Success at last! The temperature rose above freezing overnight and everything started to melt, creating snow wet enough for packing. We bundled up for the third time and trekked outdoors to pile and pack and cram snow into bulbous bodies. I got a bit grumpy about Aleks wanting to collect icicles because I didn't want him under the eaves risking being impaled by the dang things falling. I promised him instead that I'd grab some for his bath later. My good friend Mati suggested putting the icicles in the bath, which is excellent, because they disappear, which is fun for the boys to marvel over and they're no longer in my freezer, which is good for me.
Jon came out to take photos before the sun went completely down.