Snow Day!

It’s a snow day! Yay! This is what my 5-year od daughter thinks will happen on her first snow day:

sledding

This is what is really going to happen:

snow day
Bring on the TV!

This is what I think my husband, a teacher, says about his first snow day of the year:

don'thateme

This is what it is really like for my husband on every snow day:

shoveldayoff

This is what it looks like for Mommy, who works at a bank:

nosnowdayfor grownups

For working parents, snow days can be a challenge.  There are delayed openings that make you late for work, early dismissals that turn you around as soon as you get to work and full-on cancellations to deal with.  I am very fortunate that my husband is a teacher in town so when my daughter has a snow day, so does he.  But we also have the driveway from hell.  It is a steep, bumpy thing that takes forever to clear.  And there’s no getting in or out of our house without clearing it, even if there’s only two inches of snow.  So the reality is, even though my husband is home, he can’t actually be watching my daughter the whole time.  He has to go outside and operate the scary snow blower and take care of business.  I usually try to figure out a way to get out early, using up my precious sick time, so that I can take over the inside duties while he does the driveway.  That puts me out on the roads, usually in the middle of the storm, trying to get safely home with all the other crazy people who apparently have never driven in a Connecticut winter before.

Parenting on a sunny day is usually a circus, so add some snow, ice and shake well-that’s a recipe for disaster in some families.  (Or is that just mine?)  I have to admire the moms that I’ve seen on Facebook today that have taken the day in stride, baked cookies with their kids, and had some unexpected fun.  Good for you!  Most likely this would be me:

off the ledge

As we Connecticut moms face the first of many challenging snow days ahead of us, here’s to us.  We’re New Englanders, we can do this, right?  Whether this winter brings snow, ice, power outages, or all of the above, we can handle it.  For my part, I’ll be keeping my fingers crossed for a short, mild winter.

I'm ready for winter! Photo credit: K. Stevenson
I’m ready for winter!
Photo credit: K. Stevenson

Thanks to Someecards for the inspirational cards.

7 thoughts on “Snow Day!

  1. Nice post Kriste. I have always said that the way you know you are old is when you don’t get excited by the first winter snow fall. Despite the fact that I wasn’t ready for it (no gas for the snow-blower and no gloves in the car) I still smiled as I looked out the window seeing the snow cover the branches of the trees outside. Check back in February to see if I am still smiling. At least by then there will be gas in the tank.

  2. I’m a native Floridian, I’m not sure I can take it! Just kidding. Yep – I brought my daughter in even though she could have stayed home with my teacher husband and then I ended up having to leave work early because her school closed early. Lesson learned – next time he’s got the day off I’ll just leave her home. Ah well! Happy Snow Day!

    1. Thanks Jenn! The older I get, the worse the snow seems! And it’s always fun trying to make the judgment calls as to if it’s really going to be bad or are the weather people just pulling the forecast out of their bums! Lol

  3. Hahaha fantastic post Kriste! I can attest that your driveway is in fact very steep! Loved the use of the someecards, those things crack me up!

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