Wednesday, February 25, 2015

SNOW DAY SURVIVAL: 7 QUICK TIPS

We are on snow day number five or six in two weeks, depending on how you look at it.  To be fair, I missed the first three while we were in Dallas, and I was a teeny bit disappointed at the time thinking that I might have missed all the snow we would get this winter.  As I sit here watching it snow, again,  that is no longer my concern.

So - what's a gal with young children stuck at home supposed to do?  Well - let me give you a few pointers.  I am becoming an expert in this field.  Here are a few things I can recommend.

1 - Have a group text going with your friends who are also stuck.  Use lots of emoticons and send pictures of what is happening at your house.  This has been really encouraging and entertaining to me, because it reminds me all over again that I am not alone.  You can celebrate the small victories like showering and compare movie schedules and fort construction.  It's really great fun.

2 - Give up all expectations for normalcy or a clean house.  This is what my entry way has looked like for large chunks of this week, and I don't even care.  (scratch that. i do care, but i am actively trying not to.)

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Also, don't worry when your children climb onto the table.  It's apparently just what they do.

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At one point today, the girls took to "cleaning" by running wet wash cloths all over stuff.  As you might imagine, this only makes those things wet and usually messier - like the windows.  Don't sweat it.  No biggie.  I didn't want to see through that window anyway.

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3 - Take your kids out only when the sun has come out and everything is melting.  This was largely successful for us.  (They didn't even really need the hats, but come on!  Look at the cute hats on the cute twins!  How could I resist?  I could not.)

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Like I said, this plan was largely working well for us.  Until it wasn't.

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4 - Let the kids use whatever they want to make a snowman.  Ours is no cookie-cutter snowman.  No sir.  We have a unique snowman, with a unique name: Olaf.

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(He does have some unique aspects, I'll admit.  That gum ball is his pipe according to Lily.)

5 - Don't own a restaurant.  It will only make your life harder.  Just sayin.

6 - Do make this Nutella Pie thing that I found on Facebook.  {Post by Mavi Kocaeli}

It sort of looks snowflakeish, and we had it for lunch today.

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I didn't read anything about the recipe.  I made ours using my mom's pie crust recipe and spreading butter on top of everything and sprinkling it with sugar before baking it at 350 degrees for 25ish minutes.  You could add peanut butter (or in our case, Wowbutter or Almond Butter) and/or cinnamon, and for future reference, I would probably brush with egg yolk to have it crisp up a little more quickly.  It was a tasty lunch.

7 - You should also look on Pinterest for good ideas to entertain your children indoors for days on end.  But - don't become overwhelmed at all the possibilities.  Or think that you have to do them all.  I scoured my "Fun For Little Friends" board on Pinterest one night thinking I would end up with something great.  I discounted most ideas for the sheer mess involved or the fact that the twins would not be able to participate, and then I realized how little I actually set up projects for my children.  It's just not my thing.  Other things are my thing, and I'm okay with that.  I settled on searching through this fantastic link of chapter books for preschoolers.  I am good at reading out loud, so we downloaded Mr. Poppers Penguins on the iPad, and the girls have loved it.

So those are my tips.  If you are snowed in, I hope you are making it.  This morning I asked the Lord to help my heart have a good attitude about today, because I knew I was going to need it.  He has graciously answered that prayer, and it's been a pretty good day.  That said, I have every finger, toe and hair crossed that tomorrow we will be back in routine.

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