Unexpected Gratitude

Yesterday is history, tomorrow is a mystery, but today is a gift. That’s why it’s called the present!–Eleanor Roosevelt

Yesterday began with an early morning call with a recorded message regarding our school district’s decision to delay classes by 2 hours.  While I was in the midst of a shoveling frenzy, I received another call, announcing that school was closed for the day.  My kids cheered, and I braced for the onslaught of cabin fever woes  which usually set in a few hours after the novelty of no school wears off.

My first plan of action was to wear the children out.  This is the best line of defense when parenting two rowdy children.  I set up a play date with a friend across town, and once she arrived at our place, we went outside to frolic in the white stuff.  I am not sure if I can convey how much work this actually took, as my Little Girl, the 5 year old, was decidedly NOT going outisde.  I don’t think she had any logical reason for her position, but it was a long battle of wits to successfully dress the child in appropriate snow clothing, and I had to be slick, as she is an expert in ripping off the outerwear  just as soon as I’ve made some headway.    Of course, once I got her outside, she was great!  I asked her why she put up such a fuss inside, and she simply responded with, “I don’t know, Mama.”  Well I don’t know either.

We spent roughly an hour constructing and destructing snow mounds while giggling and running after one another.   I was hoping to create a whole snowman family, complete with a cat, but this is all we have to show:

We upgraded the typical snowman with some lovely spiky twig hair, which unfortunately is very hard to see in the picture.  I do admit that this picture truly saddens me.  Yes, sure, it is a great momento of a spontaneous winter day, but when I look at this picture, all I see are two children that are entirely too big for my liking.  I took a picture of my girls after we built a snowman way back in the olden days (2007) when my Big Girl was not even close to being my height.  (Now she threatens to grow taller than I  in only a few months!)  And in the old picture, my Little Girl still had the look of a toddler.  See?

My babies are gone, and there’s no way to get them back.  I am floored by how much they have grown in such a short amount of time.

After we conquered the snow, some hot chocolate was due.  We rushed inside and somehow managed to hang up all of our wet snow gear by the door (quite the feat, I must admit!), and I made the specialty drink from scratch.  One thing I love about making hot chocolate from scratch is mixing the cocoa powder with the milk.   I don’t know why, but they seem to repel each other and  vigorous whisking is the only way to incorporate the two.  The whisking produces very interesting bubbles.

What a great desktop image for chocoholics worldwide!

Some lunch  accompanied the steaming drinks, and the kids enjoyed some wii sports games in the cozy house afterward.  As I was cleaning the kitchen, I realized that the snow day  was a success.  We had been outside and enjoyed the snow, we had full bellies, and the house was filled with laughter.

When I got the news that school was cancelled, I really wasn’t thrilled.  Monday is my day of sanity, my “Get-the-kids-out-of-the-house-and-get-things-back-to-normal” day.  I may sound selfish, but sometimes I need a break from being “mommed.” I need to have some space of my own, and I have a feeling that I am not the only mom that feels this way.  But in the end, it was a great day and I felt very fortunate to have some extra time with my girls.  Time pushes us forward whether we like it or not, but for the time being, I will do my best to relish in the present, because it is truly a gift.

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