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best snow day of all time

the last two weeks brought valentine's day, a week-long winter break for the girls, a busy week back to school and the best snow day in rich family history. school was cancelled, again, but this time even chip stayed home. we tromped to the park as the snow clouds and the sun took turns filling the sky, went sledding on plastic garbage sacks (hilarious and ridiculously fun), built snowmen and ice forts and made our way home with all three children frozen and sobbing. the next morning we made our way back to the park, armed with a real sled from a generous (pitying?) neighbor and more layers of random clothing.



chip's nine-foot snowman had been knocked down during the night, so he went to rebuilding, adding a wife and child while he was at it. aunt and uncle m + m (who, awesomely, live just one block away) joined us in the sledding and crashing and walking and building and snow-angeling. we ran into friends and we loved our park and our city and the snow. winter didn't seem so bad, in fact, it seemed magically perfect and everything i thought it should be as a child. i was glad to be in brooklyn. and to have a ton of delicious black bean brownies to snack on when we got home. protein intake via a brownie is pretty magical too.

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Snow days are the BEST! But it's March now and I don't have any more hopes of getting some.

March 3, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterChaucee

I, too, am a devotee of the black bean brownie. Last summer I made some for a friend who can't eat dairy, and I replaced the butter in my recipe with a half-and-half combo of coconut oil and spiced apple butter. The apple butter took them to a whole new magical place.

March 3, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterAndreae

You make living in a large city so magical, like living in a small town, it makes me want to live there!!

March 3, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterShantel

Black bean brownies?!!? I'm skeptical!

So much fun! Love those red and white leg warmers.

March 3, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterLasso the Moon

That looks like so much fun! We have done the plastic bag sledding thing here... not so comfortable. Also, I would love to know what recipe you use for your black bean brownies. The batch that I made- ewww. Yours must be better!

March 3, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterJenny Yarbrough

looks like you guys had a blast

March 3, 2010 | Unregistered Commenterhena tayeb

Flying snow angels..how cool!

March 3, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterGwen Grewe

katie it looks so fun!

March 3, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterPam

We've had 3 snow storms here in west Texas this winter. Last time we got 4 inches. That is quite rare. It was magical.

March 3, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterNatalee

this makes me almost miss the snow! How cute are your litte one's snow socks!

March 3, 2010 | Unregistered Commentersiobhan

Can you adopt me?

March 4, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterMonica

That's the spirit! I never know why people complain about a big fat load of fluffy white snow. Covers the dirt and paves the way for sledding in the city.

Love the leggings.


March 4, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterLisa Solar

What terrific pictures! A magical couple of days. :)

March 5, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterJuice

I absolutely love the legwarmers. What a blast.

March 5, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterTricia

We live right next to Prospect Park and the sledding that followed the storm was, indeed, the best ever. It's rare to have that much snow on the ground, and to have it be perfect for both sledding and snowman building! My daughter only wanted to go one day, though, and refused to go any other day which made me want to cry.

March 6, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterKiera

You could always move to Alaska. It's a winter wonderland many months out of the year! Lol

March 8, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterAKAndi

Pure perfect joys -- thank you.

March 9, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterAlicia P.

So lovely to see all that white snow. Such fun too! In the southern hemisphere we are still warming in the sun even though autumn has just begun.

March 13, 2010 | Unregistered Commenterfourleaves

I am an elementary art teacher, and your first photo instantly reminded me of a 1934 Agnes Tait painting called Skating in Central Park. The composition with the winter sky line and the little New Yorkers... Do a google image search - kind of interesting. I love your blog - it is a little bright spot in my day.

March 22, 2010 | Unregistered Commenterlorel

Wow! Wonderful pictures! I love the one that one of the beautiful girls are thrown up into the air!
Wonderful children... God bless them. x

March 26, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterKylie

Lovely photos!!!!
I love it so much, staying in Malaysia, I have NEVER witnessed snow..
Yes, sad, but true...
I will one day! When I have saved up enough money..

I hope you do not mind me asking..Do you photoshop your photos at all?

I Can't Sew

April 2, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterCheryn

wonderful pics!

May 27, 2010 | Unregistered Commenterkatilady

wow! the first picture is like a painting, an old Dutch or one from BelgiumĀ”

June 28, 2010 | Unregistered Commenterannetje

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I just love this time of the year. I think I could be the happiest person in winter, but I did not understand why you used the plastic garbage sacks?

June 21, 2011 | Unregistered Commenterjosh

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