Monday, December 23, 2013

White Christmas

I'm dreaming of a white Christmas
Just like the ones I used to know.

Actually, I'm my Mother's daughter. I wasn't dreaming of a White Christmas because my kids were on the road. Brent was driving from Kentucky. Jill, Eric, Kinley and an extra passenger, Hannah (Kinley's first cousin), were driving to Eric's parents' house in Iowa.

Thankfully, they did their first round of Christmas traveling on Friday, ahead of the storm. But, Randy & I decided to stay home from the K-State vs. Gonzaga game at the Intrust Bank Arena in Wichita on Saturday because of the ice and snow. And then I watched it snow ... and snow ... and snow some more on Saturday night.We ended up with about 9.5 inches of snow by Sunday morning.

I was ready to sing Seal & Crofts "Summer Breeze," just to inspire a change in the weather. But, I got a White Christmas instead. (Even though the snow may be melted by Christmas Day, we've having our little family Christmas today on the 23rd and will be at my folks' house in Pratt County for Christmas Eve. So it counts.)
Of course, Saturday night, I thought I was having a Green Christmas.
Or perhaps a Red Christmas.
Those new colored floodlights provided more holiday decor than I'd bargained for.(The falling snow even gave me some natural bokeh (those little dots of light in the pictures), a term I'd never even heard of before I read it on The Pioneer Woman's blog.
And even though I'd prefer no snow for my travelers' sake, I have to admit it made for a beautiful sunrise Sunday morning. The snow-covered berries were a nice accessory for the Santa flag. The house truly was dressed for Christmas.
So was Randy's favorite tree. It's easy to see why it's his favorite, isn't it?
The old grainery is always good for some Currier and Ives-style photos, and it was dressed in its Sunday best with sequins of glistening snow.
It appeared this snow was holding on for dear life.I just didn't want it clinging with such tenacity to roads between here and Iowa.

My son-in-law sent me this helpful text and photo so I wouldn't worry:
He said, "Jill said you were worried about us driving on Sunday. Here's a picture of the "snow" mode for our Explorer, so we'll be fine. ;-) "

And they were. Merry Christmas to me! That's the best present of all.


  1. What beautiful pictures! btw - who won the game? Hope the Zags! :) Snow make the landscape so pretty, as long as you can stay home and off the roads. Glad your travelers made it to their destination safely.
    Merry Christmas to you and your loved ones.

  2. No, our Wildcats won the game! Merry Christmas to me! (Sorry I'm slow in responding. I've taken the rest of the week off from blogging.) Hope your Christmas celebration was memorable!