Wednesday, February 25, 2015
What did surprise me was the snow that came pouring forth yesterday afternoon. Apparently it surprised everyone because I saw it in no forecasts and there it was. 2"+ in the more eastern and southern areas. We got maybe an inch. Guess who didn't go to school today? Yup.
Sure, it took B three hours to get home last night (it's typically about a 45 minute commute), and yes, the roads were definitely icy, but I was thinking a two hour delay. Another snow day?? ARGH!
They won't go to school until Monday.
I love snow. Utterly adore it and can't get enough of the stuff. However, snow days are accumulating and I'm really starting to worry about make up days...
But, there's no school, and alas, no make up days for preschool. :o(
I'm fairly certain he'll be off the next two days as well and he'll work on his final for this Art of Warfare class that's due Sunday. Then, he can finish my stool. :o) Just in time too...
As Ellie grows older, I'm weeding out the toddler toys. Who am I kidding? She was never that into the toddler toys anyhow. She's always been on the move and ready to be older and more advanced than her age with regards to keeping up with her sister.
She has given up her last vestige of babyhood--her paci. I knew the paci was bad for her mouth and teeth, but she found such comfort in it, and I'll confess, I was comforted looking at her sleeping with her finger poked down in the paci and the paci in her mouth, her little tongue poking out just a bit. It's gone. It's good it's gone, and yet, I could just cry. It's another little milestone, another step that brings me further from babies...:o(
On the bright side, visits to the dentist and ortho will be more pleasant now. ;o)
I really do need to sit and just do an update on both girls....when I can find the time. I've been keeping busy off the computer, and it's been rather lovely. I'm not mindlessly playing around anymore. It's odd, and kind of nice. :o)
And, on that note, the junk drawers are calling. So is Lil and her discovery of Google Maps on her tablet--she is currently exploring US geographic landmarks. This on the heels of exploring Blacksburg and Williamsburg. ;o)
1. I got myself flowers.
3. Snow!!!! Oh how I ADORE it!
4. Time with my girls. Since I feel my heart clench every time I think of Bean heading off to school next year, this time is precious.
5. Plans for snow days to come. :o)
Wednesday, February 18, 2015
Just like predicted.
But, that slush is going to refreeze. And, if our flat street looks like that, I can only imagine what the back roads and wooded roads look like. :oS Combine that with tonight's low, and the high of 17(!!) tomorrow, and you've got yourself an icy mess.
Nope. We won't go to school until next week.
I'm sure today the custodial staff worked on clearing the sidewalks and hopefully maintenance got out to plow the parking lots, but there's only so much they can do. A storm like this that is nothing to those in the northeast or snow belt, is rather crippling for our area.
I'm truly stunned that I've reached a point in my girls' lives that I can trust they'll be fine playing outside, that they'll come and get me if they need me, that they spent so many hours out in the cold and snow without waterproof mittens! :oP
Seriously, though, I wasn't sure I'd get to this point in parenting, the point where they don't awaken you in the morning so you can sleep in and they get their own brekky. The point where they bundle up, take care of themselves and play for hours without needing you.
It's been beautiful, and yet, strangely, I find myself missing them. WHAT IS WRONG WITH ME??? I have panic attacks when I think of going to CW next fall without Bean. I can't do it. I can't think about it. I have to live in the here and now.
My girls. My beautiful, delightful, kind girlies. They played so well together today. It has to be hard for Bitty, as she's four years older, yet she plays nicely with her sister. Today was a lovely, if not almost perfect snow day. Tomorrow is another story...
Tomorrow, today's slushy snow will be jaggedy ice pieces. Tomorrow, the high will be 17, not 37. Tomorrow we're under a wind advisory. Tomorrow may find my children vegging on tablets and consuming far too much in the way of consumer electronics.
But, let's not think about that, let's just focus on what a joy today has been. :o)
1. See above.
3. Snow days!
4. Time to be me. So weird.
Tuesday, February 17, 2015
Lil was dressed and ready to head out the door to the high school before I had even finished my coffee. Oy. She was only a little excited.
Why the high school, you ask? Because that's where the biggest and best sledding hill is, of course! And, if you're a little kid, you have to get there early, before the big kids wake up and take over.
While Lil and Bean were waiting for B and I to get ready, they headed over to play with Sadie and Sally.
For a fairly flat area, it's not a bad hill at all and the girls had a marvelous time.
Because it's so cold, the snow is that ultra-fine powdery kind that just blows and blows.
I rode the girls' sled back down the hill (the first time I've gone sledding since I tore all the ligaments in my right ankle back in high school...), and had a BLAST!! :oD
Lil stayed outside another hour and a half while I came in to nurse my sore muscles and finally have that hot cup of coffee! ;o)
As I predicted, the girls are out of school tomorrow as well. I believe they've managed to clear the main roads, but these residential streets are a nightmare. I'm sure tomorrow will be spent clearing sidewalks and parking lots at schools, but I have to tell you, I don't think it's going to do any good. The temps aren't supposed to rise above freezing until Saturday, and B said he saw something about another inch of accumulation tomorrow night... We're out until next week. I can feel it! :oD