Tuesday, February 9, 2010

Another Day

Since the first of the year, our children have not had a single full week of school. Late starts, early outs, canceled days... EVERY. WEEK.

Monday morning they were let out at 9:30am. Today, school was canceled for the day. We were so desperate, we spent two and one half HOURS at McD's. Along with about 7 families we know. And none of us planned to meet the others there.

I heard the "other" public place in Tiny Town to take kids (aka: the library) was packed too.

Trust me, if Marin had not been collapsing on herself from nap-need, we would have gone there as well.

Our snow piles are now taller than I am in many places. Our streets are a little "tunnel-like", with the snow piled high on each side. I can't see if anyone is coming when I back out of my driveway, because the snow drift is so tall.

This year, at least our "snow days" are for, you know, actual snow. Instead of freeze-your-face-off below zero temps.

Let me be very clear: I really love having my oldest two children around. However. When they are around at random and unplanned times, without any particular schedule or routine to follow, things can get tilted a little bit off kilter.

Luckily we are in a season of (mostly) harmony around here. (Do you believe in the "six months on six months off" theory? I do...). But still, these long snowy days are starting to wear us all down. No one is getting enough fresh air, or sunshine/light. No one is getting enough exercise*. No one is getting enough "alone" time. No one is getting enough mental stimulation.

Tomorrow, GOD WILLING, there will be school. And Thursday too. But then our kids are out Friday, Monday, and Tuesday. You know, just the local school district's attempt to test the sanity of area parents.

I hope I pass their little test.

*I've been doing that beshitted 30 Day Shred again, and my children- so desperate are they to move their little bodies- have been joining me. Which just about makes all those bicycle crunches livable.

However, I still want to kick Anita's smiley little perky fucking teeth in. Or maybe pull her ever-bouncy ponytail.

However-however, I sort of have a girl-crush in Jillian. Did I really just admit that? Meh. This whole thing was doomed from the start. And now you all know I had absolutely NOTHING to say today. Or, you know, for the past week. Blerg.


Tess said...

We've had some uncharacteristically bad weather here too lately, and the last weekend we had all of the kids was a total NIGHTMARE. I really feel for you guys! I honestly don't remember what we did to entertain ourselves in the winter when I was a kid. I know my mom never played with us. WHAT DID WE DO? Well, whatever it was I don't guess it scarred us (much) for life.

Also, I like the Shred and all, but I have to tell you that I STILL don't like Jillian. I DON'T! I don't know what it is about her.

d e v a n said...

I hate Jillian. I want to slap her when I'm halfway through the Shred video. Every time.
I admire her. Like her? no

Jess said...

I think I'd definitely be failing that little test. Here's hoping you're a stronger person than I am.

GreenStyleMom said...

Send your snow to Colorado! We need more!

And I do believe in the 6 months on, 6 months off theory. Only my kids are on opposite seasons from each other...

Anonymous said...

I am a firm believe in the 6 months off/on theory. There has to be some plausible explanation as to why my kid wakes up to be such an asshole one morning out of nowhere and it doesn't go away for eons. It's either that or demon possession.

If we don't have school tomorrow I am running away from home. Care to join me?

Laurie said...

I think I'd lose my mind if our school closed that often. We get so many pd days, teacher conference days etc this month that it feels crazy, and next month is spring break. But it's rare for us to have more than one or two days of school "sort of" closure a year. When temps are below -40 or so, the buses are all cancelled, or in event of severe snowstorms. And even then the teachers are almost all there and you can drive your child to school if you so wish! Something good about living in a place where cold is standard and snow is practically never-ending I guess, lol!

Seester said...

I know you like to know when I'm reading, and you know that by when I comment- but have you noticed that I kinda kill future comments.. nobody ever comments after me.. guess thats cuz nobody can top my wisdom? watch you will never get beyond 7 comments on this post now...

Heidi said...

Your town sounds as exciting as mine! Of course, weird as it may be, we haven't had a lot of snow in Vermont this year. Lot's of ice though. And WHY is there a need for a winter vacation? They just got done with the holiday vacation. I don't know if I can survive a whole other week with the kids home. I hope they get invited to many playdates!

Marie Green said...

Seester: you were wrong. =)

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el-e-e said...

For me (or rather, my five-yr-old) it's more like "3 weeks on 3 weeks off." Six months of nice? Would be bliss!

I don't mind Anita, it's Natalie I want to slap. (Also: She cheats.) My husband has a crush on Jillian... wait, that's not the same thing. ;)