Gotta love Louisiana! It’s probably the only place on earth where an eighth of an inch of slushy precipitation shuts down commerce, sends drivers headed for the ditches, and leaves school children home, running wild and free. Such was the scene in our corner of the world this week.
Personally, I hate this wintry weather. Give me 90 degrees any day! But my monkeys couldn’t have been more excited about the slush and flurries. They eagerly watched the weather, running back and forth between windows to see whether there was more accumulation in the front yard or the back. Imagine their delight when the kids woke Tuesday morning to see the ground covered in a thin, crunchy layer of snow. (Actually, it was really just sleet, but, honestly, as long as it was white and frozen, the monkeys really didn’t care about the particulars.)
As soon as they had gobbled down their breakfasts, the monkeys donned their warmest camouflage coveralls (‘cause that’s the way we roll here in Louisiana) and headed outside with the Tool Man for some redneck fun.
Before my crew could decide what to do first, cousin Taylor came over with a sled that her dad made.
Pop quiz time! How do rednecks pull homemade sleds? Behind four-wheelers and golf carts, of course. And they always let their Chihuahuas ride shotgun!
Without a doubt, Lucy was the biggest fan of the sled. When her Uncle Brian finally tired of dragging her behind the four-wheeler, Taylor stepped in and became her mule!
It was only a matter of time before the Tool Man’s redneck ingenuity took over and made the connection between snow skiing and water skiing.
Have you ever seen anything more ridiculous in all your life?! Frozen water skiing! Surely this will be an Olympic sport before long, and the official uniform shall be camouflage and rubber boots.
Ty was a natural at the sport, skiing with ease behind our golf cart. Then the Tool man decided to give it a go. First, he tried it behind the four-wheeler, but he kept losing his momentum every time the machine shifted gears.
He finally found his groove behind the golf cart. I still can’t believe he trusted me to be his driver! (Yes, I drove the cart and took these pictures at the same time. I’m quite talented like that.)
With all of the activity, the kids worked up quite an appetite. Luckily, they found some of nature’s popsicles hanging in the woods.
Even Tacy Mae enjoyed the cold, crisp air, wrapped snug as a bug riding with me on the golf cart. She cried when when we finally took her back inside.
So, I guess that was our snow day for the next 3-4 years. It certainly was full of excitement. I know the monkeys will never forget the fun they had slipping and sliding in our icy winter wonderland. Y’all stay warm!