14 January 2013

Yikes, it's cold out there!

I think we have had more than our fair share of cold this year.  Our overnight low was -21 and it was -16 when the kids left for school this morning. As I type, the temperature still hasn't reached 0.  Let's hope we make it to our projected high of 8 degrees today.  I am very thankful that our furnace is working.  Our little house is very toasty right now.

The other day, as I was sitting in the car with the kids in back, waiting for daddy to run an errand inside a store, I was trying to stay relaxed and fighting the urge to bang two heads together in the back seat.  To distract myself from the insanity, I started watching the snowflakes falling on the windshield.  They were like mini paper cut out snowflakes.  The kids and I had recently read a book about snowflakes and we knew that each one was different, but I had never seen snowflakes that actually looked like that.  I guess I thought you had to look through a microscope or something.  I think Wyoming snow has been driven by the wind so much, it doesn't look so pretty when it lands.  Anyway, this is the first time I noticed individual snowflakes looking like the snowflakes we draw or cut out or hang on our Christmas tree. When my husband returned to the car I pointed them out to him and he hadn't noticed snow flakes looking like that either.

A few days later, we noticed the same kind of snowflakes on our car as we were going someplace, so I ran back into the house to get my camera.  The pictures are a bit fuzzy because the flakes really are small.

Now I'm just waiting for some nicer weather so I can go cross country skiing!


  1. Wonderful captures of these flakes. It can be hard to get those details! Glad to hear someone else sometimes suffers from parental insanity :)

  2. How beautiful! How neat that hubby pointed them out to you so you could share with us. :)

  3. OH my gosh...they are so beautiful!! Amazing...

  4. They ARE beautiful. I don't think they always look line this, I agree weather conditions can change them, but when you have a chance to see them like this it's purely magical!

  5. WOW. Those pictures are beautiful. We typically get a lot of snow but we had gone a record breaking 355 days without snow...as soon as February hit, we've gotten snow but I still haven't seen snow flakes like that. They are beautiful. How funny that you discovered them as a means of distracting yourself from your back seat passengers :)