When the snow is a few days old it becomes nice and wet — perfect for building things out of snow. Brian has always enjoyed making whimsical snow creatures — I remember him building hearts and Easter Island heads for me when we were first dating — and this year, he’s making dinosaurs. Hence the cool spiky Stegasaurus on our front lawn. Alas, the icicles were removed by our children a few days later, so it now looks like some other kind of -saur. I still love the snowy guy anyway. Brian is especially proud of the fact that the dinosaur looks as if he is munching on our shrubs.
Brian just finished this T-Rex last night, created in honor of the first full sentences Jeffrey wrote by himself at school: “I am T rex. I am smiling at you.” We are quite proud of Mr. Rex; you can’t quite tell in this picture, but the icicle claws are slightly curved — they were formed by water dripping down some leaves. This sculpture is positioned in our yard in such a way that he looks as if he’s just about to chase the steg-less stegasaur, who, owing to some warm weather, looks rather dismayed about the loss of his spiky stegs. But that’s natural selection for you.
Brian made a THIRD snowasaur just this afternoon, mere minutes after I had finished writing the above blather. It’s a triceratops (a request from Jeffrey), and looks mega-awesome. It’s ready to kick some major T-Rex tail: