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Tuesday, December 15, 2009

Snow Day

For about three weeks out of the year (starting around now), I really wish I lived in a place where it snows!

I grew up in Albuquerque, NM on the base of the Sandia Mountains. We could always count on a few snow days during winter. I especially loved nighttime after a snowstorm. The ground and sky were illuminated by a white twilight.

It never snows in LA. It only rains and rains...

What's your favorite snow memory?

Photos from {here}.



Blogger Tonia said...

Sledging down the hill where we live on an old tea tray with the dog chasing us. And our chickens shaking their feathers in disgust, balancing on one leg!

December 16, 2009 at 1:44 AM  
Blogger Anna said...

we used to build tunnels from the house to the barn & have snow ball fights in the hay lofts.
my farm in the snow

December 16, 2009 at 2:18 AM  
Blogger Crystal @ Plush Palate said...

That is one thing I love about living in Chicago, the snowy winters (though it can be miserably cold)!

Wishing you a miracle of a snowfall in LA :)


December 16, 2009 at 4:17 AM  
Blogger Antonio Barros said...

I'm in Ukraine right now and I woke up today and saw all snow outside.. just like you saied! It is soooo pretty!!!

December 16, 2009 at 4:48 AM  
Blogger Melissa Blake said...

Gah, there are so many good memories. Growing up in the Midwest, snow is pretty much the norm from December through March. :)

December 16, 2009 at 4:59 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Such beautiful pictures of snow! I love winter and I get my fill of it here in Upstate New York. It's hard to pick a favorite memory--but there was one winter where the snow was up past my waist. I was a child and would pretend that I lived in a snow colony.

December 16, 2009 at 5:14 AM  
Blogger un bel oiseau said...

come to boston. it snowed in october this year!!!

December 16, 2009 at 5:22 AM  
Blogger Same New Story said...

these are so beautiful! we have been getting no snow here (in nyc) but i am heading up north this weekend and i think i may get a chance to play in it then.

December 16, 2009 at 5:31 AM  
Blogger Brandi said...

Actually my favorite memory comes from last year when my boyfriend and I were outside shoveling the driveway and laughing like we always do. It's just nice to have someone to share these little chores with and make them fun. I'm kinda glad San Diego doesn't get any snow, but I just returned to the NJ/NYC area so I hope to see something white fluffy and flaky fall from the sky while I'm here.

December 16, 2009 at 5:37 AM  
Blogger Adriana said...

I've only ever seen snow once, I was in my final year of highschool on a school trip. I tried snow boarding and tore my knee ligament...and I had my end of year dance exam for my HSC that same year so couldnt rehearse for a while, I also ended up doing my final Drama piece on crutches, I had to improvise it into my character...ohhh the memories. I'd love to see the snow again! Frightening and beautiful

December 16, 2009 at 5:56 AM  
Blogger mama-face said...

Beautiful photos; we had our family pictures taken in the snow last year. We were freezing (though at least we had sweaters, unlike that girl :) ),
and they were the best we've ever had taken.

I can't think of a favorite memory; only the fact that I love love love the first snowfall of the season; but pretty quickly I can't wait for spring.

December 16, 2009 at 6:20 AM  
Blogger The Lil Bee said...

Oh gosh, these are so so pretty. I have so many memories of sleigh riding in my hometown, where we always had loads and loads of snow days. I put some photos up of NYC snowfalls today (from Jamie's blog) and they are so gorgeous. New York this time of year is my favorite when it snows!

December 16, 2009 at 6:43 AM  
Blogger mkendall said...

I know how you feel. I'm in Atlanta and it used to snow here at least a few times every year, but lately nothing. I miss it so!

My favorite was when we had a blizzard in march of 93 and school was closed for almost a week. Snow up to my stomach! I love it.

December 16, 2009 at 7:03 AM  
Blogger Brian Miller said...

lovely pics! i so want a snow day...once it snowed sevral feet deep, we built themost amazing forts, had to have a sno plow come up our hill so we could get out, which made some amazing snow mountains...

December 16, 2009 at 7:04 AM  
Blogger Jennifer said...

I grew up in Cali but recently moved to Montana. I am always thankful after the first snow of the season. I put my snow shoes on just so I can tromp around in the snow to hear the crunching sound that it makes.

December 16, 2009 at 7:19 AM  
Blogger WrightStuff said...

Just come back from a meeting in London where... it is snowing!! Not that common a sight really in the City and especially in December. It wasn't enough to make it pretty though and there was a nasty icy wind with it!

December 16, 2009 at 7:37 AM  
Blogger DailyDivaDish said...

Such beautiful pictures! I grew up in a snowy area...and absolutely loved being the first one out, early in the morning after a big snow.

With the extra insulation of snow....the world was silent. I felt like I was the only person in the world. Loved that kind of peacefulness every once in awhile.
XO Piper

December 16, 2009 at 8:11 AM  
Blogger Seyma said...

oh dear God Tina!! those pictures literally made my day :) sigh sigh..

we used to do snow mans every winter but we don't anymore.. i kinda miss those days..


December 16, 2009 at 9:18 AM  
Blogger hawthorne girl said...

I've been following your blog for quite some time and had no idea you were from ABQ. Too funny, that's where I'm from. I was just there and in Taos last week. Taos was cold and snowing and unbelievably beautiful. I'm in Oregon now which is gorgeous but there really is something about NM that is so different. I understand your homesickness!

December 16, 2009 at 1:15 PM  
Blogger Louis Duke said...

I love snow!! It is one of the greatest things in the world!! Unfortinately, like you, I live in an area of the country where the most we ever get is freezing cold rain.

Also, I love how you rearranged everything. Your sidebar looks so much better now!! I love your new look. It feels so clean and fresh!!

You also must tell where you got the "Top Commenters" widget in your sidbar, because I want one for sure!

Did you do the scenes in your footer with links your other blog?? I love them!! They are so great.

December 16, 2009 at 1:27 PM  
Blogger Caroline said...

Love the London shot! I grew up in upstate NY and the day of a fresh snowfall is magical... like powdered sugar coating the trees.

December 16, 2009 at 1:53 PM  
Blogger Melanie's Randomness said...

I love making snow angels. I live in New York so it snows all the time. Aww. If I could put the snow in tupperware I would & send it to ya. We usually get more than enough to share!

December 16, 2009 at 2:36 PM  
Blogger Amanda said...

I've been thinking the same thing lately. I was actually born where it snows and I remember going back to visit family and seeing snow. I really don't have any cool snow memories though :(

December 16, 2009 at 2:41 PM  
Blogger Cassara said...

I grew up in Minnesota, it's cold more than half the year and snowy another third. I miss being out winter break from morning to night, watching the sunset and having my nose ice cold, sledding. I'm in Arizona now. It's 72 degrees outside, I miss the feeling of my nose thawing.

December 16, 2009 at 4:20 PM  
Blogger leah bell said...

my favorite snow memory is waking up at 6AM, staring at the news, waiting for my schools' name to show up on the "snow day" list. when it did, i immediately ran to my neighbors back yard to build an igloo with the other neighborhood kids! :)

December 16, 2009 at 5:25 PM  
Blogger erin said...

it is so lovely, isn't it? if i keep up with my posts about snow, i'm going to have to change the name of my blog. but everything just feels so magical under a layer of whiteness, i can't help myself!

December 16, 2009 at 6:01 PM  
Blogger Every Little Counts said...

ah, and it hardly ever rains in LA. you need to make a trip out to the moutntains- big bear, mammouth, or even closer- just travel up the 2 into the mountains.
i'm still waiting for it to snow in nyc! i miss the quiet of a snowstorm... no cars on the road, the soft glow of streetlights, there's nothing like it.

December 16, 2009 at 6:20 PM  
Blogger Jackie said...

oh man! I've been wishing to do a snow shoot soon and these are just the right inspiration! lovely!

December 16, 2009 at 10:06 PM  
Blogger 2 By Design said...

I'm an Arizona native so as you can imagine, my snow stories are limited! One December evening though, (looooong ago) I remember waiting with my then boyfriend for ride home from school. It was dark, I was freezing and right as he gave me his jacket, it started to lightly snow. The relationship was less than memorable but thanks to that night he'll always have a piece of my heart!!

December 17, 2009 at 3:15 PM  
Blogger Dominique said...

Woo, Southwest represent! I'm from El Paso. We don't get as much snow as NM, but I always loved running around in the mountains when it did.

December 17, 2009 at 10:16 PM  
Blogger Laura [What I Like] said...

We had a blizzard in New York on President's Day weekend years ago. The whole city was just quiet and soft...

December 18, 2009 at 11:36 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I think this weekend might just be my favorite snowy memory!
I live in Sweden, where it just started to snow and look magical this past week. Then I left on Friday to come home to Philadelphia for the holidays, where we got a blizzard the very next day! My parents didn't cancel their Christmas party and about 20 people were crazy enough to treck all the way out to us in the snowstorm! It's been a beautiful weekend, one of the best.

December 20, 2009 at 4:20 AM  
Blogger Ama Livia Reynolds said...

Growing up, for the most part, in the Sunshine State of Florida, weather mostly consisted of wet blanket heat, heavy summer rainstorms, and a few bouts of sun-filled, windy cold in the winter. My first memory of snow, first site of snow, was my visit to Oklahoma City at the age of 10. We drove slowly from Austin, TX to OKC to visit my grandparents, and when we finally arrived, in the dark, the white of snow on the ground amazed me, the crunch, the quietness, and my favorite part? My Florida mama walking through the snow in her cloth Chinese Mary Janes, soaked through my the time we got to the front door of my recently, dearly departed Grandma Jeanne and Grandpa PJ, the warmth of love and welcoming so much sweeter with that snow outside. Thank you for inviting me to invoke this sweet memory.

December 20, 2009 at 8:30 AM  
Blogger melissa said...

I didn't know you were from Albuquerque! My husband is from there too! (Well, he lived in Roswell, NM when he was younger...) Small world. ;)

Hope you have a wonderful holiday!!

December 22, 2009 at 5:03 PM  

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