The 7 Stages of a Snow Day

snowI have a love / hate relationship with the snow but letsbehonest, it’s mostly the hating part. Don’t get me wrong – it all starts out fine:

You look outside and see those white fluffy balls of magic falling and oh yeah, it’s pretty great. Your Inner Olaf is there for it. The ground gets covered in a soft white blanket, life feels quieter for a moment and maybe you are even lucky and school gets cancelled so you can stay at home in your pajamas.

The first snow fall of the year comes with the bonus of having forgotten all about last year’s snowfalls. It’s kind of like child birth. Your kids ask to go play outside and you are a FUN MOM so you are there for it!


But did I mention that I’m not a very good winter person? Yeah after about five minutes I remember that I know nothing Jon Snow.


Snow is the worst. Being cold is the worst. Being outside in general is just a poor life choice. So I run back inside and make some hot cocoa immediately. I make some for the kids, too, because I’m still a FUN MOM. I’m just an Inside Fun Mom.


The kids eventually come back inside and for awhile it’s all  good. You let them play more video games than usual which ranks you up there with Rock Stars and You Tube Celebrities for a minute. You read a book, you play on your phone, cook something ridiculously unhealthy and easy for dinner and it’s all good. You got this.

But then it keeps snowing and the next day school is STILL CANCELED and your FUN MOM momentum bails on you. And you remember that your kids are like super annoying. I swear they weren’t always this annoying but after prolonged exposure anything stops being fun. Even your little darlings who cannot stop talking to you or fighting with each other. Suddenly cocoa starts to look more like this:


Eventually it stops snowing enough for school to close and your small children are ready to be shipped off to somewhere else. Hurray! But it’s a bittersweet victory because it also means you have to do this:


And this:


And this:


But if you survive all that, you get to go back to this:


So I guess it’s not all terrible.

What about you – how does snow make you feel?

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Snow, Snow, More Snow

It’s snowing. It almost seems redundant to say so, we’ve already gotten so much and it seems to have no intention of stopping. It’s peaceful to watch – the snow has been taking it’s time, falling gently, looking very unassuming, but tells me that it’s 14 degrees out and not getting any warmer – tomorrow will be warmer, but still snowing with sleet mixed in. I’m trying to decide when I will be able to get my grocery shopping done. I’ve already made some clever maneuvers in my planning to get dinner on the table either way this weekend, but we’re almost out of milk and juice and I’m kicking myself for not going to the store sooner. We really shouldn’t try to subsist on soda, iced tea and straight egg nog. There’s water still, but that’s not enough for a two year old or his pregnant mommy. I might send dh to the store for the essentials. But he might have to walk. Did I mention 14 degrees?

Right now I’m the only one awake – my son, his friend whom we’re baby sitting today, and the hubby have all settled down for a much needed nap. I tried to follow suit but couldn’t get comfortable or tired enough to fall asleep. I’m feeling too bored to be productive – is that weird? I could balance my checkbook, read, or maybe work on my pile of magazines, but ahhh – what I really want is to get out. Not gonna happen, at least not today. We’ve already committed ourselves to staying home so unless we get brave enough to play outside (in 14 degree weather – ack!) I’ll be inside for awhile. Bored bored bored. I’ve been window shopping for things we don’t need and can’t afford. Just because.

My diet is kind of getting blown to smithereens, obviously, because I’m bored. And cold. I want to make cookies or a pie – and feel housewifey and revel in the warmth coming from a sweet-smelling kitchen – but then I’d have cookies or pie to eat, which wouldn’t help with that dieting thing. Stupid diets. Stupid cookies. I’ve wrapped all the presents I can wrap. We need to pick up the pictures I had printed at Walmart and assemble them into the appropriate gifts before I can wrap those – which means going out, even further than the grocery store. Guess how high on my list of things to  do that is? We’ve got until Thursday. We’ll be fine. But I’m still bored.

I’ve taken quizzes and watched videos and now I can’t turn the on volume on my computer because MM’s friend naps in the living room (no way I’m letting two toddlers “nap” in the same room) – which means I can’t work out, watch tv or even play a video game. My score on Geo Challenge isn’t getting any higher. I already checked the mail – another Christmas card and the credit card bill, which dh paid last week.

I’m feeling listless and appologetic because this is the most boring post ever but that’s okay because I’m bored bored bored. I want to go take pictures of the snow – but I still don’t want to go outside or risk waking up any of the kids (dh included). Plus – I’m worried that 14 degrees is just too cold to risk – I could wait until tomorrow – if we have time to play in the snow and take pictures. This boring post is starting to bore me. So I’ll stop typing any little minute now so you can stop being bored, too – if you are even still reading this. (You are a trooper if you are, and I should give you an award or something – how about some of the cookies that I’m not baking? It’s the thought that counts right – and non-cookies are calorie free!) Okay I’m really going to stop now.

Enjoy your Saturday everyone!