10 Things I Learned on the Coldest Day of My Life
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?