Sunday, February 27, 2011


Today we took a road trip to Heber Springs, well technically 5 miles east to Magnus Lake. Apparently about 20 years ago 3 trumpeter swans on their way to their winter home in Montana got blown off course and wound up here. Since families travel together, and the young learn the migration routes from their parents, Magnus Lake has become the winter home of about 100 swans. This is the furthest south nesting lake for trumpeters.

They share their lake with some ducks.

The swans tend to stay on the far side of the lake.

The kids had fun.

Thursday, February 10, 2011

More snow

Well, we got more snow than our kids have ever seen. Not the 20+ Northwest Arkansas got but we did get a solid 6.5".

First we have Eli surveying the situation.

Then Emily joined us

The snow was too dry and powdery for sledding. So, Eli decided to turn it into a bulldozer to help clear the driveway.

It was perfect for snow angels though.

Saturday, February 05, 2011

Snowmen and snow angel

The kids decided to build a snowman today (we finally got a wet enough snow to be able to do so).

Eli rolling the base of his Snow Angel

Emily decorating their snowman. Note that Emily is standing on a stool. Alicia and I had to work together to lift the middle ball and head onto this thing. That snow was heavy.

Eli putting the finishing touches on his snow angel. (this is the only completed picture of the big snowman. Shortly after I took this the middle ball cleaved in half.

Emily with her mini snowman

Eli with his completed Snow Angel