I remember being SO excited when I was a kid and we’d have a snow day! It is still exciting as a mom…however, this snow WEEK seems like it will never end! We are on day 5 of being “stuck” inside together! The tough part is that we can’t go anywhere! The snow starts to melt in the afternoon, then the temperature drops only to refreeze it all overnight and we are inside the next day with icy roads again!
So, I thought I’d share some of the things we’ve done during this snow week and some things I’ve learned!
First, here are the lessons I’ve learned:
*It’s more fun to be snowed in with friends! Sunday afternoon we invited some of our good friends to come over and get snowed in with us! 🙂 You probably think we’re crazy…and I’m pretty sure we are, but we had so much fun! They spent Sunday and Monday nights with us along with their three daughters and it was great! The kids had friends to play with, we had our friends to play board games with and just hang out with and it made the whole experience even more fun!
We had so much fun playing in the snow! The boys could have lasted out there all day! We women-folk, however, were done after about 15 minutes!
*Homeschooling has its advantages and disadvantages when it comes to snow. Advantage: you don’t get behind on school work! Disadvantage: you still have work to do! there aren’t any excuses!
Dash did get really good at making "perfect" q's!
Jack Jack even insisted that he do some work! He lasted about 2.5 minutes!
*Boys have a LOT of energy! I mean, I knew boys had way more energy (or wiggles as my boys like to call it) than girls, but when it snows and you’re stuck inside for going on 5 days it is just way more magnified!
While our friends were here, we had some mad paper airplanes entertaining us!
*Snow weeks are the perfect week to potty train! On Tuesday I decided it was time for Jack Jack to potty train! He has done wonderfully! We are not without accidents, but for the most part he has caught on like a champ and I’m sure it has nothing to do with the Starburst he gets after each trip to the potty!
Jack Jack was very proud of himself and had a very good attitude about wearing undies! (I'm pretty sure he's going to love me one day for posting this picture!)
*Santa is the bomb for bringing Violet and Dash Nintendo DS’s this year! Phew!
*Scrabble Cheez-its are very exciting! Jack Jack gets way more excited about Cheez-its when they have letters on them. Genius! Now, if they could only stamp letters onto broccoli maybe my other two would eat it!
*You can get a lot of laundry done when you have nowhere to go!
*You don’t create as much laundry when you have nowhere to go! (pajama day every day!)
*On a more serious note, I was reminded of how blessed we are to have a warm home, clothes to keep us warm and food to eat. I am thankful that our power didn’t go out and we were all safe together.
Moving on, here are some things we did this week to fill our time:
*Drank a LOT of coffee (can I get a witness!?)
We became very close this week...ole Hamilton Beech provided a lot of warmth and comfort! (and energy!)
* Played some bored, I mean BOARD games! 🙂 I wish I had some video of my friend and I kicking Mr. Incredible and his friend’s rear in Catch Phrase! (he he!)
*Ate a LOT of food and boy was it yummy. Blue Ribbon freezer to the rescue! I have to say we did shudder a few times at the thought of running out of orange juice and/or milk. These kids can get crazy on ya if they can’t get their fix! (we rationed it out and all was well!)
*Made snow cream! So yummy! The kids LOVED it!
This was way easier than we thought it'd be and everyone loved it!
Look at those sweet, happy faces!
* We, of course, had some good ole’ outdoor play time! My boys would’ve stayed out there all day!
What says "the family that plays together stays together" better than a good old fashioned snowball fight!? (it seemed the dads were getting hit the most!)
* Wii was my rescue when Jack Jack, Dash and Violet needed to “get the wiggles out”!!! Their incredible Aunt Issie gave them Just Dance Kids for Christmas and boy did it come in handy! Thank you, Aunt Issie!!!!!
They are a hoot to watch! I love how they get into it...even Jack Jack..and it is such great exercise when you can't get outside!
* Jack Jack and Mr. Incredible snuggled by the fire! (awwwww!) Dash and Violet had their eyes glued to Garfield or something equally as educational!
Aren't they just too cute!?
*Dash wrote a book titled, I Love Trains! He is in super creative mode. Loves to draw and is very creative with his drawings. I’ll have to do a post on them soon.
* Walked, ok slid, down the street to see what the neighbors were doing. Some young 20 somethings (wow, did I just say that!? I thought I was young!) built a snowman that must be 8 or 9 feet tall! It was quite humorous watching them try to get the second snowball on top of the base! Entertainment…that’s all I was asking for and we got it!
He's lost a tennis ball eye now, but he was once a glorious site! 😉
All in all this week I’ve felt very blessed. Blessed to have such wonderful kids and husband. Blessed to get a whole week of quality time with them (even though they drove me bonkers at times..the kids, not the hubs)…blessed that they were ok spending that much time with ME! Blessed to have food, shelter, warmth, and things to do. Blessed to have fun friends to share this with.
And guess what!? School has been cancelled tomorrow too!!!!! (I sure hope I feel the same way this time tomorrow too!)