I know in most parts of Canada…it’s so not a big deal. But growing up in ‘the warm land’ (Cowichan – or Quw’utsun’ – literally means ‘land warmed by the sun’. We have the warmest mean year-round temperature in Canada), we’re just not that used to the white stuff. Well that’s not entirely true…we usually do get a bit of snow once or twice a year. Sometimes we even get a huge dump. But it never lasts too long…it warms up and the rain washes it away.
Makenna spent the day with her Grandma doing some Christmas baking, while Declan and I ran some errands around town. Conveniently we went to pick Makenna up just before dinner time (Oh, you’ve asked us to stay for dinner? Aww shucks…why not?!). My timing is never a coincidence ;).
Since it’s dark by 5pm these days and the blinds were all closed, I had no idea about the change in precipitation out there (it had been raining hard all afternoon). It was going for 7pm by the time I started wrangling the kids up and I peeked outside. Oh crap…total whiteout and snowing like crazy. And I’m driving a new (to me) car that I’ve never driven in the snow before.
Even though I grew up here, I did some time in Alberta and was delivered a crash course in winter driving pretty quickly. I can handle driving in the snow…but it helps when you have a car that’s suited to do so. I got the car warmed up and the kids buckled in and we hit the roads. Not too great (the roads and the car/tires). I almost turned around right away but thought I’d give it a bit further before giving up.
Well our usual 15 minute drive took 28 minutes. Driving 30-50km all the way home lulled both kids to sleep, but we’d made it. I put the car in park and messaged my Mom right away, listening to my little ones breathing deep and snoring lightly in the backseat. After carrying the bags and kids inside, I hear a huge bang and see flashes of light outside.
Seriously. A brief fireworks show right across the street. A ‘whew, we made it home safely’ celebration it seemed.
Now with their warm little bodies all snug in their beds…I have the difficult decision of ‘Love Actually’ or ‘Elf’ while I wrap the first batch of Christmas presents.
The best I could do for snow pics tonight in this dark neighbourhood. Slowest shutter speed ever..
And for good measure, our tree. Complete with the crooked angel on top that Makenna will proudly tell you she put up herself.