Wednesday, January 17, 2018

Easy Snow Day Activities

So, okay, I've lived in some cold places throughout my years of being both a military kid AND a military spouse.

I've been in Massachusetts, Nebraska, Wyoming, England, Germany, and Oklahoma. These are all places that are used to the chill. Most are prepared for snow.

Then we moved to Texas, and I thought we'd get some tame winters. We did last year and I was all, "Sweet! No more snow and ice!"

Texas was like:






Because guess what? We've already had snow in December. Not a lot, mind you, but enough to make Texas panic.




No one knows how to drive here to begin with. Add snow and ice, and it's chaos on the roads, so San Antonio tends to shut down.

On Tuesday we had an ice storm blow in, and the city did shut down. My son was like, "Please no school, please no school."

And he got his wish! School was canceled. It was our first snow day in Texas. Even when it snowed in December, the kids still had to go, because it had melted by the next day.

When the kids get a snow day, you might not know what to do with them. But I have some easy ideas!






1. Make unicorn hot chocolate. We love it! Click here to find out how to make your own!





2. Start a new show or movie. I started to watch Stranger Things. I always hear how great it is so I thought, okay, I'll start it. My daughter got hooked too. We're still on season one. She's all, "I need to ask my friends if Will comes back okay!"



3. Play in the snow. Well. If your kids are older, you can stay inside in the warmth and let THEM play. My daughter did.





4. Teach your kids songs from your favorite movies. Here's Natalie singing Back To School from Billy Madison. (She also knows the whole shampoo/conditioner scene.)




5. Do nothing. I mean, if you have older kids, you can relax. They're old enough to entertain themselves. If they want to craft, they can get the crap out. If they want to cook, they can get the crap out. It's pretty amazing. I'll be honest: my son stayed in his room most of the day and only emerged to eat. My daughter and I did watch Stranger Things, but then she was busy making videos of her Littlest Pet Shop toys. She went outside and I took some pictures, told her not to get frostbite, and came back inside.



I am not one of those people who enjoys the cold. Some love it and are all about the snow. I am like, "Get back up to the 60s, stat." Good news though! In the next few days, it will be back in the 60s. My daughter says she'll miss the snow. I will not.






Do you like snow?

46 comments:

  1. During the snow days, I usually get lots of blogging and planning done! It's one of my favorite type of days!

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  2. This post reminded me when it did snowed in Alabama that one time I was there and everything just stopped. I heard they had some snows again just a few days ago. These activities are all so much fun :D

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  3. Snow is becoming more common in the south, so they'd better start getting used to it LOL! I laugh because I am from Massachusetts and we get LOTS of snow.

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  4. We are having a snow day now here in NC. Today makes day two. We also had a couple of days last week.

    P.S. Do your daughter have a YouTube channel for her LPSs? I have two girls, aged 9 & 11, and they LOVE watching those channels.

    Enjoy!

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    1. Not yet, she's only 10, and she has to be 13 to get a YouTube channel. I might start letting her make videos on my channel though because she loves watching them. Right now she just saves the videos to her phone.

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  5. Oh these snow days, I only like to watch it through the window but tell me to go out and I dread it, these are great activities.

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  6. I like snow when I'm at home sipping hot chocolate on the couch, but since I usually work and going around is a pain, I prefer not to have it.

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  7. I am all about the hot chocolate and movies!! I am so sick of snow, because it lasts for like, half the year here in Toronto. :(

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  8. Living in Toronto, Canada, we get lots of snow. I used to like snow a lot as I go snowboarding. Now, I just prefer to do nothing when there is snow. I started to dislike the cold.

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  9. I like having four seasons. I don't like it when there's tons of snow (we recently got 18 inches) as not everyone uses good sense while driving out there.

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  10. Here in SC, we usually get one or two snow dustings each winter. So far, both of the "snowstorms" missed us by about 10 miles. My grandkids were so disappointed. Me, not so much. I'm a summer person. Bring on the heat.

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  11. We did almost nothing on our snow day. We baked cookies! Is Stranger Things really ok for kids? So many kids watch it but I thought it was creepy! I guess Natalie is into that!

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    1. Ohh baking cookies sounds nice, and the eating them after probably even better haha!

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  12. I saw unicorn hot chocolate and couldn't really think of anything else. I recently made unicorn poop cookies and I've been into the craze ever since!

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  13. Honestly I totally agree with doing nothing. Sometimes it's the perfect excuse to not feel guilty about it either!

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  14. We have snow days for almost a week now, our road condition and the frigid weather is unbelievable. I recruited my children to help me clean yesterday lol.

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  15. I think there's a lot of fun to be had on the snow day. The kids love to be in the snow anyway so go out and have fun in it and when you come in get some hot chocolate, cuddle under some covers and watch a movie

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  16. Bundle up everyone, including yourself and go outside and play. Come in and make hot chocolate for everyone with some homemade cookies.

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  17. LOVE the cold. Mind you, Babushka said cold, not freezing. Here in North Florida we've actually had snow. Who'd of thunk it?? Definitely one of the many times BB's happy she works from home. BB2U

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  18. We have plenty of snow days here. In fact, the kids had off most of this week. My son is in cyber school, so to keep things fun I give him a "snow day" when his local district has off. He went on a Stranger Things binge, too.

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  19. In Chattanooga we usually have some snow but with 2 mountains which get more, it will shut the schools down more and the valley can be fine. I just hate this cold - 8 & 12 the past 2 mornings.

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  20. Lovely post. I think there is nothing better than watching a movie with a cup of hot chocolate.

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  21. I totally binged watched a few shows during our recent Snow Days. It was GREAT! Just lounging in my pjs all day long was the best thing ever.

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  22. NC did the same thing to me last year! I moved from Ohio and last year was milk and I was like OH, YEA! and then now we are like on our 5th snow day for the kids. For snow that would be business as usual in Ohio... Good ideas!

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  23. I love these ideas, I have to admit on a snow day for me I like to curl up with a hot cup of tea, blankets and pop on a good movie!

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  24. We didn't have any snow in London but Scotland was all white. So jealous! why is everyone having snow?! i have to admit it might be quite unusual in texas!

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  25. Im sad we haven't had any snow up north this year! We would have loved to get out in it or enjoy a few snow days. Fab ideas.

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  26. She looks like she is having the best time playing it the snow. Best part of getting cold is coming in for hot chocolate & snuggles!

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  27. I'm definitely not used to the cold but we are enjoying it here in Kansas!

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  28. I hate snow. Grew up in it. Lived in it for 4 years in the Midwest. I don't even want a day of it. VA shuts down too.

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  29. I am weird and I love snow and cold weather. Really any excuse for me to bundle up or cuddle up by a fire and binge watch shows! I haven't seen cold weather or snow in 6 years - so sad :(

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  30. This post is so cute. I hope you guys stayed warm and had some fun. Thanks for sharing.

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  32. I love all of these ideas! The unicorn hot chocolate sounds DELIGHTFUL!! Is there anything better to do on a snow day though besides nothing?? LOVE IT!! Thank you for sharing this.

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  33. I personally love snow as it doesn't happen to have one in my country. I need to go to snowing countries like US or Germany to play with it. It excites me actually. The idea of trampoline seems nice but be careful not to slide because of the hardened melted ice.

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  34. I loved snow days while I lived in Boston. That unicorn hot chocolate looks amazing and I want to make it for my girls!

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  35. I love watching series or movies with my kid and we'll try a unicorn hot chocolate!

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  36. Snow days are just the best. This will make them even better!

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  37. As I live in So Cal I definitely dont get snow days but I wouldnt mind one. That unicorn hot chocolate looks amazing. Yum!

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  38. Love the unicorn hot chocolate, so cute!! Living in California we don't experience snow days unless I head to the mountains. Cold weather makes me want to do nothing but sometimes I'm in the mood to cuddle up in blankets and watch a great movie! Those are the best days.

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  39. I love cold winter days except when it dips to polar temperatures and drags on and on for months. If that happens, I morph into a couch potato and do nothing but snuggle under a warm blanket, binge watch the shows I missed, and enjoy lots of hot cocoa!

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  40. I want some unicorn hot cocoa, lol. We don't get snow here but we actually had some for a couple of hours one day. I was like a kid at Christmas.

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  41. I like cold weather because it is so comfortable to be lazy. lol! I would love to drink that unicorn hot cocoa and read a book.

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  43. I wish our times in MA could have overlapped! I teach my kids Billy Madison quotes too! "If peeing your pants is cool, consider me Miles Davis!"
    You nailed it, though. As a kid, we'd play Nintendo and then play outside and then get hot cocoa and rinse and repeat.
    Unicorn anything.. yes.. Books.. Stranger Things..

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  44. I love the post. I have only lived in Texas and yes it tends to shut down when it gets too cold. LOL

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