. But it's close. If only we had polar bears. Nice ones. Not the kinds that would eat you up.
Here's the creek that flows through our backyard. The sheet of ice covering the creek is actually not strong enough for us to walk on, but it's still pretty amazing that it froze over at all. As a by-the-way...do you see that cliff on the far side of the picture? We live about 100 feet up from it.
The girls think the ice is quite the novelty. I'm just happy that they can stand to be out in the cold for more than five minutes. Last year, we got a super deal on their winter coats that still fit them this year (and will probably still fit them even next year). This year, we got a super deal on their winter pants that keep their legs toasty warm.
I'm all about toasty warm clothes.
I'm also, as you can see, all about making my girls look like big pink marshmallows. That's the consequence of having a girly-girl mom: very few gender neutral clothes for us.
Julianne wasn't absolutely sure about walking on the ice. She hung out on the Tom Sawyer raft for awhile, until she finally worked up the courage to take a step out. Even now I'm not sure that she thinks walking on ice is a good idea...and I'm okay with that.
Aside from ice...
...Mt. Hood from my car window, as I was driving back from school this week.
...Lemon rosemary shortbread cookies that I made for my Irish lit students. On our last day of class I brought yummy treats and gave them all a copy of Angela's Ashes. It really was a dream come true to teach this class. The school will soon be hiring a full-time faculty member to take over the lit courses from the adjuncts, so I doubt I'll get to teach another lit class for a long time, but that's okay. I'm just so thankful I had the opportunity for this semester.
Also? Those cookies were darn tasty.
Probably the biggest news of the week, however, is this:
Miss Sydneykins got her ears pierced.
She and I were both quite nervous about it, but neither one of us cried too many tears. Yes, indeed, she's a big girl now.