Happy Groundhog Day!


Yesterday, we packed up our car at 5:30 in the morning and drove an hour to the Lutz Children's Museum in Manchester, CT to meet Chuckles the Groundhog.  Chuckles the VIII is Connecticut's official "Groundhog," and so she makes the spring prediction for the state of Connecticut.

As we entered the museum at 6:40 ish, we were greeted by a sea of other families and TV news anchors, all waiting for Chuckles's very important prediction...  I must admit that even my son, who LOVES the snow, was hoping Chuckles would predict an early spring. 

Still, no such luck.  The speaker came out with Chuckles in hand and gave everyone the gloomy news--six more weeks of winter.  Everyone was so disappointed, you could hear a pin drop in the room.  (I, too, was a little disappointed, but then again, I haven't felt like we've had enough time to adequately enjoy the snow...  I still want to go snow tubing and to take a sleigh ride... Maybe there's still hope!)

The famous Punxsutawney Phil from Pennsylvania saw his shadow Sunday morning too, foretelling six more weeks of winter.  There were over 20,000 spectators for that event; I'd like to make the trip one year...

So for now, we have another few inches of snow planned in the forecast for this coming week...maybe we'll even have another snow day or two.  I don't mind those at all :)

My son didn't make this paper groundhog.  My husband did.  Little Lewie was too busy playing on the "pretend trolley."

Meet Chuckles, the Groundhog.  It turns out that our famous little guy was a rescue after she was discovered injured and orphaned as a baby.


And here she is again...So super cute!

And here's my memory of being there since all of us just looked way too tired in our pictures... Early morning photo shoots just aren't our thing!


  1. What a fun thing to do! If winter is going to continue to be as warm as it has well, I think I can handle it. :)

  2. You guys do such fun things! I want to join your family! Too bad we live too far to meet up!

  3. How fun! We have lots of groundhogs around our place. They are kind of a nuisance, but they are also very cute. I think the 6 more weeks of winter is going to be pretty accurate this year.

  4. What a fun Groundhog Day activity! We had a groundhog that lived in our yard in Massachusetts, and we enjoyed seeing him run around, even though he DID eat our garden.

  5. This is such a great activity! I'm sure he loved being able to see a real groundhog! :) I actually live about 40 minutes from Punxsy! Fun little fact there :)


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