Does anyone else get freaked out by the polar vortex and the severe fluctuations in weather lately? I am generally pretty optimistic with a healthy sense of realism but lately I have this hidden panic that the world is going to end. But then I read this article and it gave me some reassurance that I have a bit more time so I should not throw in the towel just yet and maybe consider putting a stop to eating all of those mini-Snickers. I know, not a very yogic way to live, I’m still learning. 🙂
Maybe I’m a bit pessimistic today because both of my kids are home and we are trapped inside because the school district declared Tuesday and Wednesday “snow days”, how about instead “the joke is on you, you stay-at-home mom” days? My daughter was so excited for snow because I think she expected this:.
but instead it was just another cold and wet day.
The first thing out of her mouth Tuesday morning was, “mommy, why isn’t there snow?” Good question my dear, good question; I’m not sure there will be any. I get that officials were concerned about icy roads since we are not equipped to handle these conditions in our mini-paradise, but it still seems a bit silly all the same.
And apparently I was the only mother in our area who wasn’t thrilled to have “time to snuggle with the kids”. I love my kids and time with them but after a week of birthday craziness last week, I was happy to get back to some normal routines this week.
Maybe it is because I didn’t get in my morning yoga session nor did I have a list of Pinterest activities to keep my kids entertained all day.
Maybe it is because my daughter has been so difficult lately and our old standby discipline tactics don’t seem to be working anymore. Yesterday, I put together a “Consequence Jar” with punishments inside for her to pick out when she misbehaves after receiving a warning.
On the one hand, I felt screwed because I imagined a day filled with her picking out consequences, on the other, I figured we could test out its effectiveness. It kind of worked, she misbehaved at breakfast so she drew the “no dessert” punishment. Then she had a fever and I connected her behavior with not feeling good. Oops. Strike against mommy.
So, here we are at home trying to find things to keep us busy. My daughter is fighting a cold and has low-grade fevers so having the day off worked out. And she has little energy to misbehave and argue.
What do we Floridians do on “snow days”? Pretty much the same thing we do during a hurricane; we complain a lot, make panic runs to the grocery store, post a million FB quotes and statuses about our misery or what great Pinterest activities we are doing, etc. And we also make puppets, mold playdoh, paint, color, watch TV, eat popcorn, bake brownies, eat mini-Snickers and string beads on jewelry.
The upside is that we stayed in jammies until late morning and watched more television than I usually allow. Then, we did some activities that kept them busy for about 30 minutes, the boy napped and the girl rested, so I had some adult conversations via blogging…thanks Meghan of Mathair Fiona 😉
As of this writing, our snow day has yet to produce any snow but I am very hopeful that some comes in tonight and we can wake to a bit of a white sprinkling on the ground.
If the world is ending, at least we will end it with this meal…yum!
Update: this morning, I woke up to this:
Not enough to play in and it is basically frozen and slippery, but its something. Another day inside. …send me ideas!!
Happy Florida Snow Day!