Day 7 In This Frozen Wasteland

So, how about the weather, huh?

Of course, if you're not in the eye of the storm here on the East Coast, your weather is perfectly fine. Or not. I can't see much past the end of my driveway. The kids have been in school a total of 7 hours in the past week, and I've been out of the house exactly twice. Both times for groceries.

I'm normally quite anal about things like bedtimes and such, but lately I've been learning to lighten up and let the kids live a little. Since we got the call early yesterday that the kids wouldn't be having school today, I figured I'd let them stay up late watching movies so that we could all sleep in this morning.

Grand plans of kids giggling into the night, followed by them chipping in to help with the requested French toast for breakfast, and a day of wonderful family togetherness were dancing in my head.

That worked as planned right up until the crack of dawn, when Micah wanted to reassure himself that the hills were still alive. (He and Julie Andrews are tight.) The breakfast happened as it did in my head, but things fell apart shortly thereafter.

Board games got boring two days ago. Movies got old the day before that. Playing together is just insanity because now I have four tired, grumpy, bored kids on my hands and if they're in the same house as each other they fall to fighting to break the monotony.

I'm a genius of a parent. Tonight's bedtime will be 6 PM to make up for my faux pas yesterday. But on the brighter side, I now know what I'm getting my husband for Valentine's Day. I'M GETTING OUT OF THE HOUSE. It'll be a sanity saver, and that's something we can all appreciate.

12 comments:

Cecily R said...

HOLY CRUD! That pic puts it into perspective!!!

I totally laughed at the hills are alive quip. I can almost hear the duet. :)

Karen said...

Being that I moved to Northern Utah three years ago from Phoenix, AZ, I can honestly say that I feel your pain. I can at least say that my kids are getting to go to school.

The only advice I have is......find some things to do outside. It helps. Even if you freeze your back side off. (remember to wear layers.) Food coloring art in the snow can be fun. Sand box toys also work great in the snow. (snow forts) Cardboard can make a fun sled if it's cold enough on a small hill. (Sometimes works better with cooking spray on the bottom of it.) I know I have more ideas for you, but my brain is too tired to remember them. Here's to hoping and praying you don't have to use any of these ideas......

Hang in there.

designHER Momma said...

snow storms sound great in theory - but really suck in reality. This is what I've determined. (coming from someone who hasn't left the house since sunday)

Andrea said...

That is an awesome picture!! Snow days are funfor a day, butany longer......it gets d fast! Your an of fun filled night with movies did sound like fun! We do that sort of thing at new years!! I hope the kids get some sleep tonight and I hope u all are staying warm!

My computer died,so don't think I've forgotten you, I just don't have a computer. I am reading blogs on my iPhone and one can only read tiny writting for so long!! :)

Karen said...

Karen - Those are wonderful ideas - thanks for sharing! You sound experienced. haha

Viv said...

So, uh...how'd that 6 o'clock thing work out for ya?

Fishsticks and Fireflies said...

I LOVE the picture - really, really beautiful! Being snowed in always sounds so cozy and like it will be so much fun, but being forced to spend every.waking.moment with each other gets old - quick. I hope the thaw comes soon! (And your Valentine's gift sounds PERFECT!)

Becoming Mommy said...

That sounds like an awesome idea.

And getting out? It's kind of overrated. We tried several times. Are you familiar with the Monty Python Cheese Shop Sketch?

Trisha said...

Wow - that picture is amazing! I wish I had ideas about how to keep the kiddos occupied. Home schooling???

Karen said...

Becoming Mommy - can you believe that I'm not familiar with Monty python at all?

Becoming Mommy said...

Karen,
Check this out. You'll see what I mean:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=B3KBuQHHKx0

Michelle said...

yes we're running out of ideas here too. By the time Kayla goes back to school it'll be 11 days in a row that she was out. That's this whole week, bookended by two 3-day weekends (she was off Fri for an in-service day) and then the holiday on Mon of course. Which I think they should just cancel since we're used up all the snow days, and then some!