Someone (not mentioning any names here) took the top off the sand box a few days ago and the ice melted into a lovely pool of mud. This was Elly's first stop in her re-discovery of the back yard.
And the slide still slides, if you don't mind landing in the snow.
The kids were cold and wet by the time they finally decided to go inside, but they really enjoyed themselves out there. Maybe by this time next week the snow will have all disappeared. One can only hope.