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Snow

For the last few years snowflakes have been as common in Seattle as Trump voters.

Not today.

We awoke to our first appreciable snow in probably two years.

We were at the park by 9 am.  So was the rest of the neighborhood.

Sledding was lousy, but we made up for it with a great neighborhood snowball fight. ¬†Adults — meaning me and Chris Landman — against roughly 15 neighborhood kids.

We lost.

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Snow!

It’s been a while and it didn’t last very long, but we got up early enough to get a few sled runs and, of course, a good many pics:

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On Saturday the Jenkins fam ventured east to Easton and the sprawling Spratley estate for a weekend of tubing and family fun. Great fun. A few pics:

Girls tubing

Simon, Paige and me posing for a pic.

Simon, Paige and me posing for a pic.

A view from the Spratley cabin.  A River Runs Through It (well not literally, but close).

A view from the Spratley cabin. A River Runs Through It (well not literally, but close).

A self portrait.

A self portrait.

Gettin' ready to go for a ride.

Gettin’ ready to go for a ride.

Kiddos.

Kiddos.

Reese and Paige on the swings.

Reese and Paige on the swings.

Finn wasn't in his best mood -- but lately, what's new . . .

Finn wasn’t in his best mood — but lately, what’s new . . .

The fam.

The fam.

An open gate to the local salmon hatchery made for a welcome diversion.

An open gate to the local salmon hatchery made for a welcome diversion.

Finn -- exhausted after watching Mom and Dad beat the Spratleys at Scrabble.

Finn — exhausted after watching Mom and Dad beat the Spratleys at Scrabble.

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Snow — Still

This morning there is still as much snow as ever on the ground.

It’s been five days now. Snow fatigue is setting in amongst Seattleites.

Casa de Cheuk last night, with the aid of Photobucket's color brush effect.

I, for one, will be sad to see it go.

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Casa de Jenkins in a winter wonderland.

This morning the Jenkins family awoke to Seattle’s first snow of 2012.

And it wasn’t an insignificant amount. At least it wasn’t after the second deluge stopped in the afternoon.

The family made two ventures into the winter wonderland, the first in the morning, the second in the afternoon when we joined Norman and Sofia for some sledding on the north side of Laurelhurst Park, the kids’ first-ever sledding adventures.

Stopping for photos.

Us too.

Little did Finn know that he'd be the object of his sister's snowballs.

The weatherman says more snow is on the way. Can’t wait.

A few more pics and videos:

Reese ran out of gas toward afternoon's end.

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you can always take the toboggans.

And that is what we did.

The forty-one year old Norman rode his toboggan down 41st.

Our cars were parked on an incline under six inches of snow, and I saw no reason to play bumper cars with the neighbors’ parked cars in an ill-fated attempt to drive. Still our cupboards were bare and Thanksgiving was less than forty-eight hours away. The solution: toboggan to QFC.

Reese got the easy ride. The second toboggan was for groceries.

Ronnie, Reese, Norman and I took two toboggans to the University Village to QFC to load up for Thursday night. We weren’t the only ones in stock-up mode; the store was as packed as I’ve ever seen it. We made good time once there, however, and made the trip in a tidy two hours flat.

An errand that would typically take thirty minutes took us two hours without a car -- but it was good fun all the way.

Next up: getting ready for Thanksgiving.

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Today marked a couple of firsts. We saw the first snow of ’10 and for Finn, the first snow of his life. Actually that’s not technically true — the massive snow of ’08 happened when he was technically alive. But he was only three months old — doesn’t count.

Anyway, we braved the elements today, me just getting over the flu. More pics available here.

Braving the elements at Laurelhurst Park.

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