As if you haven’t already guessed, we Austinites get a little light-headed and giddy when actual winter weather arrives. It’s all so exciting and rare.
“Look Mom! The thermometer dipped below 70! And it’s FEBRUARY!”

So naturally, last week’s icy and snowy conditions were especially thrilling. The day off from school was great and all, but what really got my kids amped up was a little undertaking Rascal called Freezing Everyone and Their Aunt Rita in Carbonite Just Like in The Star Wars Movie That Mom Always Calls Number 2, But Really is Number 5.

It. Was. Awesome.

When I look back at these photos, I am tempted to put a philosophical spin to the whole endeavor…to compare it to the flood of feelings and memories I have been desperate to freeze in my mind. To wax on about the exit of winter and the onset of spring. To recall the inevitable thawing that follows any intense experience. To consider the beauty and harshness of something so lively and fluid being altered overnight by a force larger than ourselves.

But I’m not going there. It’s too much for me right now. And maybe that’s ok. Instead, I’m going to remember this little project as nothing more than a couple Star Wars fans parading in and out the back door, spilling drops of water along the way, scheming, laughing…all so they could relive the power of an unforgettable scene in a favorite movie.

Come to think of it, maybe they were trying to freeze memories as well.


  1. This goes to my point that, if the parents were left in charge of coming up with a rainy day activity (or in this case, a freezey day activity) it would have probably never crossed your mind to freeze small plastic figures in ice. It takes a kid to be that insane. I love love love these pictures. Were there any good final words a la “Hans, I love you!” “I know.”?

    You guys must have loved that VW commercial during the Super Bowl.

    • So so true. The puzzles and board games lasted about 10 minutes, but the carbonite process took HOURS. (Days actually, since the weather cooperated.)

      Yes, we loved that VW commercial!

  2. That is awesome – I wish we’d thought of it! I will remember that for our next no school snow day.

    Just wanted to say hi. Christina from A Closet Writer told me about your blog, and I’m so glad she did. I’m in Austin, too.

    And I’m sorry to hear of your loss. Your mother sounds like a truly amazing woman! My thoughts are with you and yours.

  3. Ok, why have we never done this? And I live in the frosty north where this morning it’s 9. I wonder what my kids would say if they came home to frozen people?

    • One of the best parts was when they decided to free everyone. Some were violently smashed until the ice broke, while others were left to melt. (Not sure how they chose someone’s fate, but I can attest that no Star Wars figures were injured in the process.)

  4. Does it surprise you at all to know that even though my kid is way too young to enjoy something like this I STILL want to do it…

  5. What a great group of talented ladies that are enjoying your blog–of course I share it with my older friends & they love Sunday Grace the most!

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