I sprung for the $3 (originally $6) shovel. It got all the way up to 21F today so we jumped at the heat wave and made a fort in the backyard.
We've gotten so much snow that we didn't actually have to build a fort at all. We just had to dig a hole in the center of the yard. He had so much fun this morning.
Of course mommy took the opportunity to do a full on photo shoot. It's the first time he's ever played in the snow though.
It's possibly the best $3 I've ever spent.