icy winter things

this past weekend, my wife and I bundled the 3 boys up in all their snow gear to go check out the local ice sculpture festival.

temperatures were in the mid-teens, with a bit of a breeze – so just a tad chilly – so we didn’t stay too long.  we made the little circuit around the downtown park checking out all the various ice sculptures.  I’m pretty sure there are random activities throughout the whole weekend – the ceremonial cutting the ice ribbon with a chain-saw to kick things off on Friday night, and “dueling chainsaws” as competitors face off in an ice-sculpting duel.  but, when we were there on Saturday afternoon – it was just people milling around trying to stay warm while looking at the various creations made out of ice.

we then headed back home for some hot cocoa and marshmallows for the boys.  I’m always surprised to see the festival/carnival food at an event like this – somehow an elephant ear or a corn dog seems out of place in below-freezing temperatures.

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during the winter, we’ve also been having the 2 older boys take some ice skating lessons – I had my camera along the other day and snapped a few shots.

thad 2 & noah out on the ice

luke is only 2 1/2 years old right now, but he’d really like to be out on the ice with his older brothers.

luke - wishing he could join them!

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5 Responses to “icy winter things”


  1. 1 Baydog January 24, 2011 at 11:41 pm

    Hey, it’s not that damn much warmer out here in Joisey. I emptied a cooler full of ice out on my backyard a couple of weeks ago and the pile of cubes is still there! And Green Bay it was, even though the Bears made a somewhat gallant effort at a comeback late in the game. Same for the Jets. It’s the battle of the yellow nickers!

  2. 2 my2fish January 25, 2011 at 7:11 am

    baydog – I think we got above freezing one afternoon in the last several weeks, but we were hit by a bunch of freezing rain the previous night, so it was still miserable outside, and driving was a nightmare.

    looks like it will be a good Super Bowl, but yeah, there will be a lot of yellow uni’s.

  3. 3 Q January 25, 2011 at 1:19 pm

    Cool pics! Alli and I wanted to go, but we weren’t able to find the time. It always amazes me how the sculptors are able to come up with such intricate and crazy designs.

  4. 4 Joe Rouse January 25, 2011 at 9:24 pm

    Brrrrrrrrrrrrr! Ditto the cool pics or should I say COLD Pics! Brrrrrrrrrrrrr!

  5. 5 alli January 29, 2011 at 6:37 pm

    How fun. we drove by (on the way to something) Thursday night and saw some sculptures that are still up.

    Looks like the boys love the ice… too bad for Luke though!


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