December 1-3

The last month of 2010 has begun in exciting fashion.

Wednesday, December 1, 2010

The day started with rain.  Lots of rain.  However, we sent everyone off from Kay Nou with the expectation of snow before the day was out.  The snow did not disappoint.  It began at about 9:00 a.m. and continued steadily through the day.

The Major left work early to get home in order to drive Subway Dude to work.  He would ordinarily walk the two blocks to Subway with no problem.  In the midst of a blizzard, his walk could have been deadly.

Running Girl usually picks up Island Boy from Pre-K on her way home from work.  However, we heard that the weather was exceptionally nasty along the road she needed to take.  Feeling guilty about not having installed her Blizzak snow tires yet, The Major decided to pick up IB in his four-wheel drive vehicle.  What normally takes 20-25 minutes took longer than an hour.  Almost everyone was home.

"Top of the world, Ma." The Major just prior to getting stuck.

At 8:00 p.m., The Major had to pick up Subway Dude.  The town plow had left an enormous pile of snow at the bottom of our sloped driveway.  Foolishly figuring he could blast through, The Major (“Hey, I can do anything.  I’ve got 4-wheel drive.”) made a critical error.  Picture an SUV perfectly balanced on top of a snow and ice mound.  A well-intentioned neighbor (whom we have helped before) alternately dug and placed wood under The Major’s wheel to correct The Major’s laziness — he should have shoveled before attempting to get out.

Subway Dude was safely picked up.  Kay Nou settled in for the night.

Thursday, December 2, 2010

Heavy snow through the night.  Already well over two feet on the ground.  The NYS Thruway and all other major routes were closed.  No one was going to school or work.  Except for Subway Dude.  He pulled a 3 to 8 shift.  Good for him.

The day featured shoveling, IB sledding down the driveway, more shoveling, and TM and SD putting snow tires on Mama’s ride.

Flying Haitian

Papa preventing IB from becoming road kill.

The ever-chic Fashionista.

Lovely, lovely Running Girl

Friday, December 3, 2010

Just when we were wondering how we would get to work, the NYS Thruway authority gave us good news.  Our hearts went out to all of those unfortunately travelers who were trapped on the roadway for about 25 hours.  However, when RG and TM hit the road, it was perfect — plowed right down to pavement and no sign of the previous day and night’s debacle that made national news.

While the adults worked, Subway Dude and The Fashionista enjoyed another snow day at home.  Fearing that Island Boy would die of neglect (just kidding), we sent him to Pre-K.  He was much happier there.  His older siblings just can’t relate to him in the same manner as his school posse.

A family friend picked up The Fashionista and took her to the hair salon.  The big do was in preparation of Buffalo’s Maria Love Charity Ball.  TF and a few hundred of her fellow débutantes attended this event in style.  They rode there in a limo bus provided by a pair of very generous parents.  Both pre- and après-Ball, these fine people hosted a kick-butt party at their home.  They also escorted the young ladies to the event.

Meanwhile, TM and RG snuck off for a quiet dinner at Mulberry’s, a local fabo Italian joint located in the shadow of the giant former Bethlehem Steel plant.  Then onward to HSBC arena to watch the Buffalo Sabres annihilate the Columbus Blue Jackets.  After the game, we then attended the post-Ball soirée.

Thanks to Subway Dude for his mad toddler-wrangling skillz all night.

No "Daddy Needs a Shotgun" comments please. They will not be appreciated.

The Beauty and some old guy she let stand next to her.

The Debs on the Magic Limo Bus.

Just the two of us: Major and Ryan Miller

Close to the action.

Hi, Running Girl. Thanks for being my date.

Today, December 4 — sledding with friends. Skiing soon to follow.

We love our winters here at Kay Nou.

— The Major & Running Girl


7 responses to this post.

  1. Posted by Eden on December 4, 2010 at 9:58 am

    Loved all the pictures! I have to ask a random question: After your adventures to get Subway Dude to work, “How many customers actually made it to Subway to eat?” Lovely pictures of Erin and Waveryly and I love the Action Island Boy shots!


  2. Very few Subway diners. Despite forgetting his gloves, SD spent most of the night helping to push out stranded motorists. He’s a good guy. A little foolish, but a good guy.


  3. Posted by Ward on December 4, 2010 at 11:50 am

    IB launching self onto sled: priceless.


  4. I tried to get a shot of IB mid-air. He was throwing himself through the air onto the sled. I never quite got it.



  5. Posted by Susan Andrews on December 4, 2010 at 2:26 pm

    Lindsay & I just had to write in (rather than stalk) & say how beautiful The Fashionista is…..& how much fun it is to read your blogs….miss you guys…..


  6. Posted by Melania on December 7, 2010 at 10:07 am

    Shhhh……Please don’t tell people about Mulberry. I know how much we love to talk about the wonderful little treasures in our hometown, but this just makes the wait for a table longer! 😀

    My dad actually grew up about two blocks from there. My family has seen that building go from a speakeasy to a dance hall to a less than reputable bar to the wonderful place it is today! Gotta love Sunny Lackawanna!

    TF is looking more beautiful everyday. TM and SD will have their hands full of worthy suitors to perhaps “help” weed out!


  7. Major:
    You have the American dream my friend–beautiful family, great friends, a warm and loving home and a great career. Why do you have to be such a nice guy, too??!! My best to all. Hope to see you over the Holidays.

    Joey T. (from chilly Naples, Fla!)


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