Day one: the first snow
I wish I had had a camera ready for my littlest’s face the morning she saw the first snow of the season. It was awesome. When the girls got home from preschool, we played non-stop in the snow. Happy!
Day 13: still exciting!
Lots of snow eating and snowball fights. Life is good.
Day 31: a nice day!
A few days after Christmas, there was a day nice enough to go out for a few minutes and test out the new bike. Awesome.
Day 36: dress-up snow
We wake up in a cabin in the Hocking Hills (a Christmas present). It snowed all night, and it’s amazing to be these tiny little people in the middle of this great big beautiful snowy forest. My oldest: “It’s like the trees are playing dress up!” We go hiking and marvel at the beauty.
Day 37: crash
Time to leave the cabin. There is more snow and we try a few times to make it out of the steep driveway before crashing into a tree backwards. No one was hurt. We are determined not to let this ruin our weekend away.
Day 41: time for the kids to get back to school
Freezing temperatures. Closed school again. We are not good at staying indoors. My youngest starts listening to music non-stop (coping strategy). It will be a month before the car is fixed.
Day 47: waiting for the bus inside
Awesome frost on the door makes for something to do while waiting for the bus inside because it is too blasted cold to go out there til the last minute. We break up the monotony at home with constant whole-living-room-sheet-tents. Works for a minute every time.
Day 54: another snow day
We’ve lost count.
Day 57: hey, more snow!
Would ya look at that. More!
Day 62: hot chocolate
The amount of hot chocolate being consumed by the fire is getting slightly out of hand.
Day 65: 8 months
My sister begins her indoor planting. “Why do we live in a zone that has eight months of cold? WHY?” she asks. She has a really good point. We have a cousin over and read more books.
Day 68: another snow day
The girls don’t even want to go out in it. They sit at the window while daddy makes a snow goddess. They finally come out near the end. Since we can’t get anywhere in the snow, we make a tiny hill with the snow from the driveway and go “sledding.”
Day 70: hats as a necessity
They’ve begun wearing hats indoors. Not sure if it’s because it’s that cold or just because it’s starting to feel normal.
My oldest overhears me talking on the phone saying “I’m just done.”
“With us kids, mama?”
“No, baby, of course not! With this winter!”
“Oh, me too, mama. I just want to take all the snow and the ice and throw it in the trash. Let me show you how I feel about winter.” [She throws herself upside-down on the chair and puts her hand to her brow in the damsel-in-distress signal]. Couldn’t have said it better myself.
Day 72: face paint
We pass some time with face paint and hang a giant sheet from the ceiling as a hideout. In the evening, I turn up the thermostat a few degrees, and they bust out their swimsuits and go “skating” on floral foam in the kitchen.
Day 73: more books
More reading. My kids should probably be able to read by the end of this winter. But today it’s warm enough to play outside. When asked if she’d like to play in the snow, “Can I go out in my bare feet?”
[I glance to the massive blanket of snow outside]. “No. No you can’t.”
“Then I don’t want to go.”
We begin the countdown until we visit the California desert this March: only 40 days
Day 76: snow castles
We have the car back! We go out and buy some sunglasses for vacation, which is now 37 days away. When we get back, the kids are actually excited to go play outside in their new sunglasses. Turns out the snow is a new consistency – perfect for making snow castles with sand buckets.
Day 81: countdown
“How many days til spring, Mama?”
“I don’t know.”
But there are 32 til vacation. We can do this.
Important: I am incredibly grateful for a home and coats to keep us warm, that we have two cars most of the time, and that we have a vacation to look forward to. I know we are incredibly lucky. And I know that the snow is beautiful. Just trying to find the humor in this seemingly endless winter!