What To Do When You Are (Not) Snowed In

It was supposed to snow today, and I was kind of looking forward to it. I mean, I wasn’t looking forward to driving in it to run the errands Sarah and I had planned (shopping for a birthday present for Nathan, Valentine making supplies, and goody bag supplies for Sarah’s birthday party). So the light dusting on the ground this morning was fine, since we could go and get that down without any snowy adventure. But, then I was hoping it would come down a little, creating a quiet cocoon and an excuse to stay home, read books, watch movies and nap.

Sleep has not been my friend lately, and I really needed a nap.

The snow didn’t come, but my need to just do very little stayed with me.

Nathan is working a 9 to 5 day today, which leaves me on parenting duty. Did I mention I need a nap?

I managed to distract Sarah for a while, as she worked on making Valentine’s for each of her classmates, and I lay in my bed to read. But, every 15 minutes or so Sarah came into the room for something. “Mommy, can you help me make valentines?” She asked.

“They are your friends,” was my answer.

She asked again a short time later. She really didn’t need my help making the Valentines. No, what she wanted was me to be with her, on duty, not lying down and being lazy.

I grumpily complied.  Well, at least I came and sat in the same room as Sarah, while she finished her Valentines and then stuffed goody bags for her party (which isn’t until next week).

I know she wanted more from me, but the problem is I don’t have much to give. However, feeling like the world’s worst mom, and seeing the mess that Sarah left in the living room from card making, I decided we would create art together. Here are the results:

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So now I have a little over an hour to fill before Nathan gets home. What’ s next for our un-snow, snow day?

22 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. Julia Skinner
    Feb 11, 2012 @ 15:55:33

    They are certainly a great piece of evidence for an un-snow snow day! I’m with you with the sleep thing. Get to sleep but wake around 3.30 when my heads is so full of what I could / should / might do I just can’t go back to sleep! Grr!


  2. Kathryn McCullough
    Feb 11, 2012 @ 15:56:01

    Love your creations, Lisa! And happy birthday to Sarah for next week.


  3. k8edid
    Feb 11, 2012 @ 16:12:19

    Oh, Lisa, the Sandman is avoiding me (still!!!). Lack of sleep leads to headaches for me. A nap sounds heavenly, but don’t think it will happen. I hadn’t thought about the wonders of “snow days” in a while (not many in Florida!!). Happy birthday to Sara and Nathan. Hope you rest, and recharge.


  4. Louise
    Feb 11, 2012 @ 16:58:21

    HI! I can totally relate to this line, “The snow didn’t come, but my need to just do very little stayed with me.”

    We only had a light dusting but it was still a movie and “veg” day.



  5. bornstoryteller
    Feb 11, 2012 @ 17:37:05

    We had wet today. Periods of white wet, but wet in the end, and now it’s dry dry dry…with no hint of white or wet left, although the forecast is for more white. It’s white where my heart is making her dinner now…sigh…

    I did get my nap in today, because I, too, felt that “I wanna big snowstorm/stuck in the house” day feeling. I’m surprised I even got dressed at all, but I had to take the garbage out, get the newspaper (from downstairs) and get the mail.

    I think it’s ice cream time. Sugar free, but ice cream, nonetheless. If I can’t have the white stuff, I’ll settle for the cold creamy stuff.


  6. Sandi Ormsby
    Feb 11, 2012 @ 20:30:46

    Way to entertain, mom! We just signed both kids up for a drawing class. Gibson took before and liked. This time Samantha wanted to do…we are tighter on cash, but we decided it was a good thing for them. Well, the first class was Friday and we completely FORGOT! Can you believe that? Well, that was 30 bucks wasted for that day. It’s 15.00/class. Oh well. they only 3 left now!


    Love the art work Sara created!

    Lake Forest, CA


    • Lisa Wields Words
      Feb 12, 2012 @ 08:30:29

      Sarah loves art. My friend Jackie taught her last year, and we both loved it. She at least has it in school this year. I am also trying to expand myself creatively, plus it was something I could do without a lot of energy.

      Don’t forget next Friday. 😉



  7. Barbarann Ayars
    Feb 11, 2012 @ 20:45:34

    Wish you could have had my day! Eight inches of snow deemed a snow shower by the local on the 8s, and in my mind,shower is not inapplicable word. Got stuck trying to climb the grade back up tomy house. Yek. Heavy wind stacked it everywhere,so I did what you would have: I cocooned the rest of the day. Watched the birds gobbling . Refilled the feeder. Watched them some more. Snoozed by the fire. Made cream of corn soup for dinner. Yum. Repeat same tomorrow!


  8. athursdayschild has a long way to go and much to be thankful for.
    Feb 12, 2012 @ 10:36:43

    I particularly like the one on the black background. The colors really pop.


  9. thepetalpusher
    Feb 12, 2012 @ 11:15:01

    We also had the dusting here in South Jersey which left a sheet of ice everywhere, but it didn’t stop me from venturing out for some mini-danish from our local baker! I also majorly napped yesterday which I haven’t done in quite a few months, so I know it must’ve been tough muddling through the arts and crafts hour! I like her abstract picture though–it came out well.


  10. Kathy
    Feb 12, 2012 @ 18:48:28

    Oh isn’t it hard to be an altogether-present parent when you’re feeling tired and just need time alone? I think you rebounded wonderfully! Art with your bebs. Lisa, I would give you an Award for being an Innovative and Caring Parent who pushed through bonds of tiredness when you didn’t want to. (Can you hear the cheers from the stands?)


    • Lisa Wields Words
      Feb 13, 2012 @ 07:35:19

      Thank you, thank you (Bows several times). I still felt like a horrible parent, but I tried. Yesterday, I got my read in bed all day day (after the whole family went for a hike in the cold in the morning). It was Nathan’s birthday, and he wanted to watch videos and play games all day, but he wanted me to read and relax, so I did. 😉


  11. Victoria-writes
    Feb 13, 2012 @ 07:32:04

    Happy creating!


  12. Julia Munroe Martin
    Feb 14, 2012 @ 05:41:20

    Beautiful art — and sounds like a fun time. But ugh. Sleep. I’ve had trouble with that lately too, so I understand (I can’t nap, either…). Signing off at 5:40 a.m… hope we both get more sleep soon, Lisa! xo Julia


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