We are getting quite a bit of snow today, unlike last year when it was mild into January and then we had snow for Easter
Ivy ventured out for a bit
Our sort of first snow tradition (meaning, if we remember) is to make snow ice cream. Now, I do remember all the way back to kindergarten when Miss Mast brought in a bowl of snow, and set it under the cool magnifying glass in the classroom, so as it melted we could see how dirty snow really was. I guess I figure it's not going to hurt them to hurt a bowlful and maybe it's like a vaccination and will build a defense against germs.
You need a bowl of snow, chocolate syrup and milk
Miranda disapproves of Ivy's stirring techniques
I should have posted a picture of the finished product but it melts very quickly. We should try it with real cream some time, it's very gloopy with the milk. But it's sweet and chocolately so the girls ate it right up.
Access to the world wide web and international sites means my kids can find out things such as Buildabear Japan has a rat toy, since 2008 is The Year of the Rat. I think there is a way to order it through the international store in New York City, but that seems a lot of work for a stuffed toy, even if it is one of their favorite animals. We are such goofy internet window shoppers, we can spend quite a bit of time looking at websites in other countries to see what they have that is the same and what is different.