It's been cold enough for long enough that we've been able to build a pretty big skating rink out next to the garage. It's about 20' X 40', and was first skated on in the picture above on Dec 23. The boys are much stronger on their skates than they were in that pic - they whizz around there like lightning now...I can hardly catch them when we're playing tag. The snow banks around the rink are much, much higher now, too, and the boys can skate at full speed down the ice and crash right into the drifts (they're about as high as my shoulder).
Here's an early morning view of our land to the south-west. We've had some truly lovely sunny days in between the deluges of snow.
Oh, and though we have no oven (I cook either on the bbq, on a hot plate, or in the slow cooker), we had to make a gingerbread house. Those pesky kits at the store are not half bad. The boys built the whole thing themselves this year...times, they are a changin'.