The major winter weather event they called for actually happened.  We had nearly 16” at our house and have been pretty well snowed in for four days.  There have been a couple of trips out with the four wheel drive, and everything is beginning to melt today, but it’s been a nice little winter hole-up for a few days.

Our favorite snow day activities over the past four days:

Baking bread

Building igloos




Watching movies

Making valentines

Science experiments

Finishing up the Pinewood Derby car

Cross-country skiing…

…and making silly mountain biking videos in the snow

“If we put the stick in the middle, we can make a sort of teepee…”

Freckles likes to chase the sled.

face plant

The igloo building lost its appeal after a while, and eventually, a sheet was stretched across the top for a makeshift roof.  Multiple techniques were tried and then abandoned.  Finally, they settled on using some rocks from the stacked wall around my now invisible flower garden to hold the sheet in place.  The igloo was finally ready for occupancy.

And then Isaac wanted to sleep in it.

He actually talked Harper Lee into trying it out, and Rob and I, assuming they would last no more than half an hour said, “Sure, go ahead.  Dress warmly, blow up the sleeping pads and get your winter bags out.”  And they did.  This was at 8:30.

An hour passed.  And then another.  Rob put his boots on and trekked outside with a flashlight in hand.  He came back in.

“Well?” I asked.

“They’re sound asleep.”

We waited a while longer.  We questioned our parenting skills.  We decided that we were either the most awesome parents in the world or the absolute worst.  Rob looked at the weather forecast.  100% chance of precipitation beginning by 2:00 a.m.  If it begins to rain, we reasoned, they’ll come inside.

We went to bed.  But neither of us really slept.  I read for a long time, and even when I dozed off, I awoke with a start and leaned up to look out the window.  No signs of anyone abandoning ship. It was going to be a long night.

Finally, a little after midnight, Isaac had to pee.  He woke Harper Lee, who dutifully brought him inside, and while they both fully intended to go back out, we used the opportunity to share the weather forecast with them and to encourage them to gather their things.

Back inside the warm house, the sleeping bags and pads were hung on dining room chairs, and both snuggled in and went straight to sleep.

This morning, we all slept in, and then Rob made his “famous” waffles for our adventure seekers.  For now, we are awesome parents. 

Meanwhile, amidst the adventure and intensive outdoor living, I finished what has become one of my very favorite books ever.  (I know I say this a lot, but this time, I really mean it.)  This is one of those books that will stay with me for a long time.  And it’s one of those books that every kid (and every adult) should read.  I’m adding it to my recommended reading list for my students and have passed it on to Harper Lee.

It is Wonder by R.J. Palacio, and it is– a wonder, I mean.  A beautiful little story with endearing characters and a heartfelt message.  I’m even thinking of adopting Mr. Browne’s precepts as part of my curriculum.  *You’ll understand once you read the book.

Check it out ASAP

And then let me know what you think.

I am in love with children’s novels.  They are among some of my favorite of all literature.  What are some of your favorites?  Leave a message here or on our FB page at Running Monologue.

There’s nothing like a sub-zero bag, an igloo and a really good book for a relaxing, fun weekend!