Enter the 2010-11 winter. Oh, it's cold enough. Then get an ice storm with a couple of inches of ice, and we were good to go. Tim went out and tested it and it was solid! So we played on the ice, threw snow balls, slid to make a slick ice path, and then decided to build a snowman out on the pond.
Eli is really getting big enough to do some serious help, but Tim was still the man to stack them. Then Tim got a little carried away with the facial features, as evidenced here.