When you live in Atlanta, it’s rare to have a snow day. People make fun of us for running out and buying all of the bread and milk before bad weather hits. Simply, we’re just not used to it in the South. When Atlanta got over 9 inches of snow last week, it really hit hard. Our family was nestled inside for most of the weekend and it got me thinking about our family dynamics. You learn a lot about your family when something unordinary happens and interrupts your usual routine. Here are the 5 things I learned about my family during last week’s snow days.
5 Things I Learned About My Family During the Snow Day
My Husband cares so much about our safety. They originally predicted only a small sprinkling of snow, so we were out driving in it when it started coming down. Even though I was focused on driving and listening to nonstop Christmas caroling from my preschooler in the backseat, it meant so much to me that my Husband kept checking in on us. A time of crisis truly reminds me that he’s my rock and Best Friend.
It Pays to Own Winter Gear
We whine about buying cold weather gear, but it truly pays to have it available when you need it most. Normally, I would say “Buy it once and do it right” but kids grow. I had the appropriate Winter gear for my oldest, but my youngest had nothing. Plus, the greatest snow invention has got to be snow pants! It’s the only item that helped keep my laundry from piling up.
Kids Don’t Get Tired of It
I love a snow day. I love going out in the snow for twenty minutes. Beyond that, I want to watch it fall from the couch. My oldest proved that it’s never too late to play in the snow, even when it’s melting. He made a cool snow alligator with his Dad – it was awesome.
I Could Never Be a Northern Mom
Major props to Northern Mamas. I don’t know how you do it everyday. It took us an extra half hour to get ready and leave the house. I’d add all of the clothing layers, pack the diaper bag as if we’d never make it back home and keep everyone happy at the same time. That takes TOO MUCH effort. There’s no way I could do that daily. After it was all done and we were ready to leave the house, somebody would get undressed.
Our Family Loves Power
Our power went out on Friday night and didn’t come back on until very late on Sunday. It was the longest I have ever been without power. At first, it’s kind of fun to lose the power and hang out. Then, you start to wonder what you’ll do next and how to entertain the kids. Before you know it, you’re bored and cold. No heat, no tv, no sound machines for sleeping and no lights. I’ve learned that our family is extremely high maintenance! Good old-fashioned electricity is my family’s favorite.
How has your Winter been going? Do you love snow days?