Thursday, January 15, 2009

The no-snow snow-day

I may be a New Englander but it does not mean that I like winter. In fact, I'd much prefer to be a snowbird.

We've already gotten enough snow if you ask me. We've already gotten enough threats of snow that haven't amounted to much more than supermarket and gas station chaos.

And yesterday/today was the absolute best - every public school in the state was cancelled last night before even a single snowflake had a chance to fall.

I might have seen a flurry or two this afternoon. As for the school cancellation? Still wondering what state officials were thinking with that one.

And the effect on this mom of one who has another year and a half before entering public school?

Our preschool follows the same vacation and school cancellation schedule as the public schools in our city.

Our preschool days come twice a week - Tuesday and Thursday, and today happens to be Thursday.

Needless to say, when I learned of the cancellation last night, I had more than a few choice words to utter.

Don't get me wrong. I adore the MH. I could love being a Mom any more.

But routine is routine. And preschool days are preschool days!

Since MH started preschool at the end of August, it has been pretty easy to adjust to jam-packing those two full days with doctor's appointments, physical therapy appointments, meetings for volunteer work, errands, and - I will not lie - some much needed, and well-earned me time.

Tuesdays and Thursdays are great for both of us - the MH is thriving at school, eager to know each morning when she gets up if it's a school day. And I, most definitely, am a better Mom for having a little time off.

However, sometimes life surprises us!

MH slept until 8:30 this morning (unheard of). When she woke up, she crawled into bed with me for one of the best kind of snuggles ever - the kind filled with a game of "I love you more than . . ." (my favorite one was I love you more than the whole bathtub filled with lots of really big duckies).

We lounged around for a bit. We got dressed and went to Sweetheart's house. We went out for lunch with Sweetheart and a friend.

When we got back, MH helped Sweetheart bake brownies. She set up a huge picnic on the kitchen floor, and made a gate out of Duplo blocks to keep the poor dog out.

We laughed, chatted, ate warm brownies, and drank tea (well, Sweetheart and I drank tea). MH insisted that we pack up some brownies to bring home to her daddy.

Sweetheart and I played with our matching new iPod Touches (Sweetheart loved mine so much that she got one for her birthday!). MH even got in on the act when I downloaded some games for her (thank you, thank you, thank you to whoever came up with the Bubble and Scribble applications - I see these being put to phenomenal use in the future).

It was a wonderful way to spend the day - 3 generations of girls just having a great time doing not much of anything.

My most current choice word regarding the cancellation of public schools today? Perfect.

12 Fabulous Replies:

Poppy said...

hmmmm. I guess Poppy "WAS" chopped liver when he came home tonight. Does not popping the bubble wrap constitute having a great fun time with the MH :( - It's fine !! - Someone has to assume that title. I can handle it - hahahahahha

Lisa said...

Glad to hear your "snow" day turned out so well. My kids slept in this morning too, and it felt really nice to have a lazy morning. I'm not too happy about the added school day in June though, grrr.

Marni said...

This whole school cancellation thing is one reason that I'm seriously considering home schooling. (After they get through preschool that is!) :)

debbie said...

Speaking as part of the above said 3 generations today, this SWEETHEART DID have the perfect snow day. How much fun having my first baking day with my MH and having my daughter enjoy seeing the MH have a picnic with Sweetheart in the middle of the kitchen,on the floor, sitting on a blanket complete with tea cups and matching spoons. Wouldn't have changed a thing. The tea and brownies later was an added treat complete with ice cream for the MH. JUST PERFECT!!!! How do we top this? We'll see.....

The Mrs. said...

So glad it turned out that way! Those days can be nightmares...Landon was off preschool for 6 weeks cause if the holiday! I was annoyed!

♥georgie♥ said...

awwww what a way to spend a no snow snow day!!! loved it....your life sounds so precious...makes me miss the days when the beans were younger much younger....

Anonymous said...

I love when nothing to do days work out like this. So much better then the ones where you hang around the house doing nothing but get on each other's nerves (or maybe that is just me and my kids).

And I am all set with the snow and the cold too. Bring on spring!

Laural Out Loud said...

Sounds like a pretty awesome day to me! It's been in the 70s here in San Diego, and I'm dying for the cold weather to come back. One of my favorite things to do is snuggle in bed all morning with Gabi. Those mornings are usually the start to a great day.

LaskiGal said...

When I was teaching I used to giggle like a KID on a snow day when the phone would ring at 5:30 AM! I knew who it was, why they were calling. But best of all, I knew I could crawl under the covers and just forget about the world. Now, with J, we have a different kind of snow day.

I can't crawl under the covers anymore, but seeing him outside rolling around in the white stuff . . . totally worth it!

Leslie said...

So glad the day turned out to be wonderful, sounds like a fun time!

p.s. No, I'm not a photoshop expert, but my sister is, so she has shown me how to do a few things with it, it's very frustrating!! So many steps for something so small, ugh!

Scary Mommy said...

I'm from the Boston area, but I've been gone for 15 years. I don't know how you people do it, LOL! It's beautiful, but, ugh, such a friggin pain!!

McMommy said...

Snow day??

What does that mean?

Whatever it is, I think yours sounded just perfect!! :)