Monday, February 13, 2012

Snow Day

Today is a snow day.  This seems laughable given the fact that the ground is, at this point, only about 50% covered at ALL and the roads have been fine nearly all day.  However, I think the teachers were looking forward to a snow day at least as much as the kids, so quite a few schools took the day off.

I couldn't have been happier to have the house phone ring at 5:45 a.m.

The kids and I rolled out of bed and really got moving around 9.  I'm sure Oz will kill me when he reads that since he got up, got dressed, made coffee, and left before the rest of us even considered waking up... but the truth is what it is.

I got things started right by releasing the chickens and making sure they had plenty of food.  I started laundry, cleaned litter boxes, and then... then I fixed brunch.  I made a recipe that I'd stashed on a board on Pinterest (it's called cinnamon roll pulls, and you can find a link to it on my board here).  I served over-medium fried eggs and fresh strawberries with it, and we ate quite happily.  I told M1 that he was NOT having a full snow day since the kids got along amazingly well yesterday and I am not about to tempt that sort of fate by allowing the kids two do-nothing days in a row, so I sat him down with some writing and math to keep him busy.  He did that, and then the kids scampered outside to make "snow circles" (small circular walls made of snow) while I turned the hallway into another Pinterest creation (see previous link) involving yarn and tape.  The kids were ecstatic when they came back inside, snowy wet shoes and all, to discover the hall had been turned into a "laser grid" obstacle course.  That killed at least half an hour, at the end of which screaming was about to commence because M1 decided that he needed to rearrange the course to make it harder... so hard, in fact, that he couldn't get out of it and neither could M2, who was the one doing the screaming.

Cue time for school, round 2!  M2 participated in this round.  I read history while M1 did a corresponding coloring page and M2 signed all her Valentines for her class party tomorrow; they created their own version of a Bayeux Tapestry with memories of their choosing; and they did a science experiment involving one cup of hot water, one cup of cold water, and blue food coloring (M1 was shocked at how much faster the dye spread through the hot than the cold - he had anticipated the results, but not quite so dramatically).

At the moment, M1 is practicing piano while M2 is dusting her room.  In a few minutes, M1 will join her in the room-cleaning endeavor.  Then we'll all fold laundry.  Once those chores are done, it'll be time for hot cocoa and a movie.

By the time that's over, I'll be in the kitchen fixing beef-barley-Brussels sprout stew and rolls, and the day will come to an end.  In theory, all shall remain pleasant.

We never really sit still around here, and I didn't even get done some of the things I had planned today (glow-in-the-black-light Jell-O, anyone?), but all in all, I think it's been a very successful snow day!

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