And after the snow came freezing rain:
The birch tree out back was bending over practically in half. No surprise when two hours after I took this picture, two of the sections cracked off and crashed to the ground!
The Rhody out back was flopped over to about 1/3 of the height it normally is, and branches off the maple tree which I can usually walk under were bent so far they were touching the ground.
Dan told me to offer the kids the opportunity to bundle up, wear a helmet, and knock ice off some of the plants (nothing we could do about the tall fir tree and whatnot, but we could attempt to rescue the decorative maples, the fruit trees, and the Rhodies!). Emily volunteered, though was NOT happy about the helmet (or how hard I laughed when I saw her!!). Better safe that sorry, though, there were some LARGE chunks of ice coming down on us as we were banging at the branches!