Monday, January 9, 2017

Faux Snow Day

Snow here in the south is a pretty rare thing. It maybe snows once a year and when it does the folks up north laugh at our over-reactions.  Jen shared this on our Facebook page and it just about summed up last weekend.  

The talk of the town last week was the snow we might get on Friday night and into Saturday.  The forecasts were calling for anywhere from 1-5 inches so that meant all of the typical prep for southern snow began.  Grocery shelves are wiped clean of bread and milk, schools start canceling or dismissing early, and people relive and remember the storms of the past that left our entire city literally frozen in time.  Jen and I were among those people a few years back.  It got way worse, way faster than anyone had predicted and practically our entire city was stuck somewhere other than their own homes. 

Because of that incident, people don't mess around anymore and I'm more than happy when I got the call that school would be dismissing two hours early on Friday just to be sure everyone was home safely way before the snow began.   For the few hours my kids were in school I did all of the prepping I could for a snow day including a grocery store run, liquor store stop, and making sure all of the kids heavy coats, gloves, etc. were washed and ready to be worn.  

I, personally, love the anticipation of snow.  The frenzy that occurs with people running around town, talking about the possibility of sledding and snow angels, and all of the hype on the news stations that go along with it makes everyone exited!  

The grocery store was busier than I had seen it in a long time and although the bread and milk was pretty well stocked the eggs and bacon were not.  Apparently people want good breakfast food on snow days!  

I got the essentials like popcorn for all of the movies we'd be watching, hot chocolate to warm the kids up after playing out in the cold and stuff to cook for dinner because we wouldn't be going out to eat.  Then my next stop was the liquor store, because in my mind, a little day drinking is perfectly acceptable on a snow day.

Then all of the kids were home and we started to wait.  Little Boo-Boo was looking out the window every chance he got.  Just wishing, waiting and hoping for snow.  

It started raining and then turned into sleet for a while so we knew the snow must be close.  The kids did their regular superstitions to assure the snow would come...pajamas inside out and flushing ice cubes down the potty.

When I went to bed around midnight it still wasn't snowing and I was starting to get nervous that we wouldn't get anything at all.  I woke up around 6 and before rolling over and going back to bed I peeked outside and saw just a very small dusting of snow.

I thought for sure that my kids would wake up and be disappointed, but it was actually quite the opposite.  They were SO excited to look outside and see any snow at all and couldn't wait to get out in it to play.  

It was only then that we realized that he little snow we did get was covered in a sheet of ice and everything else, including our driveway, was also ice.  The plants, the basketball net, the streets, all of it - ICE! 

We might not have been able to sled or make a snowman or even have a snowball fight, but by golly we were still going to make the most of it.  My kids (all 4 of them - yes, including the Mr.) had a ball on our giant ice skating rink of a driveway.  They did donuts in the golf cart and power wheels, pretended to ice skate and ate icicles all day long.  

Even our pup, Walker, was loving it.  He was running around, eating ice/snow, and just having a grand ol' time.  I was so happy to see them all having so much fun and loved that they got excited, even if it was just a tiny bit of winter fun.

I made them come in every once and a while to warm up, because it was seriously SO cold.  When I wasn't making hot chocolate I spent most of my time parked on the couch, warming up by the fire, sipping wine and enjoying this AMAZING book.  I couldn't put it down and can't wait to share more on our next Book Club day.  

On Sunday afternoon we were able to get out and about a bit because the roads around us were fine, but we got lucky because the northern part of the county was still dealing with icy road conditions, making it unsafe for buses and drives to get kids to school so we got another snow day at home!  Not really a snow day...more of a faux snow day, but we'll take it!  

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