Shattering crashes speckled the ice encased silence as people wandered out of their houses adorned in layers. Children pointed to their swings and slides as they ran over to them, awing over the statues of their favorite playthings. Some of them tried hammering their tiny gloved hands on the crystallized surfaces, only to come away with pieces of ice as their victory trophies. Onlookers took pictures of the once in a lifetime view, preserving the icy world in their own capsules. Parents ushered children back to their homes, away from the wonderland of cold fantasy.