Snow Day Perks — Mommy Daze

There’s nothing like an impromptu snow day on the second day of Spring to really spice things up with school-aged kids! I was pleasantly surprised at how fun of a day it ended up being.

rsz snowdayperksI remember just a few short years ago dreading snow days. It would take forever squeezing their little toddler bodies into layers of clothes, snowsuits, and then wrestling on boots and mittens. They’d waddle out into the blindingly white day, sled down the hill a few times, and get frustrated trying to make a snowball with their tiny mitten hands. Inevitably someone would get snow in their face, or in their boot, or in their mitten, and the whining would begin. I don’t remember ever spending more than twenty minutes outside on those days.

But not this time. On this snow day, my 6 and 4-year old came racing into our room asking whether school had been cancelled. They enjoyed their laid-back morning staying in their pajamas and playing with toys. After lunch I sent them to put on some extra clothes. I didn’t have to help at all! They found the rest of their snow apparel and were ready to go in about five minutes. I only had to help wrestle one boot on. They joyfully bounded outside, unphased by the blowing snow in their faces. With my cup of tea in hand, I watched them tromp around the backyard, climb up the jungle gym, and make piles of snowballs.

I enjoyed the peace and quiet in the house, listening to the crackle of the fire and our dog snoring. I almost couldn’t believe it was a snow day and my kids were stuck home from school! But the lure of my children’s laughter outside and the thought of making a snowman eventually got me up and out the door to join them in the snow. We had fun snowball fights, went down the extra slippery slide, and flew down the hill on sleds. After a few hours my 4-year old finally started complaining of the cold and wanted to go in. I was exhausted from dragging sleds back up the hill, so we left my husband and 6-year old to continue sledding while we retreated indoors.

The rest of the evening was spent reading books, playing games, and watching cartoons. My kids didn’t bicker or whine. I didn’t even want to hide in the pantry! The best part was my tuckered out boys who all willingly went to bed that evening dreaming of another snow day. I could get used to this.

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Mandy Watts is a stay-at-home mom who lives in Crownsville with her husband, Justin, who runs their family business, and their two sons, 5-year-old James and 3-year-old Luke.

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