Do you want to build a snowman?

I love winter. I love winter a lot. There’s snow and hot chocolate and sweaters and all of those freezing, exhilarating and totally awesome activities that come with winter. Of course there is also the crippling cold, which was perfectly illustrated by the sub-zero temperatures a few weeks ago. And you know how you usually want to move to Florida when it’s cold? That wasn’t even an option because it was below 40 there…totally not worth it. My favorite winter activity is skiing, but that will have to be in a different blog because this one, as the title might suggest, is about snowmen and other snowy things. Oh also, there’s a bit (okay, a lot) of bragging in this post…sorry not sorry.

Building snowmen and snow structures has become somewhat of a tradition with my family. It started out quite normally with my dad teaching us how to build snowmen when we were little. We built normal sized snow people with winter hats and stick arms and all the usual stuff. And then…we got creative. Snowmen became snow sculptures, like forts for snowball fights and jumps for sledding. It further evolved to snow sculptures like sharks and other animals. This one time, my sister Laura built the White Witch, (yes, the one from Narnia) crown, sled, polar bears and all. It. Was. Awesome.

My family actually became famous this one time when it snowed on St. Patrick’s Day. We took full advantage of the snow day and built a ginormous snowman in our front yard. It was a good 10-11 feet tall, right in front of our house, which was on a relatively busy street. To this day, I honestly don’t even know how we got the pieces on top of one another because they were so big and heavy! Anyway, we decked it out in green, in honor of the day, with a bowler cap, scarf and a large four-leaf clover on its chest, which we dyed with food coloring. Minutes after we finished, a reporter man pulled into our driveway, climbed out and asked if he could take our picture for the newspaper. And the next day, there it was, on the front page of our town paper. Seriously was one of the proudest moments of my life, not even kidding.

This habit of building things doesn’t end in the winter, it easily carries over to the summertime, when we go to the beach and do the exact same thing. Sand is a little bit trickier but we end up making things that are just as cool. Off the top of my head, we’ve made an alligator, a shark, a lobster and a battleship on the beach. And they’re not little things either, I think they’ve all been at least 7 feet long. I’m certainly not taking credit for these things because most of what I end up doing is piling sand/snow and then cutting it away to make a general shape. The whole process is definitely a family project and I give full artistic credit to my father and my siblings. They make the magic happen, I just pile soil into big mounds.

So that is the whole of my snow building story and my ending is pretty anti-climactic but that seems to be a theme around this blog. Hope you enjoyed and please keep coming back! You are my favorite. 🙂