I woke up to my husband blurting a message out to me. Honestly, all I heard was gibberish at first. It took him a couple of times repeating the message before I actually heard the words clearly. School was closed today due to icy roads. “Ok” I said and rolled back over to try to get some rest. Yup, no luck. Of course, I was awake enough to have to pee. I stumbled down the stairs to the bathroom and stumbled back up them again. I crawled back in bed and was able to get a few more hours of sleep. When I did awake, for all day, real this time, I started thinking of all the things we could be doing.
Snowball fight followed by hot chocolate
Clean the house
Play board games
Watch a movie
Do some yummy baking
Rearrange the boys bedroom
Make some crafts
When the boys all got up it was a lazy morning. Everyone stayed in their PJs, ate breakfast and watched some TV. By the time we were all dressed and ready to head outside for that snowball fight the rain had overtaken the snow and left us with nothing but an icy driveway. Not a snow pile in sight. So that plan was down the drain. So what was next on my mental list of things we could tackle on this day off from school, clean the house. Yeah, nobody was in the mood for cleaning on a snow day. Not even me. Snow days are supposed to be fun, right? What was I thinking when I made that list? After talking with the kids, all they wanted for their day off from school was for it to be a lazy day. They loved lounging in their PJs and just hanging out together. They didn’t want to do any projects, crafts, or even play board games. Just hang out and do whatever came to them during the day.
Our oldest enjoyed alternating between practicing his guitar and playing some video games. I guess he really is a teenager now. He barely came out of his room all day and in the end, said he had a great day off from school. Our middle child had fun creating a journal by cutting out photos from magazines of places he thought were interesting, animals he liked, etc. It kept him busy most of the day. When he wasn’t working on his journal he was playing video games with our youngest or sorting through his trading cards. Our youngest had fun playing with his stuffed animals, playing video games, building a train track, and watching his older brothers.I spent the day working on this blog and loved every minute of it.
As a Mom, I really wanted to feel like we had accomplished something by the end of the day, which is why the mental list. Even though we didn’t get to anything on my list, everyone had a great day. It goes to show you that over planning can sometimes ruin the fun of a simple life. So we may not have checked off that mental list but we did get a much-needed break. Next time you have a day off from school, take some advice and enjoy it.
Don’t waste away your freedom trying to accomplish a list that is never-ending anyway.
Enjoy your kids and let them be creative, in their own way. Do the same yourself. Is there something you just love doing but don’t have lots of time to work on? Maybe it is knitting, sewing, or maybe even blogging. Whatever it is, follow my kids lead and just go with the flow. In the end you will thank me for the awesome advice, and so will your kids when they tell you, “This was the Best Snow Day Ever.”