It’s not the snow

24 Inches
The first day of many.

I am a New Englander, and I love the snow. I drive an all-wheel vehicle which I don’t need most of the year, but must have for the few months of winter. I love skiing, sledding, snow angels, and most recently, riding my fat bike through the snow. 

I believe no winter is complete without a good blizzard, and every child (and family) deserves a few days off for snowmen and snuggling.

And I have no problems with school going into late June because, let’s be real, I have to work and extra days means we’re spending less money on summer camps or other activities for the kids.

But this is ridiculous. On January 27th we received two feet of snow, and then it just kept coming. And coming. And coming. The snow is piled up to ridiculous heights, and, as the snow continues to fall, I can’t help but wonder where the heck they are going to put it all!

Our son has been to school a total of 4 days since January 27th (for those doing the math, he should have had 11 days of school in that same time period). Our daughter is just a few days ahead of him, thanks to the persistence of our superintendent – a boy from Vermont who has been determined to keep the kids in school.

Our snow angel
A happy moment with our snow angel

Given the amount of screen time my kids have had in the past two weeks, I wouldn’t be surprised if their brains started running out of their ears. They are off schedule, out of sync and everyone is getting a big snippy.

With just a few days to go before February vacation – because, while the kids don’t need anymore time away from school, I could use a few days of downtime away from the cold and snow –  I’m looking forward to a real week off and then, hopefully, getting the kids (and us) back to our regularly scheduled programming.

Because it’s not the snow. It’s the schedule breakdown that’s killing me

Added February 10th
Wondering how much snow we’ve received? Here’s a great visual from The Boston Globe. And keep in mind – it’s supposed to snow again!


5 thoughts on “It’s not the snow

  1. So this may sound dumb, but what do you do if your kids have snow days, especially THAT many snow days? As a Phoenician, we don’t get snow days (but we had a rain day this year…don’t ask me!). We are contemplating a move to Chicago and the idea of kids, jobs and snow days make me panic.


    1. Not a dumb question! We usually start off strong – lists help (chores, homework, fun things like games and baking) but honestly by this point, we’re relying on mass quantities of screen time. Yesterday we made the kids clean their rooms, fold laundry, pack for vacation, read, go outside and do some building toys before turning to the video games.


  2. Hang in there! Being from South Carolina, I have no idea what that level of snow would be like. We stop the world for a quarter of an inch. But I totally understand what a change in schedule can mean for the family! Speaking of SC, where did you get a ruler with Laurens, SC on it?


    1. I have NO IDEA where the ruler comes from (I got the same question through Instagram). I’m guessing it came from some grandparents house, but who knows how it go there? Small world.


  3. I’m in MA also. This winter has been so nuts. For the past three weeks, I have had no idea what day it is most of the time. I we get more later this week and this weekend, like they’re predicting, I don’t know where we’ll put it. And I also don’t mind if they go further into June, but not thrilled with the other suggestions going around like Saturday classes or extending the school day.


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