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Thursday, February 26th, 2015. And yet another snow.  This time it came from the south, which meant it was heavy, wet and did not hang around very long.  I went out as soon as I woke to take photos.  Amy and I let the chickens out ( I had left a tarp out before it snowed so that we could easily clear them a spot to roam), we went for a walk, then hit the slopes with the neighborhood.  It was a slow snow, but fun. 

Monday, February 23rd, 2015.  It snowed again on Saturday.  The kids were kind of over it, but I was excited to have a day off to play.  And our buddy Nolan came over for a fun visit. The boys loved playing with him.  Jackson pushed him back up the hill each time he slid down it.  Many, many, many more snow photos here! 

Sunday, February 22nd, 2015. The chickens went out for some free range time on Sunday.  It was finally warm enough for them to try walking through the snow.  That afternoon, Ben and I hit the pool for roll practice, while Amy and Jackson went bowling with our church.

Wednesday, February 18, 2015. A few photos from yesterday's fun.  Many, many more snow photos here! 

Tuesday, February 17, 2015. Snow Day!  The hens were not a fan.  I opened the door to the coop, but they had no desire to go outside.

A huge snowball fight took place in front of the Coleman's house.  The teams were Ben, Jack and Ethan against everyone else. 

Monday, February 16th, 2015. First snow of the season.  The kids got out of school at 11, the snow started around 2, we hit the hills right at 5.  While we were out playing, Amy cooked a roast, rolls, corn, a cherry cobbler and an egg custard pie. (More snow photos here!)

Sunday, February 15th, 2015. A few more photos from Ben's win yesterday.  The game could not have went any better for Ben's team.  They lost twice to this team during the regular season, once by over twenty points.  But they flat steam rolled them in the championship, on both offense and defense.  Cary devised a hybrid defense that worked to perfection.  Ben played super. (more basketball photos here)


Saturday, February 14th, 2015.  Ben's team won the RCC Jr Hoops Tournament!  I could not be any more proud of how well Ben played on both offense, handling the ball with poise, and how well he executed on defense.  I'll write more about that later, but today was also Valentine's Day.  We started with heart shaped biscuits and our farm fresh eggs, then watched Seth play in his Youth Hoops Tournament game.  After Ben's game, we celebrated with some frozen yogurt at Sweet Frog, then relaxed at the house.  Amy made a heart shaped pizza for dinner, plus chocolate covered strawberries.  Amy gave me Casablanca as a present, so we watched that, then capped off the evening by watching the NBA All-Star festivities. 

Thursday, February 12th, 2015. Jackson's team won the RCC Sr Hoops Tournament!  I could not be any more proud of Jackson's leadership this year, as well as his play on both sides of the ball. 

Tuesday, February 10th, 2015. Spring soccer sign-ups are next Monday.  Ben is getting excited about the season.  After kicking at those small indoor goals all Winter, the outdoor goals seem enormous.  Hopefully staying active in the sport during the off-season will pay off for him. 

Monday, February 9th, 2015. The temps hit 70 over the weekend, so Amy let the chickens enjoy lots of free range time.  They spent at least an hour in a dust bath below the willow tree.

Sunday, February 8th, 2015. It was a beautiful day for our annual Gingerbread House Demolition.

Ben won his semi-final tournament game and moves onto the championship game!  He played great defense as always, handled the ball well and it three nice jumpers.   And as a bonus, Mo, Deana and Jesse were all there to cheer him on.  Jesse was in town for Savannah's audition at UNCG.  (Tons of photos here)  He played an indoor soccer game a few hours later, but played a tough, older team and did not get the win.

Thursday, February 5th, 2015.  By coincidence or providence, both boys opened their 2014-15 RCC basketball tournament with back to back games on the same court.  I watched Ben's team of scrappy young players hustle their way toward a lead for three quarters, then put the camera up and assembled with my team of 13-16 year old players in prep for our game.  Ben played superbly, scored 8 points and made countless steals and assists.  His team held on to win by 1 point over a team they had lost to twice this year.  In contrast, Jackson was playing a team that we had beaten twice during the regular season, but a team that came to play.  We could find no separation through the first two quarters.  Jackson brought the ball up the court with only seconds to spare before the half, then hit Cameron with a pass.  Cameron pulled up from far behind the arc to put us ahead with a 3 pointer.  We built a 10 point lead in the 3rd, but gave a lot of it away as we started missing jumpers midway through the quarter.  The guys finally slowed the game down, held the ball longer and came away with a 4 point victory.  Similar to Ben, Jackson played awesome, scored 9 points, had countless steals, rebounds and assists.  His defensive effort is just outstanding and his ball handling might be the best in the league.