Hello! Here I am, checking in after a few months' absence. Life gets busy and sometimes that's just how it goes.
Lately the refrain around Portland was how this had been such a mild winter, with only one snow sprinkling on Christmas Eve. In late January and earlier this month we had our annual February Fake-out where Spring teased us with a visit. It was glorious. Then we had a little snow a couple of days ago. This morning it started snowing as the kids were getting ready for school. We got one kid all the way to school, only to decide the conditions were getting worse, pull her out of class and take her back home. Lots of playing in the snow and screen time today.
Did any of you watch the Olympic Ice Dancing last night? It was AMAZING! Gianna kept asking me if I wished the winning Canadian pair were Americans. I don't care where they are from, they were the best and fully deserved gold. This is the first year we have watched the Olympics with the kids. We aren't sports watchers and I think this is the first time they've watched televised sports. Their minds have been blown by the skaters, skiers, bobsledders, snowboarders, everyone! Its been really fun to watch them discover it all.
My favorite parts of the day, so far (it's only 5pm), have been watching the snow fall, researching restaurants for an upcoming trip, and counting five visits to our feeder from the male Downy Woodpecker. It always feels special when he or his lady pay us a visit. They never visit together or even on the same day. Maybe she's not his lady?
I've got a Chicken Mushroom Pea Carrot Skillet Pie in the oven right now. It's snowing. Time to light the wood stove and make a gin-based cocktail. Happy Tuesday, Friends!