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Military family makes the best of freezing temps

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LA CROSSE, Wisconsin (WXOW)-- The cold weather canceled schools and activities across the state.

But the subzero temperatures aren't all bad news.

"I like it because we get to go to special places and spend time together," said 6-year-old Rickie Tillotson, who didn't have to go to school.

Finding time to spend as a family hasn't always been easy for the Tillotsons. Rick and Jackie, Rickie's parents, both recently retired from the military and have more than 50 years of service between the two of them.

"I missed all of Rickie's first year, I was in Iraq," Rick said. "So we're trying to take advantage of the time together."

So when schools closed and Rick couldn't make the commute to work thanks to dangerously cold temperatures, no one in this family complained. Instead, they are making the best of a 20 below day.

"I like it because lots of time he has to go to work or leave us or go to work somewhere else and I like spending time with my daddy," Rickie said.

The Tillotsons say they are heeding warnings and staying indoors but it doesn't mean they have to stay home.

"We've been our house, stuck in there a couple days so we thought it'd be fun to come here to the mall and let her play a little bit and get a cup of coffee and warm our fingers," Jackie said. "It's like more Christmas vacation."

But like most of us, Rickie is hoping for some sunshine soon.

"(It's) not the worst thing ever but I would like it to be warmer."

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