Some observations of our very different lives here compared to the south.
We have tumble weeds. Lots of them. And, when the snow hits, they look like this:
We shovel drive ways often. This is the cheater's version....and all that I'm capable of some mornings with 3 kids to wrangle out the door!
And, those kids.....those kids who have lived for 2.5 years in Colorado.....still LOVE the snow. It has not lost its magic.
Coyotes and lots of other wildlife lurk in places you would not expect them. Took this photo on the way home from dropping Carter at school.....in a suburban neighborhood....on the side of the road.
We didn't own a snow shovel until moving here. Think we've bought (and broken) a few since arriving!
Mounds of dirty snow like this pile up in parking lots. The plows come through and push the snow out for people to park and it has to go somewhere.....so here it is.....until it melts.
We have sleds. And actually use them.
This is a fabulous old sled from my childhood. More suited for ice than snow. We'll likely get a lot of use out of it in KC!
We own ski and snowboard gear instead of renting it. It takes up a lot of space!
A snowman kit is a must.
We wear snow boots for at least half the year and when not in use, they drain into pans like this.
Cold weather requires lots of gear!
We have geese. Tons of geese. Look closely at this pic and you'll notice hundreds of them.
They rule the zoo. And, since they don't have their own exhibit, they invade others and pretend we're there to see them.
They fly in amazing patterns that fascinate me each time I see them.
We have the most beautiful grass I've ever seen. Super soft.
The quiet after a snow storm is lovely.
It makes our house look like it's quiet, too. Far from it inside.
We have basements. I wonder how we ever lived without them.
Basement windows provide 6 foot drops into the wells.
So, we pay a lot of money to cover those drops instead of letting our kids fall into them. And, you know my dopey kids would.
Driving in the mountains can be tricky. Runaway truck ramps are everywhere. Scary to think of not having them.
Finally, we have a fondness for carving hokey things out of wood. This, I could do without.
Most of these little nuggets of life will be present in Kansas, too....except the mountains, of course. Good thing we're not scared of a road trip!