10 Things I Learned on the Coldest Day of My Life

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Yesterday was the coldest day of my life.

Okay – it probably wasn’t really.

I was born in the 80’s, and I grew up in Michigan – so I’m guessing that if I had been 8 years old with temps below zero – we wouldn’t have talked about it. My mom would have just sent me out to ice skate on the swamp behind our house.

But – yesterday was the coldest day of my life that I remember. So I’m going with it…

After two weeks of the kids being home for winter break, I was like a lot of you – with school cancelled – and the temps far too cold for me to feel comfortable shoving the kids into the backyard for the day.

It wasn’t the worst snow day I’ve ever had. Not by a long shot.

But it might have been the most educational. Here are 10 things I Learned:

1. The automated “School is Cancelled” phone call comes to our house at 5:27 am. This seems excessively early to me. Right? I understand that teachers and high schoolers that need to be at school far earlier than my kindergartener get the same call but blah blah blah. 5:27!?!?

2. Taking three kids to a well-child visit smack dab in the middle of naptime isn’t much fun. Even when the 2-year-old keeps everyone entertained with potty jokes.

3. The neighbors don’t like it when you let your kids play outside in negative temperatures. (Don’t worry mom – I’m referring to the dirty looks I gave to my neighbors. I didn’t let my kids play outside!)

4. My minivan doors don’t open when it’s below zero.

5. I can get pizza and subs delivered to my door, but try to get someone to deliver a gallon of milk and some eggs because you’re too lazy to take your three kids to the grocery store? Not a chance.

6. I should have bought the 2-year-old snow boots.

7. My 6-year-old doesn’t need more shots until he’s 11. (Unless he is bitten by a raccoon, which was a very serious question that he asked the doctor.)

8. There is an owl living in our backyard, and he spent a good portion of yesterday staring at my kids through the window. I felt a little like he was judging me for the mess (and my hairy legs.)

9. I no longer cry when people start throwing up. It’s just part of my daily routine anymore. And the 2-year-old has gotten really good at running to the tile floor before he starts heaving (which I think means he’s ready to be potty trained, don’t you?)

10. My mother-in-law’s dog likes the taste of puke. And was quite helpful in getting everything cleaned up. (Don’t worry Bing – I’m taking great care of your dog! Really!)

How are the temps in your neck of the woods?

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  1. Vanessa D.

    January 7, 2014 at 6:36 am

    The Weather Network likes to be helpful and proved record highs and lows for any given day. Yesterday will be a new record for January 6th.

    I’m sure the owl thought you were just being sensible and growing leg warmers.

  2. JD @ Honest Mom

    January 7, 2014 at 7:00 am

    It’s a balmy 7 degrees here. Yesterday it was 55 and poured rain. So we have a lovely coating of ice over dirty, gross snow. Ah, picturesque New England.

  3. thedoseofreality

    January 7, 2014 at 7:22 am

    It is 6 here right now. The kids still have school, though, so all is right with the world for me! 😉

  4. Dona

    January 7, 2014 at 7:36 am

    40’s at night, low 70’s in the day. THIS is the life….in AZ!

  5. Lori

    January 7, 2014 at 8:03 am

    It’s weird because over here in germany we don’t even have snow, usually the other way around.

  6. jeri

    January 7, 2014 at 8:04 am

    I learned that tires SHATTER at high speeds when frozen.

  7. Lisa R. Petty

    January 7, 2014 at 8:12 am

    It’s negative something here, and I am a native Floridian. The good news is that our school alert system has been letting us know about closings the evening before.
    I haven’t been out of the house since Friday. That, coupled with the Advocare vitamins I’m trying (gag), makes me a wee bit edgy and WEIRDER if you can believe that.
    Both of my dogs are puke eaters. This is one of many reasons that I love my cats just a little bit better.

  8. Karin O'Brien

    January 7, 2014 at 8:49 am

    Laughing about 7…..sounds like a legit concern!! Ha!

  9. Thersea

    January 7, 2014 at 9:01 am

    In Alabama here and it is too cold for this Southern Gal. I feel like a jerk complaining about our wind chill of 9 this morning while all up North you guys are buried in snow and ice, but I’ll just have to be a jerk because it’s cold and I don’t like it. LOL

  10. Michelle

    January 7, 2014 at 9:18 am

    -25C but feels like -40C with the wind chill here in Ontario Canada. The kids are home from school but can’t go out and play because frostbite can set in within 5 minutes. They have now been home for 19 days. 19 freaking days!!!!

  11. Lucy

    January 7, 2014 at 12:16 pm

    Haha! Ahh the dog cleaning up the puke so funny and so nauseating at the same time. Enjoy you’re time home with the kids!

  12. Lucy

    January 7, 2014 at 12:17 pm

    Oops I meant *your*

  13. My Special Kind of Crazy

    January 7, 2014 at 2:05 pm

    Oh, we have all kinds of puking going on in our house, too. Sweets had it all day Sunday and was really good about making it to the bathroom…unless the door was closed. If the door was closed she would just drop to the floor and start puking right there. So all day I was making sure the bathroom doors were open in case she had to make a sprint. And then I had the pukes all day yesterday and since my mom was already coming down since Sweets had a staff development day (yes, after a 2 week break, a staff development day- I’d like data on their teacher attendance at that!), I slept all day while my mom took care of her downstairs. And same thing today, but my husband is the victim. Next up, the dog.

  14. jane

    January 7, 2014 at 6:05 pm

    So happy that my dog Jake could be of service! Carry on!

  15. sparkling74

    January 7, 2014 at 6:06 pm

    I thought you said it was a WELL CHILD visit? Still with the throwing up????

  16. Danielle

    January 7, 2014 at 8:27 pm

    I live in Saskatchewan, Canada and for a few days there it was -50 with the wind chill. I took my kids to school because there will be too many days that they’ll want to stay home because “well you said we could last time!” We often have a few days to a week of those temps every winter. I know that you guys aren’t used to it down South but the extreme panic and run on groceries makes me chuckle. 😉 With that being said, when’s a good time for me to move in with you? I’m tired of wearing so many layers, lol.

  17. Hannah @Supermommmy!...Or Not

    January 7, 2014 at 10:18 pm

    So cold here that my front door froze shut. Completely. Even big strong Hubby can’t get it open.

  18. Marie

    January 7, 2014 at 10:41 pm

    Well, it was 4,000 degrees below zero in MN (I mean -56) yesterday. At our house, the pipes froze and the SUV wouldn’t start. DH and I were outside for hours working on it, all while trying to entertain a six year old. I finally called to have vodka delivered, but they laughed at me. So, I called a cab, got the goods, and poured a couple of cocktails for DH and me. The cab fare was well worth it. 🙂

  19. Elizabeth

    January 7, 2014 at 11:06 pm

    Don’t think this Louisiana girl will whine about the 15 degrees it is here at night!!
    I am, however, horrified of the pipes freezing. Tons of people have had frozen and busted pipes down here. Just goes to show our homes were not made for this weather!!!!! Neither were we:)

  20. Ashlee

    January 9, 2014 at 11:38 am

    7. My 6-year-old doesn’t need more shots until he’s 11. (Unless he is bitten by a raccoon, which was a very serious question that he asked the doctor.) <– I can totally vividly imagine this hahaha

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