I mean, let’s be real. It’s not screen free all day. She is four (five tomorrow!), and I have work to do. But she did get a snow day here today because of the blizzard named Stella, which is really more of a gross, slushy snow dump than a proper blizzard. But nevertheless, here we are cooped up inside. It seemed like a good day to share some screen free activities we’ve been doing lately (while the small human is tucked up in our bed watching Scaredy Squirrel).
So much snow, all of the snow. Three days with everyone snowed in at the house. I’ve made chili, I’ve made pizza, I’ve cleaned, we’ve played, we’ve napped. Jonas dropped 20-some-odd inches of snow in our neighborhood, with crazy snow drifts taller than Hannah. It’s been cozy and also frustrating to be so off our routine. But, the snow play has been well worth it.
Last week was an absolute BEAR. I came home Monday from work and got sick, and I stayed sick through Friday night. In between bouts of thinking I was better before getting sick again, we had a blizzard. And Hannah and I played in the snow. AND, for the umpteenth time this winter, we snow painted. Which was so incredibly good for my soul.
I’ve been so sick this week and out of commission since Monday afternoon. I felt somehow inundated and not-quite-myself at work on Monday, which was supposed to be the kickoff to Read Across America at school. We had a delayed opening because of snow and ice, and the day’s events were rescheduled…to Wednesday, when I was home sick with the stomach flu.
Last year I didn’t have the best birthday, for a lot of reasons. Adam’s stepgrandmother passed away, and her funeral fell right between my birthday party and my actual birthday. I had a wonderful time with my friends and family for my birthday events, but there was a cloud over it. There was also a cloud because I was turning 30 and kind of struggling to get used to that idea.
I have a snow day tomorrow for my birthday! I got the call a couple of hours ago, and that is the one great trade-off for having my birthday party canceled on Saturday because of snow. But those festivities have been rescheduled for the 27th, so it’s all good.
We went into Manhattan with my brother and my friend Kat to see Avatar in IMAX 3D today (which was awesome but really long). We’ve been planning it for weeks, so of course the blizzard of the century hits today. It was snowing here at the shore this morning, but it wasn’t snowing in New York yet. When we left the movie it had started but wasn’t sticking, so it was just wet and cold. But when we got home it was a different story.
I decided it’s just time for this crafter’s block to end. I’ve hardly sewn anything since my holiday extravaganza of gifts. I’ve made a few small things, but nothing really in about a month. So today is Dr. Seuss’s birthday and Read Across America, and I was supposed to have a big program at school with some of my 5th graders reading Dr. Seuss stories to pre-k, k, and 1st grade. They were also going to help the little ones make Cat in the Hat hats out of paper bags. But since that’s rescheduled because of the snow, I decided to make my own quilted Cat in the Hat hat to display in my library every year for this event. I’m really happy with it; it’s just some strips of patterned fabric I’ve never been able to think of a use for. The back is a red print with white polka dots (like the red fabric in the middle on the front).