Monday, March 30, 2009

I Built a Car to Run Over the March Lion

This morning I was struggling to drag myself out of bed. I couldn't figure out why I didn't feel like getting up, since I wasn't especially tired. Then I looked out the window.

What on earth?!

Last night we got 3-4 inches of snow! I found myself wondering if somehow I had been transported back to January or something. Except in January I didn't have daffodils and tulips buried under the snow.

Poor cold flowers!

This little guy escaped the avalanche by huddling close to the house. I don't even know what kind of flower this is, but it made me happy to see the pink amongst the whiteness!

I suppose what I could have bundled up the boys and gone to play outside in the snow... except it was about 30 degrees outside and VERY windy. So that would have made the whole experience pretty miserable.


So instead we went and played at a friend's house today, and made similar plans for tomorrow.

We have been spending quite a bit of time inside lately and I have to say that if you have been stuck inside for days (and days and days!), I highly recommend making a car out of a cardboard box. It has kept Jonah occupied for hours. He has been driving his car everywhere, and "parking" it by the tall, skinny cardboard house I made for him.


This weekend Honey Daddy helped Jonah "pimp out" his car. They put on shiny (aluminum foil) headlights, tail lights, signal lights, and even a little custom license plate. Tonight while I am working they are going to add fancy hub caps on the "stock tires" I put on the car.

Sometimes the simplest toys really are the best ones.

16 comments:

  1. That is so fun! I will have to remember that the next time I have an empty box. Which should be fairly soon since we are moving in a few weeks!

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  2. This is not only good for the little ones. The college kids had a movie night and Ed is so crazy she decided to "drive to it". She made a car out of a box that looks pretty much like the one we drive. I remember the fun she had painting it and adding all the details like you are doing. Great fun. Why not make everyone in the family one and have a drive in movie night right in the living room.

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  3. I want that winter car too. Looks like a box can be so MUCH fun :)
    ~Elyse~

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  4. Mother nature certain has a sense of humor.

    My son is also a huge fan of boxes.

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  5. that is such a fun car! I bet he's having a blast with it too

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  6. That's so much fun. I've done something similar with my son. We even went so far as to make him little dice out of construction paper and yarn to hang from his "mirror". It took a while, but once the fun finally wore out of the truck we made, I turned a tray a birthday cake came on and an empty wrapping paper roll into a sailboat for him. That added even more fun to the picture.

    Don't loose hope. Winter HAS to be over soon, doesn't it?

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  7. that is just a cruel cruel joke.

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  8. Love the car!!! Such a great idea!

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  9. Mother Nature is not a very pleasant woman.

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  10. That car is adorable! Especially pimped out!

    We had that same spring snow storm roll through there on Fri/Sat. Why does all of the bad weather come on the weekends?

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  11. I'm glad you found something to keep him busy...the snow must have been depressing!

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  12. My kids have been snow starved the last couple years...what they wouldn't give for a late March snowstorm. :) It looks like you made the best of it with that adorable car!

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  13. what a great car! awesome homemade toy. enjoy your snow, even if you are longing for spring. we didn't get any this year at all!

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  14. Where are you working now?

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  15. They really are. Sometimes I wonder why the heck we bother buying toys at all!!

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  16. My mom was on the phone complaining to me loudly about the weather you guys were having on Sunday. She wanted to come out here to the California sunshine early.

    Well, she arrived today (thursday) and it is cold and overcast! Freezing I say! I think she brought it with her.

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