This is an Emergency Blog Post for you East Coast mamas. I feel your pain, my sisters. Here in Colorado, we’re not expected to get much of this upcoming blizzard, but we have known them before…including one that struck two months after I moved here, almost cancelling Christmas. For a while afterward, people would hear that we were new arrivals and say, “It’s not normally like this!” and I would try not to curse at them.
So here’s what I’ve learned after being stuck indoors with the kids a few times myself:
-You can never have too many diapers. Seriously. Go get an extra box. I’m trusting you to stock up on everything else.
-Have a Quiet Time. For everyone. Even your older kids. By early afternoon, you’ll all need a little break from each other. Have everyone read in their rooms for an hour. You do it, too. Actually, there are few things I love as much as sitting on the couch with a blanket and a good book, watching the snow fall and thanking the Good Lord that I’m not out in it.
-Make this. If you’re a grown-up, and it’s after 10a (we do have standards, after all), embellish with a little Peppermint Schnapps or Fireball Cinnamon Whiskey. Not that I’ve ever done that.
-Make invisible ink with the kids. Pour a little lemon juice into a cup. Use a paintbrush to write messages with it on a plain white piece of paper. Hold it up to a lightbulb and watch closely — the ink will darken to a brownish color, allowing you to read the message.
-Sleeping Bag Stairs! Grab a sleeping bag and slide down the stairs. A few things: slippery bags work best; you should probably try the carpeted stairs and throw a few pillows at the bottom. And you might want basic first aid knowledge…because it takes ambulances a lot longer to get to you during a snowstorm. (I should note that I have a split-level with short stairs. I leave it to you to determine whether this is a good idea at your house.)
-Make snow cream.
-Make melted crayon birds.
-Try to get outside. I don’t know if everyone is like this, but I get cranky after I’ve been inside too long. I have to get out. The fresh air and the reminder that there is life outside my house does me a world of good. So if you can do it safely, get everyone outside…even for just 5-10 minutes.
-And finally — give yourself a break. Having everyone stuck inside for the day means your house might be destroyed. That’s okay. And if you need to, let everyone watch a little more TV or play videogames a little longer than usual. That’s also okay. And yeah, I still struggle with this one. I’m so good at feeling guilty.
Thank you for visiting Peace but Not Quiet. Good luck, mamas! I’d love it if you’d like me on facebook — and post some snow pictures if you’ve got ’em…