Saturday, February 5, 2011

More Snow!?

Right before my DH and settled in for our long winter's nap (longer for him because I have been sleeping in all week), he went to let the dog in the garage so that our canine friend could have an accident be warm overnight.  When my DH came back to the bedroom, he said, "You're not going to believe's snowing.  Again."  Now, we just dug out from about 21 inches of snow on Wednesday.  I thought, "Oh right...the meteorologist said we might have some flurries from the storm system moving across the southern part of our state."  However, this morning when I got up, I peeked out the window and behold...the street is covered again.  There was a little blacktop showing yesterday (giving me hope of a thaw even though I know that when there is salt the melting point of ice is 16 degrees not 33).  Don't get me wrong.  I love snow, but only really in small manageable amounts.  Not in apocalyptic proportions.  The good groundhog did not see his shadow, and I want my spring now (even though there will not be a break during it).

Thursday, February 3, 2011

Stir Crazy

We are on our seventh snow day since coming back from Christmas break (or my seventh day of Spring Break in the Winter).  This is our third consecutive day at home.  Various farmers who live along our blacktop came by yesterday and plowed the road (no sign of the county road crew, yet).  We can get out of our drive thanks to the tractor's (yes, we own a real tractor) blade attachment and owning a 4-wheel drive truck.  But, we haven't gone anywhere because now the cold has set in (-10 this morning with a high of maybe 10).  We are running out of things to do.  So far we have:
1.  Made a cake from scratch.
2.  Participated in mandatory 30 minute reading blocks/homework sessions (the monkeys are so lucky I have access to worksheets-a-plenty for them to do). 
3.  Worked a 100 piece puzzle.
4.  Played countless rounds of Connect 4, Cootie, Ants in your Pants, and Checkers.
5.  Built a snow tunnel in the yard.
6.  Covered the kitchen table with paper and had "art".
7.  Reorganized the toys (my prize box reaps the rewards from that effort).
8.  Watched quite a few of the DVRed episodes of Dino Dan sitting in the cache.
9.  Tormented the cat (this is mostly the Cubscout).
I'm starting to run out of ideas.  In a little bit, we are going to address our Valentines and after that, I'm not sure.  I don't think they will go for a naptime (I'm really the only one who needs it).  As a mom, I think they need to go back to school.  As a teacher, I don't want to go back tomorrow because starting over on Monday makes more sense (instructionally, not just because I'm lazy).

Tuesday, February 1, 2011


That's what meteorologists are calling the blizzard we are currently experiencing at my house.  This morning, as I lazily strolled out of bed (the powers that be had called us off last night in anticipation of today's storm), there wasn't snow.  There were some flurries, but it was not that bad.  And then the sky opened.  And now, there is roughly 12 inches of snow outside (or more...I'm not sure because I haven't donned my boots to go and measure) and the forecasters say we will have at least 15 hours of more snow.  To me, it looks like what I pictured in my mind when I was reading On the Banks of Plum Creek (I love Laura Ingalls Wilder so, so much).  I haven't ever experienced first hand this kind of blowing snow.  So, it looks like this week is yet another wash for instruction/a chance to get more days to make up at the end of the year/a super fun lazy time at home with the monkeys.  At this point, I'm just glad I thought to pick up more toilet paper when I was at the store on Sunday.