We finally got our first snow here, and boy, did we get snow! More than we’re used to at one time in this area. So when even all the regional courthouses shut down, we decided it was time for Little School to have snow day, too. (I know, you’re wondering how I’m keeping from working myself into a lather about getting off schedule… Well, haha, I am not! But I’ll worry about it later.) Snow days are for Fun.
It’s brutally cold out there today, so honestly we took the snow day yesterday, when it was a balmy 20 degrees. As we played in the white stuff, I couldn’t help but wonder how anyone could hate something so beautiful. Even though I’m stuck on the farm until it starts to melt off, since my beautiful husband drives the four-wheel-drive to work, there is plenty to appreciate about being forced to stay home. The days seem to last longer when you’re not worrying about where you have to go next. And it means more hours with the Littles. To, you know, build a snow fort just inside the woods where we’re protected from our imaginary enemies. This snow is very light and powdery, not good for snowmen or snowballs, and we had to really pile it up to make our fort walls instead of packing it like we normally would. But we got it a couple of feet tall–enough to be able to tell what it was. We decided we’d wait till week’s end to finish it–when the snow has had a chance to maybe melt a little and re-freeze so it’ll pack better.
We made snow ice cream, because who doesn’t love That? If you’ve never made it, Family Crafts has a great recipe here. It’s super simple, and a great treat for littles with cabin fever. It’s been hard today, looking out the window at all that fun and knowing that the negative wind chill is going to keep us inside.
We filled the bird feeders again yesterday, and the birds seem pretty grateful. We can’t help watching them; even though the Great Backyard Bird Count is over, we remain completely fascinated by their antics. Plus, the Littles have a bet about what new birds may show up since food is seriously scarce right now. Yesterday, we saw a pileated woodpecker hanging around, but he’s not been back yet today. So far we’ve seen titmice (is that the plural?), dark-eyed juncos (we call them snow birds because they’re only here in winter), and cardinals, but the snow birds are winning–I think that’s all there are in the picture.
We followed bunny tracks through our persimmon grove and down the main path through the woods. It was hard work slogging through all that snow, but the Littles’ laughter and excitement, and the sun glinting off the snow, made it worth it.
Besides, taking a snow day is sacred. Even if you can’t get snowed out of homeschool, it is so dazzlingly fun to have an unexpected day off that it lifts everyone’s spirits. And even when it’s only 20 degrees, sunshine is the best cure for everything. So we went back to school this morning refreshed and ready to learn. So yeah, I’m grateful for snow. For now.