Snowy day activities- get OUT of the house

I don’t think I’ve found anything worse than being in a 500 sq foot space on a snow day with a rambunctious toddler & a new baby.  You can’t really go outside, you can’t really stay inside if you expect everyone to survive.  Here’s what took up about 3 hours of our morning today during the first snow of the day.

1. pack your snow bag.  It consists of extra gloves & an umbrella.  You won’t be out long.

2.  Wish for the following items you don’t have, but wish you did:

  • a bjorn cover see the snow covering my Aden & Anais blanket below.
20150106 lily in the snow with mommy
Can you see all that snow in the background? Put Lily in the Bjorn so that she could stay warm, and be a little toaster oven for me as well!
  • a wet weather stroller cover
  • your best snow boots out of storage (I prefer L.L. Bean  boots as pictured here, shearling lined, ahhh)

3. Find a task to do so your snow time won’t last all of 5 minutes.  We went to the post office to pick up a package.  The post office is across the street, so we didn’t have far to go!

4. If you have sleds, get them, find a hill & let the kids go crazy!  ( we don’t have that here & Evie is just too young to get it quite yet)

20150106 evie in snow
Our foray across the street to the post office- a nice closed off street where there is no “yellow snow” as of yet!

Here are a few conversations/lessons to start with if you’re on city streets- NO YELLOW SNOW.  If you pick up snow, it needs to be snow that is white & is free of footprints.   LEAVE YOUR GLOVES ON.  Otherwise you’ll get cold & we have to go home!  Most kids get it, but start early.  With my 2 year old the yellow snow made sense.  She watches dogs pee all the time so understood.  However, the gloves- it was a lesson learned through experience.  Sometimes, ya just gotta let kids go!  Don’t be a helicopter mom.  They’ll get it eventually.

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