Shawn Peterson shapes the blocks of snow piece by piece as he helps build an igloo on a snowy day. (photo by Stella Peterson)

Shawn Peterson shapes the blocks of snow piece by piece as he helps build an igloo on a snowy day. (photo by Stella Peterson)

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Suquamish family makes the most of snow days by building an igloo

One family in Suquamish took full advantage of this week’s snowstorm and rather than the traditional snowman, opted to construct an actual igloo.

Stella Peterson always encourages her family to get outdoors and do something no matter the weather, so when this week’s snow blew through it was time to get outside and have some fun.

“We just like to do fun stuff. We have two teenagers a 15-year-old girl and a 13-year-old boy, and I just like to always do stuff to get out of the house. The first night … we built a snowman and like all the typical stuff and then on the third night we thought you know what we should build an igloo!” Peterson said.

The Peterson’s first began to build it on their own using shoeboxes to form the blocks of snow and ice, which took a long time and they eventually took a break. When Shawn Peterson, Stella’s husband came home from work, he had another idea.

“He’s like I think I can find another box, he found these better boxes, these plastic bigger ones and I was like ‘oh my goodness this is way better!”

The Petersons spent hours building the igloo starting at noon and only taking a break for dinner around 5 p.m., then going back out at 8 p.m. and finishing the final product by midnight.

Needless to say, the Peterson family took full advantage of the heavy snowfall this week.

Natalie Peterson, 15, smiles for the camera as she prepares to climb into the igloo (photo by Stella Peterson)

Natalie Peterson, 15, smiles for the camera as she prepares to climb into the igloo (photo by Stella Peterson)

(l-r) Dylan, Stella and Natalie Peterson (not pictured Shawn Peterson)-photo by Natalie Peterson.

(l-r) Dylan, Stella and Natalie Peterson (not pictured Shawn Peterson)-photo by Natalie Peterson.

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