Thursday, March 4, 2010

Snow, snow go away

The phone rang at 6 am. In another life, Ryan would have leapt from bed and grabbed the receiver in under a second. Not so much anymore. No reason anyway. It's someone from the school district, again. Last week the caller announced, "due to an uncertain forecast...", then school was canceled and we had a beautiful sunshine-y day. And maybe 24 flakes of snow. When the phone rang Tuesday I just rolled over and put a pillow over my head, but not before I heard her say something about no school and not having a crystal ball. (I think maybe they are getting some slack.) At least this time it actually snowed. About 6 inches. I'm ready to move further south.

I feel like a shut-in. I can count on one finger the number of times I have actually gotten dressed and left the house this week.

The kids are feeling it too. I know because my ears are starting to hurt from all the whining and arguing.

Would you believe that our television broke. Just this week. You can watch the TV without sound, or you can listen to a dvd without a picture. Go figure.

Thank goodness for

We have also enjoyed a "tea party" complete with cherry kool-aid, (because being cooped up and on a sugar high is so much more exciting)in our fancy glasses, and saltines topped with peanut butter and toothpicks sticking out the top.

We've made birthday cards and had pretend birthday parties. We've done play dough and painting. We've raced cars, dressed baby dolls(over and over and over), learned "Twinkle, Twinkle" on the keyboard, and "decorated" homemade pizza. We ate leftovers by candlelight and made the best oatmeal chocolate chip cookies ever.

So, it hasn't been all bad. But really, I am ready to get out of dodge. Especially because our house is currently torn to pieces.

Today the sun was shining. That makes me hopeful!

I think tomorrow I'll get dressed. And if nothing else, at least walk up to the mailbox.


katie said...

We have felt the same way! We have done every craft imaginable but I didnt even think to have a pretend Birthday Party how fun! I think we have made enough cookies to feed a few armys over the past 2 months. And Gage is now addicted to PBS kids Mr. Rogers little movies on how to make crayons, balls, shoes etc. I had him get on the Eliptical a few times to get some energy out.(thats when you know you have ran out of ideas):) Summer cant come fast enough.

Jenny or sometimes Bozo said...

It sounds like my life, only I'm not near as fun as you:) You'll be happy to know that today was the first time I got ready this week. Hang in there. Spring is coming, I just know it!

MommyJ said...

NO worries... there's always saturday school to make us feel better!! We were only out two days this week... the second one I absolutely didn't understand.

Carmen said...

I keep hearing and seeing from Pat you guys are getting dumped on with snow this year. I can't believe it! (I lived in NC my whole life basically and never saw that many snowfalls for the state in a single winter).
I hope it warms up soon! And I guess I shouldn't tell you what the temp is outside here right might get jealous. ;) *hugs*

alison said...

You are ALWAYS welcome to bring your little kiddo's and camp out West at our house! We would LOVE to see you, come on , do!

You are a VERY creative little mommy! You kiddo's are sooooo lucky!

Jennie Ruth said...

this sounds like our house! between snow and recovering from surgery, the house is a wreck, we have no clean dishes and Mr. Pants is TV'd out.

have you built a fort yet? that's the current favorite activity--blankets tucked and propped and clothespinned to make a roof, lots of pillows and blankets.

i'm totally stealing your pretend birthday idea. we can make a cake and cake always makes everything better-ish.

Vision Design said...

Ooh, I hadn't thought of a fort. Great idea! It's been forever since we've done that.
I can't claim any of the creativity. That is all Avery.
(And in case anyone cares, today the sun is shining, I'm showered AND dressed, and I plan to run errands after Brittain's nap. Yay!)

Marsha said...

Your mornings sound very similar to mine. I was telling Larry about her crystal ball comment & the "I know this is not what you want to hear this morning," that she said yesterday. Yes, we are ready for NO MORE SNOW!

Kneisly's said...

Your post makes me grateful that it's only snowed 3 or 4 times here. It also makes me grateful that the snow we've had has disappeared within about 24hrs.
You have been very creative.

Destinee said...

Oops. I was using Ryan's computer earlier when I commented.

janet said...

I say move back to IDAHO where we function with the snow or we would be cooped up for 6 months of the year!! no snow days here from school. Avery may be going to school year round this year to make up for it.
Good thing Miss Avery has such a great imagination or you would all be climbing the walls.
AND I REALLY REALLY HOpe your weather is wonderful by the end of next month!!

InkMom said...

Amen, and amen. Amen! If we don't start having school-friendly weather, I'm going to have a nervous breakdown!

(I don't really mean that. I have to be clear about things like that these days!)

Beckii said...

dressed . . . whats dressed?

Anonymous said...

Yes, AMEN is right! I am SO ready for the snow to stop! And getting up this morning (a SATURDAY) and sending the kids to school was exhausting. But hey, Steve and I (and Carolyn) are going out to eat right now!

The comment I liked from the phone calls this week was when she said to remember that the decision [to close schools] is based on what the roads are like "when the busses are running." It really does sound like they are getting some complaints!

Destinee, I agree with everyone else about your ideas. What a way to keep your kids entertained! ( We mainly read all week.) Maybe you can't claim 'creativity,' but is it quite remarkable that you remember--and DO--so many fun things. Kudos to you!

Carol at WRESA said...

Did I mention how quickly it all passes and you'll want it back? Trust me on this.