The Beast from the East has arrived and today has been a Snow Day! I cannot tell you how happy this has made me (not just because there’s no school run) but because for years all Felix has wished for is snow. He asks for it for his birthday and it’s always on his Christmas list. I had even considered getting a snow blower just so I could make his wish come true!
Every time there was “talk” of snow he would get excited and then nothing appeared. The last time we had enough snow to actually make a snowman he was a small baby, so he’d never actually seen proper snow. I bought a sledge two years ago, just in case, and it’s sat in the shed waiting to be used.
The squeals this morning were brilliant, and he was out in the garden with the others early (the early when 9 o’clock feels like tea time!). He spent hours outside and all I could see was happy smiley faces. It was absolutely freezing, -4 in fact, and they all just kept playing.
I bailed quite quickly because I have to be honest I’m not a big fan of the white stuff. I hate being cold and the glare from the snow plays havoc with my eyes. I end up with pink vision and a blinding headache so in fact I am the Snow Grinch! Thank goodness that Mr H is a complete child and he was up, dressed (with his Christmas socks on!) and out before the children. I’m sure if I told him it was Christmas dinner for tea his life would have been complete!
The best things about a Snow Day.
- Everyone/Everything Stop – you can’t go out, you have to stay at home and relax.
- The Novelty Factor – The fact we probably won’t get snow for another 5 years makes it even more exciting.
- Children At Home (not ill) – It’s the weekend, but on a weekday and no one is ill. The downside is, for the rest of the week you’ll have no idea what day it is!
- Hot Chocolate tastes so much better when you come in from the snow – snuggling in a blanket, by the fire, watching a film eating popcorn (picture perfect!). The reality is probably lots of moaning about feeling cold and wet.
- Doesn’t it look pretty – you suddenly have a new appreciation for the view.
The Worst Bits
- Spending 20 minutes getting children ready to go outside (waterproofs, wellies, coats, scarf, gloves, hats) for them to go outside for 30 seconds and come back in wet and cold. Repeated every hour all day.
- The mess – the numerous amount of wet clothes and hats left all over the place and puddles of wet snow which no matter how many times you clear up, you still stand in.
- It’s so cold – Obvious, but actually surprising when you go outside.
- It’s exhausting – once you’ve played in the snow, got wet and come in again, what do you do next?
- Suddenly you have no food – You realise that you can’t actually get to the supermarket and that you have no food. Unless of course, you were prepared!!!!
Wherever you are, I hope you’ve had some of the white stuff and been able to get outside and embrace your inner child. Tomorrow we will probably all be moaning about it, but for today, it’s great!