Wednesday, December 11, 2013

Snow Day

Yesterday was a snow day around here; we got 5 inches over the course of the morning and afternoon.  It was a good kind of snow – gentle and steady, piling up on our decks and roofs and limbs of trees like powdered sugar.

It was enough snow that the kids had off school but my husband was able to drive to work with no issues; when he left before dawn it wasn’t snowing yet.  Same with getting home at the end of the day - the later commuters must have stayed home with the kids so by afternoon, the roads were just wet and he cruised home a half an hour quicker than normal.

I cleaned and baked cookies while the kids played with their friends outside.  They did some sledding and snowball fighting, and made their way indoors to warm living rooms and hot chocolate when their noses and fingers got cold.  I admit that maybe my snow day was more peaceful than others, because my kids were out of the house all day.  Other moms dried their wet things so they could be shooed out again into the snow.

They came home to cookies and warm baths; my son’s clothes were covered in mud and I asked no questions but threw his clothes in the wash.  It only mattered that he was out there, enjoying a day off with built in entertainment that fell from the sky in the form of thousands of snowflakes.

We said no to our evening activities, scared off by the threat of icy roads caused by rapidly plummeting temperatures and encouraged by the coziness of our home.  We ate dinner and played video games and watched TV and made Christmas cards instead.  We went to bed a little earlier than usual, ready to tuck this day in and move onto the next.

We all needed a snow day.

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Not my snow day.  I failed to take pictures yesterday.  I KNOW.
But isn't it pretty?



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    1. It was very nice. And I was glad that the next day was just a regular day. :)

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  2. Nice! I miss those days. We didn't have any snow here (Seattle) last year. I'm hoping for at least one - just one! - snow day this year.

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    1. It's funny, we didn't have a snow day last year, and I missed it, too. I like a good one once in a while.

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  3. I've never had a snow day. I guess that is a drawback of growing up and currently living in Southern California. Your snow day seemed perfect - calm and relaxing and cookies were involved! If I were to have a snow day, that is how I would want to spend it.

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    1. The cookies are definitely the way to go on a snow day. Southern California has its merits, namely having nice weather all the time. Maybe a beach day is in order?

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  4. We had a nice snow day this week, too. It especially helps when the kids can get shooed to someone else's house to thaw out. I don't usually love snow, but this time it seemed really idyllic and peaceful.

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    1. It was just one of those good days. Not all of them are, are they?

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  5. Yup, we had one, too! Loved. It. Everybody needs a snow day once in a while. We also ended up with three delayed openings between me and Zilla this week, too.

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    1. Yep - we had a delay and the snow day. They were fine; there's just something about seeing the joy on kids' faces when they hear those magic words: "no school today."

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  6. Whoa. Ours our full of in and out and wet stuff and cold stuff and hot chocolate and wanting to be back out and doing it all over again. How do I get other moms to take care of that? Would probably help if we had neighbors.

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    1. Honestly, this doesn't happen very often on a snow day, and I knew enough to enjoy it while it was happening. During other snowstorms there is usually whining and fighting and clothing changes all day long. Like today, as a matter of fact.

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  7. We are having a snow day today. It is a lovely thing. :)

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    1. We had one yesterday, and while it was lovely, the moods weren't nearly as high. I blame the fact that it was a Saturday. ;)

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  8. Yes, our snow day last week was lovely like that too. Peaceful. Beautiful And then the delay yesterday nearly found us all dead by as a result of the extra 2 hours together. Pathetic. But, I'm putting it behind me, and moving on. I gotta think everybody's got the good and bad days, right?? :)

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