The Weekend Report: When It Was Still FROZEN (GIVEAWAY)

The Weekend Report: When It Was Still FROZEN (GIVEAWAY)


The weather is starting to warm up here in Utah, but back a few weeks ago this is what it looked like at Bear Lake.  It was like an eternal winter. Truly. I couldn’t imagine where all that snow would go.


We invited up a few of our close friends to hang out with us. We hid out  in the warm cabin while buckets and buckets of snow came showering down.

I could swear there was at least 4 feet of fresh snow.


We didn’t mind a bit. We chatted, and visited…played some cards…


indulged in a few delicious confections. Might I recommend this  fabulous Almond Joy creamer. Please  pour it in a mug of  hot chocolate at your earliest convenience. It’s heaven in a cup, baby.


After we had been inside for quite a while, a few choice individuals couldn’t stand it one minute longer. The eternal winter was closing in, man.  This particular wild cat threw off her comfy socks, rolled up her pjs and just Let It Go, baby.  Can you believe all that deep snow out there!


She couldn’t believe it either. For The First Time In Forever, she ran around in circles with snow up to her knee caps.


And then, my guests started dropping like flies. Out into the snow they went…


running and jumping around like they didn’t have a care in the world. I may or may not have passed out on the living room floor from laughing so hard. Now, I don’t know much, but there is one thing I know for sure…I always want to have wonderful people around to laugh at with. That familiar saying  about laughter being the best medicine? It rings true for me.


Running through the snow in your bare feet is funny to watch, but it turns out to be a little more pleasant when you put your shoes and socks back on. Note to self.


Cool cat.


Whoa, who let that girl with the yellow hat out of her cage? The hat was 25 cents at Walmart, okay. I just could pass it up. Now that I see it from a distance and on my actual head, I may never wear it again. Another note to self.


We did a bit of sledding…


had a snowball fight or two…


or three…


and then we  played in the snow until it was dark outside and we felt like drinking some  more Almond Joy Creamer Hot Chocolate. There was a lot of laughter to be had right in the middle of the FROZEN winter. Who would have thought. It was one of my best winter memories, for sure.


We have been loving Disney’s  FROZEN soundtrack all winter long, have you heard it?  I hate to admit it, but sometimes I listen to it when my kids aren’t around. I know, juvenile isn’t it? I can’t help myself. It puts a big old smile on my face and quite frankly I feel proud to be walking the same planet as the people who are talented enough to write something so clever and endearing. Love it. There are a lot of great messages there.

FROZEN is coming out on DVD this week, on March 18th I believe.  I would love to give 3 of you a DVD/SOUNDTRACK combo pack. All you have to do is leave me a comment telling me one of the things you loved doing this past winter.

Before you know it, spring will be showing her pretty face…

edited tulips

…and that is a beautiful thing in its own right.

The Giveaway will be open until Tuesday March 18th at midnight. Winners will be announced and contacted on Wednesday March 19th, bright and early with the sunshine.

DISCLAIMER: This is not a sponsored post, just a little gift from me to you.

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  1. 1
    March 15, 2014 at 12:40 am

    I love soaking in a hot tub when it’s cold outside. I also love all the fresh citrus to eat or juice. (my winter weather is your spring!)

  2. 2
    March 15, 2014 at 5:25 am

    We had 2 snowstorms here in GA. The most fun we had was building a snowman with our 2 and 3 year old, watching the 2 year old go sliding on the ice, and a snowball fight.

  3. 3
    March 15, 2014 at 5:38 am

    One of our favorite things to do each winter is take a group of teens to a winter retreat for a weekend. Some years there is no snow, but this year we had snow and everything was literally FROZEN! 🙂 There was a major snowstorm on the way home Sunday, but we had a great time connecting with the teens and so many new memories made! 🙂

  4. 4
    March 15, 2014 at 6:10 am

    We’ve been having dance parties and crafting days. Sooo ready for spring!

  5. 5
    March 15, 2014 at 6:13 am

    We love to go out and build a snowman with the first big snowfall. I pull my grandkids around on the sled and then we head inside for a cup of hot chocolate with marshmallows!

  6. 6
    March 15, 2014 at 6:18 am

    I like hot soup in the winter, and I love it when winter is over! I love spring!

  7. 7
    March 15, 2014 at 6:35 am

    I loved taking my 3 year old sledding in Utah when we visited from Texas this past Christmas.

  8. 8
    March 15, 2014 at 6:37 am

    We spent a lot of time at our cabin sledding with our 3 kids.

  9. 9
    Danielle D.
    March 15, 2014 at 6:38 am

    Letting my daughter explore the snow! She had so much fun playing in her first real snow this year.

  10. 10
    March 15, 2014 at 6:39 am

    Living in MN we had plenty of snow and frigid days this winter. I love the quietness of the snowy days. All the other noises of the world seem muted when the snow is falling.

  11. 11
    March 15, 2014 at 6:45 am

    I live in Duluth, MN. We were truly Frozen this winter (69 straight days of below zero temps). I spent the winter gaining trust and showing lots of love to a 37 year old male Lesser Cockatoo that I rehomed. I wouldn’t change it for anything – he is getting his feathers back, that he had plucked in his former home. I work with a parrot rescue but have fallen in love with him and have decided that this shall be his forever home!

  12. 12
    March 15, 2014 at 7:03 am

    Sharing hot chocolate with our 4 year old granddaughter and also taking pictures of all the beauty in Winter. It’s been long but also God has shown a lot of beauty.

  13. 13
    Judy Uhl
    March 15, 2014 at 7:06 am

    It’s been snow after snow and cold cold cold here in Ohio! We hae been watching DVDS all winter and praying for spring!

  14. 14
    Monica D
    March 15, 2014 at 7:09 am

    I loved snuggling up with my girls and watching movies with my girls this winter. Every Saturday night is movie night.

  15. 15
    March 15, 2014 at 7:17 am

    I love going out sledding with my girls, then following it up with steaming mugs of hot chocolate and marshmallows.

  16. 16
    Rebecca Hyer
    March 15, 2014 at 7:21 am

    Watching my baby enjoy her first snowfall was so fun for me. You only get to do that once!

  17. 17
    Jeanellen Henry
    March 15, 2014 at 7:28 am

    I loved just sitting inside where it was warm and watching the snow fall with a good book or new puzzle to do!

  18. 18
    March 15, 2014 at 7:34 am

    I enjoyed visiting my family who lives up at Bear Lake. My kids loved playing in the snow with Grandma.

  19. 19
    March 15, 2014 at 7:39 am

    This year was the very first year since my daughter was born that it actually snowed here (Fayetteville, NC)! So this year, my 4 year old and I made the worlds smallest (lopsided) snowman and she had the time of her life! Bribery with hot chocolate was needed to come inside. Best winter ever!

  20. 20
    Lu W
    March 15, 2014 at 7:45 am

    Since I live in Arizona, I loved spending many days at the park, with my kids, in warmth. I love a warm winter!

  21. 21
    Casey C
    March 15, 2014 at 7:50 am

    I loved watching my boys play in the snow and having some hot chocolate ready for them when they come in.

  22. 22
    Dana Denson
    March 15, 2014 at 7:55 am

    I enjoyed wearing heavy sweaters more than just a handful of times. Houston experienced winter this year!

  23. 23
    March 15, 2014 at 7:59 am

    I loved watching our puppy play in the snow with my kids. It was too funny. He would throw snow up in the air with his nose. You can’t help but smile at that!

  24. 24
    Emilee k.
    March 15, 2014 at 7:59 am

    Building a snowman with my bestie who was visiting from phoenix!

  25. 25
    Melanie E
    March 15, 2014 at 8:00 am

    Going to see Luke Bryan with my 22 year old daughter.

  26. 26
    Sherrie S
    March 15, 2014 at 8:02 am

    Drinking hot chocolate (with lots of whipped cream) and reading!

  27. 27
    Becky M.
    March 15, 2014 at 8:08 am

    My favorite part of winter is the holidays. I love the traditions of my extended family and some of my own. My new favorite: homemade chili every Christmas Eve. Even better with homemade corn bread. I love your recipes!

  28. 28
    March 15, 2014 at 8:09 am

    I’ve been a bad mother this year. Hardly took the kids out to play in the snow at all.

  29. 29
    March 15, 2014 at 8:10 am

    We had one snow storm this winter (which is about average for us) but it seemed particularly fun because after what happened in Atlanta, everyone was a bit gun shy and got out of work and school early and were home for FOUR whole days! Lots of inside and outside play and lots of warm drinks by the fire. We’ll have to try that creamer though!!

  30. 30
    Mindy Andrus
    March 15, 2014 at 8:11 am

    I loved watching my boys build a snowfort in the backyard with DAD!!! I was ready inside with a pot of hot chocolate to surprise them when they came in FROZEN!!! They ended up being able to fit 3 kids inside that thing!!! Took lots of pics!

  31. 31
    Heather L.
    March 15, 2014 at 8:22 am

    This was our first winter in the midwest and the polar vortex kept us inside a lot! We spent a lot of time watching our fireplace dvd and drinking hot chocolate.

  32. 32
    Kim B.
    March 15, 2014 at 8:24 am

    We moved to TX from CA. On the 4th day of our arrival they had a big ice storm! How fun for us non snow natives to not only see it snow, but watch the boys play in it.

  33. 33
    Lisa K
    March 15, 2014 at 8:26 am

    My favorite thing this winter was sledding with my 2 boys, then coming inside and drinking hot chocolate and snuggling under a big warm blanket.

  34. 34
    March 15, 2014 at 8:28 am

    We enjoyed many visits to Disneyland and a meet and greet with Anna and Elsa. Hard to tell it is Winter here in Southern California.

  35. 35
    Amber Hogg
    March 15, 2014 at 8:29 am

    I loved spending an overnighter with just my husband at a friend’s cabin for our anniversary in December. Loved having the real live fire place going (not a gas one!) with the snow outside and all the little shops, etc decked out in Christmas decor. So rejuvenating to have a night without the kiddos! ???? And frozen is the first “girl movie” my boys have showed any interest in…like ever…so I’m super excited about that!!

  36. 36
    Heidi S.
    March 15, 2014 at 8:33 am

    I loved going to drill team performances and competitions. My youngest is a senior in high school, and this winter I’ve been able to attend her performances. It’s hard to believe she’ll be graduating soon and moving to attend college.

  37. 37
    March 15, 2014 at 8:36 am

    I loved making hot soups this past winter and eating them while watching movies with my family. 🙂

  38. 38
    June McDavitt
    March 15, 2014 at 8:43 am

    Because of the cold snowy weather, my family was at home for several days. It was so nice to
    have my entire family at home to eat and play games. It was magical.

  39. 39
    March 15, 2014 at 8:46 am

    Listening to good music and eating good, warm food.

  40. 40
    Sally Reyes
    March 15, 2014 at 8:47 am

    Houston had an oddly colder winter but not bad. My sister in Michigan had a blustery winter. I enjoyed having an excuse to check up on her and seeing how she was doing, more than I normally would. She shared pictures of all the snow they got, a lot! I love my sister. BTW, I love the BYU snowcap on your pic.

  41. 41
    March 15, 2014 at 8:47 am

    I love to go snowshoeing when the temps can stay above zero!

  42. 42
    Peggy Gibbons
    March 15, 2014 at 8:50 am

    I loved sitting in my sunroom with its thermostatically controlled fireplace watching the birds at my feeders just outside the windows. We have deer, too, but they must hunker down sometimes trying to wait out the bad stuff. The snow sticking to trees and bushes is a beautiful sight. I could do without the ice and sleet, but snow is beautiful (in reasonable amounts).

  43. 43
    Maureen Warren
    March 15, 2014 at 8:55 am

    I love winter in December and then I’m ready for it to be over. Living in Utah, that’s just wishful thinking! The best thing about this winter was a trip to Hawaii that my husband gave me for Christmas… I’m just trying to be truthful:).

  44. 44
    March 15, 2014 at 8:56 am

    I love to sit in front of the fireplace with a cup of hot chocolate. But honestly my best memory from this past winter was when I was able to leave the frozen weather and go to Arizona to visit my sister and enjoy the sunshine.

  45. 45
    Ashleigh Hamblin
    March 15, 2014 at 8:56 am

    I loved the fires in the fireplace & sitting in front them with my family & hot soup!

  46. 46
    Erin C
    March 15, 2014 at 9:00 am

    I love listening to the rain as I go to sleep.

  47. 47
    Melissa Spencer
    March 15, 2014 at 9:04 am

    My husband’s family has a cabin at bearlake. We also love hanging out at the cabin. Snowmobiling, tubing, etc.

  48. 48
    March 15, 2014 at 9:14 am

    I’ve been loving baking while cooped up in the house. But I’m ready to be outside enjoying the spring weather.

  49. 49
    Alicia R
    March 15, 2014 at 9:18 am

    sledding with my kids, my two year old boys did it for the first time this year. Fun.

  50. 50
    Julie Yelverton
    March 15, 2014 at 9:20 am

    I loved just snuggling up on the couch under a big warm blanket with my girls.

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