Sunday was Groundhog’s Day and this year Punxsutawney Phil didn’t see his shadow, predicting an early spring. So far he seems to be correct in his prediction as the weather in Northern Virginia has been warm(ish) although quite wet. This time last year there had already been several significant snow events, but this year we are still waiting for any fun snow.
Because Matt grew up in Colorado, snow in the winter is normal and pretty much expected. It’s so normal, in fact, that the lack of snow is quite remarkable. I grew up in Georgia, however, and despite living in Colorado for 15 years, snow still makes me feel like a little kid. When we were living in San Antonio, it actually snowed once, and our neighbor’s kids took the opportunity to build a little snowman! There wasn’t quite enough snow, so it turned more into a snow-blob (pictured below!), but it was fun watching everyone in the neighborhood run out and enjoy the brief winter weather.
Although our favorite groundhog has predicted an early spring, I’m still holding hope for at least one really good snow before winter is over. There is something peacefull and fulfilling about watching the neighborhood kids playing in the snow and then everyone heading inside to warm up by a fire or snuggled in deep blankets. I love spring and can’t wait to see all the flowers bloom, but I’m not quite ready to give up on winter just yet.