CHRISTINA, TRAVIS AND TRENT PACKER huddle inside the two-room igloo Trent built out of the snow in his in-laws yard. (Submitted photos).

Missouri visitors like Minnesota snow

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Staff Writer
Jennifer Edwards
Big Lakers Connie and David Massena had surprise company from out of town over the holidays.
Daughter Christina, Christina’s husband, Trent Packer, and grandson Travis, age three, came from Missouri to stay over Christmas.
While they were   here, it snowed. Trent used the snowblower to clear the driveway.
“My son-in-law isn't used to this volume of snow and asked to use the snowblower as he was going to build an igloo,” said Connie. “I believe his inner child came out this season.” 
“My husband said ‘go for it’, not thinking it would become what it actually is. You can't really tell how tall it is until you actually see it, but my son-in-law is 5 '8",” she said.
“I did it for my son,” said Trent. “We never usually get more than four inches of snow but we do get a lot of ice.”
Trent piled the snow up and created a quinzhee with  two rooms inside. Travis was delighted. So was Christina, who graduated from Big Lake High School in 2004.
After school Christina joined the Army National Guard. She met Trent while they were both attending a military school in San Jose,  TX. The couple married five years ago.
This weekend, Trent arranged a special anniversary surprise for Christina. The igloo was the perfect place to sip a glass of wine by candlelight as the young couple celebrated five years together on a big pile of blankets.
The young couple has returned to Missouri now. Christina is headed back to school where she is studying to become a nurse and Trent back to work.

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