My Terrible (NON) Snow Day

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With ice and snow in the forecast, we woke up this morning to Miles’s very first snow day.

He was pissed.

And so was I.

I stayed in bed and closed my eyes and tried to muster up the strength to have some fun with my kids. We couldn’t play in the snow – because it hadn’t actually arrived yet. But we also couldn’t leave the house – because the ice and sleet was coming down.

Note: that ice and sleet didn’t stop Even Steven from getting the hell out of here and going to work. He calls it “work ethic” – I call it being terrified of being snowed in at home with your three kids and wife.

Fighting with Even Steven @MyLifeandKids

I should probably let you know that there’s a post coming next week about our experience with an indoor water park, diarrhea and parasites – among other things. But let’s just say it’s been a long week.

A very long week.

In fact – I was in the car by myself for SEVEN minutes yesterday – and I realized that it was the first time I had actually been alone in two weeks.

Yes, that’s 14 days.

So I’m not going to lie when I tell you that the very last thing I wanted to do was stay home and entertain all three of my kids today.

This won’t surprise you – my lack of enthusiasm for today didn’t do much to help us have a smooth morning.

At 9 am I had already vacuumed the family room twice, sent two kids to their rooms and battled a 2 year old to collect a stool sample so that we can figure out exactly what kind of parasite he may or may not have (more on that next week.) And special thanks to my mother-in-law for delivering the stool sample to the hospital. God bless all-wheel-drive!

Things weren’t going well.

So I did what any mom would do. I hopped on Facebook to see if my friends were having as terrible a (non)snow day as I was.

Turns out – they weren’t. In fact, my friends were in heaven.

Pure snow day heaven.

One of them was decorating Christmas cookies, listening to holiday tunes and sipping her fourth cup of Christmas blend coffee.

Another friend had set up a Holiday scavenger hunt around the house for her kids.

And another one was just so grateful for a fun and relaxing snow day – and the start of an unplanned 3-day weekend.

I felt terrible.

Like – really, really bad.

What kind of a mom doesn’t enjoy being iced in with her kids? What kind of a mom would rather be at the mall by herself?

Or even just in a dark room alone?

After nearly two weeks of fevers, puke and diarrhea – this mom. That’s who.

I closed Facebook and decided that I needed a better attitude. It wasn’t even 10 am – there was still plenty of time to turn the day around!

I sat down to brainstorm a few fun activities we could all do together when one of my kids (and I won’t say who) tapped me on the shoulder and said,

“Mom – I just pooped in my underwear. But don’t worry – I tossed them down the laundry chute and put on a new pair.”

And that’s when I turned on the television and decided to try again after naptime.

Hopefully there will be snow when they get up – and I can send them outside.

For those of you having a perfect snow day today – congratulations. I’m very happy for you.

And for the rest of you? You’re not alone.

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  1. Robin Cockrell

    December 6, 2013 at 2:15 pm

    Thank you for a great chuckle…sorry it was at your expense. 🙂

  2. Angela W

    December 6, 2013 at 2:22 pm

    What part of the country are you in? We’re in DFW and we’re iced in at home today too. I feel your pain.

  3. Wendy

    December 6, 2013 at 2:26 pm

    I totally feel ya!! I have 4, 3 of which go to school. Where we live in TN just missed the icy weather! Thank God! I cannot barely handle all 4 home fussing, fighting, hungry,thirsty,poopy, bored, jumping on furniture, hungry again, toys and food in he floor, somebody hit me, somebody took my stuff, etc.,etc.,etc. A L L….D A Y…..L O N G. Hahaha! Hang in there, bedtime comes in about 6 and half hours!!!!!

  4. Lisa R. Petty

    December 6, 2013 at 2:40 pm

    Until you got to the diarrhea and not being alone part, I thought we were living the same life. Here in Ohio, it was icy and school was closed, but so far, the snow is nothing remarkable. It is just now starting to “stick.” My husband also went to work. Lucky for me, I have a teen son. He doesn’t really want to hang out with me, though it was nice to have breakfast with someone who was neither on the Today Show or behind a FB profile picture. : )
    I’m looking forward to next week’s post.

  5. Anna Luther

    December 6, 2013 at 2:56 pm

    I’m in Cincinnati. Finally – there’s some snow. Post-naptime is looking better and better!

  6. Natalie Yocum

    December 6, 2013 at 2:59 pm

    I am with you!! I got the call at 5am saying school was closed (we live in northern KY, near Indiana) there was no snow on the ground yet and I wanted to cry myself back to sleep. I have 5 kids ages 11,8,7,5 and 10 mos and I keep a set of 10 mo twins every afternoon for about 2-3 hrs. A snow day w/o snow is a disaster!! When there’s no, you just send kids outside for awhile til they’re numb, call them in for hot cocoa, pop popcorn with a Christmas movie and boom-snow day memories. No memories today, but no diarrhea either so…I guess it was a good day. It will be over eventually.

  7. Lisa R. Petty

    December 6, 2013 at 3:35 pm

    I’m in Columbus. It’s still not much to look at here. The dog, Sophie, loves it though. Snow is food, right?

  8. sha

    December 6, 2013 at 8:41 pm

    I love that you keep it real. I feel too many moms post all about the great and wonderful things in their fairy tale days, when we all go thru this at some point in our day…or maybe that’s just me

  9. JD @ Honest Mom

    December 6, 2013 at 11:03 pm

    Sounds about how my snow days go. Maybe without the poop, though. LOL!

  10. sparkling74

    December 7, 2013 at 12:09 pm

    My mother used to come unglued when we had snow days. If it was only like an inch and they had falsely called a snow day, she’s spend all day swearing about how we could have gone to school, what the hell was wrong with people, etc. There was never any mom entertainment on snow days. It was get out and play in the snow, if there was any, or stay hidden away. Actually, I remember very few snow days because back in my day, we actually didn’t call snow days until there was actual snow and driving conditions were bad. None of this crap we have today about cancelling the night before because we might have snow. People have gotten way too soft. And this is New England, where we used to be known for driving in the snow until it reached the bottom of the doors!

  11. Dara

    December 8, 2013 at 12:06 am

    this is how I feel on most every snow day. and no diarrhea needs to be involved.

  12. Melanie S

    December 8, 2013 at 9:32 am

    I am such a bad mom that I left the house at 7 am to drive a half hour to Colerain and go shopping for Christmas gifts, by myself. While my husband, a teacher, had a snow day with our triplets. And I ignored all his texts saying how bad it was in Indiana just so I could have some time alone!

  13. CM Pannell

    December 8, 2013 at 8:19 pm

    I also live in the DFW area and have been housebound since Friday. My kids that are home are older (19 and 16 and 4) but when you throw the DH in there I believe it was only Sat. that I was texting my girlfriend expressing how much more I would love snow days if I was here… alone. With a book or at least the TV remote that I was in control of. Ok, and maybe with the dogs for snuggling purposes. LOL

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  15. Stephanie F

    January 7, 2014 at 8:45 am

    Sitting home on the 2nd snow day AFTER Christmas break….also noticed on Facebook all the perfect Mom s and their fun snow days, we have made enough rubber band bracelets for the whole town…2 1/2 weeks with 3 kids (8, 7, 2) and I’m ready to pull every last unwashed hair out of my head! I did get an hour without kids on Sunday, at the grocery store, with every other person in my town…at least I got eggs, milk and bananas! Did I mention we also dealt with 12 days of puking fevers and diarrhea…love your posts, it’s like you’re me 😛

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