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Yeah okay maybe not so much a blizzard. Just thought I’d beat the meteorologists to it, since we haven’t had that particular headline locally yet. But we did get a bit of snow here yesterday.
spruce tree with lots of snow on it after storm
It was deep enough that Hubby had to stay home from work and fire up the snowblower. After we finished lessons for the morning the festivities began. Hubby went out first and got started. I followed, along with Captain Earthquake who helped me clear the front step and sprinkle a little salt.
boy helping dad push snowblower
Next we had a few lessons in operating the blower. Heck, he’s 5. It’s about time he started pulling his own weight around here.
small boy using snowblower
Well, lookee there. He’s pretty good at this job.
boy pulling snowblower
Not to be outdone, TechnoBoy rushed out to have a go. Note to Internets: I tried to talk the boy into snowpants, gloves, and zipping his coat but he would have none of that sissy stuff.
boy blowing snow in driveway
Have I mentioned that competition is king here at Earnest Parenting? As soon as The Mercenary heard that man-stuff was going on outdoors he was right there keeping up with his brothers.
boy squinting with effort in snow
He was putting in a bit of effort here.

I promise, no children were injured in the clearing of the driveway.

I have witnesses.

boy hitting drift with baseball bat
Apparently beating a snowdrift to death with a baseball bat is a great way to clear a path.

The Manager heard a rumor that fun was happening out in the driveway, so he abandoned the computer and joined the fun.

boy smiling while using snowblower
I’m planning to remember that smile for a long time to come.

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