While the rest of England (and supposedly the rest of Europe) have been drowning snow, suffering a 'big freeze' cold enough that we've been put on Amber alert, my street has had a mere sprinkling of the white stuff.
I love snow, people hate it but where we live the transport is so good (usually) that if I can't drive we can still usually get either a bus, train, tube, boat, tram, etc and rarely have to wait more than 1/2 an hour even in arctic conditions. So we love it. Christmas was so mild it didn't even feel like Christmas.
Last week when the rest of the country was struggling we had so little that when I asked Jakob if he wanted to go out and play he looked at it, looked back at me and went 'nah'. He usually loves snow.
So this morning we were happily surprised to find a white blanket covering the garden :) I was meant to be in university today but didn't end up going due to Joshua being ill. I think he has some sort of eye infection - green gunk oozing out etc. We are going to see our pharmacist later and speak to him.
We spend the morning inside in the warm and made a waldorf inspired window star originally seen here . I did most of the cutting and folding and Jakob used the scraps of tissue paper to practice his cutting and folding! But still the outcome was better than I thought it would be.
As you can see when we do things like this we do a lot of improv. The tissue paper weren't the exact colours I wanted - but they were cheap. We didn't have pritstick like the originally tutorial so I used a little PVA in a tuppaware lid.
After we had done this Joshua went for a sleep so I decided to take Jakob into the garden for some fun in the snow.
We made a snowman, with an ice cream scoop and a bowel with bits of sticks for eyes! lol. Jakob had a lot of fun packing the snow in and tipping it out.
Jakob collected some leaves so I put them around the edges of the bowl and packed it with snow so that when we tipped it up they stayed around the edge.
Then I hid one of the leaves in the middle of the snow and when we tipped it up the leaf was gone so Jakob had a lot of fun jumping and stomping to break up the snow and find the leaf.
As we were out there Ian came outside to chop up some wood for the fire, and Jakob wanted to help. He also collected some twigs and wanted daddy to cut up his twigs for him.
Jakob said he wanted to cut the snow, so I went and got a tuppaware pot and his knife and packed the snow as hard as I could into the pot and he spent ages cutting through it, and once it was messed up i'd pat the snow down again so it was hard and he could start again.
I started to come inside but Jakob didn't want to so he spent a long time outside with his dad in the snow, scooping it back into the bowl and tipping it out.
When he finally came in he wanted to play with the tissue paper again, so I poured out a little of the PVA glue and gave him some card and paper and tore up the tissue paper so he has been sticking that now :)