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Friday, January 31, 2014

We Don't Have Snowboots

Snow in North Carolina is an event.  Even the slight possibility of a trace of snow has schools and businesses closing and people rush to the store to stock up on milk and bread before barricading themselves in their houses.  I find this both amusing and frustrating.  We're from the mountains of Utah where snow isn't unusual, even in June.  In my entire life I think they only closed the school ONE DAY for snow - and we're talking snow so heavy everyone needed the day to shovel off their roofs before they collapsed.  But here, well, they have been talking about this storm for a week.  The school declared Tuesday an early release day (out at 11:00) then at 10:30 PM the night before the county topped that and declared all schools closed for the day.  So we kept the kids home and waited.  No snow at 10:00.  No snow at noon.  No snow at 4:00 PM.  An entire day of having the whole family home with the fireplace going and all stocked up on hot chocolate and no snow.  I think it truly started here sometime around 6:30 or so.  And it really took it's time about laying down the white stuff.  But.

This time around it wasn't a complete false alarm.  The kids could barely wait for the sun to come up so they could head outside to make snow angels and throw snowballs. 

When I finally allowed them to bundle up and head (probably around 7AM) out we realized that they don't have snowboots.  Or proper gloves or anything else.  So we did the best we could.  Ty went out in old sneakers and Kaitlyn had to clomp around in my (too big) hiking boots.  I'm sure Sam and I have some stuff in a box in the garage, but it wouldn't have fit the kids so we didn't bother.  And you know what?  They had fun anyway.


 And when they got cold they would come inside to warm up.  Play for a while.  Then head back outside to do it all again.
We're now on Snow Day #4 (with no additional snow after that first night).  *shaking my head* ;)

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