2009 Snow day! 016Well, January is starting off with a wet, white promise of the kids having LOTS of snow days again this year.

Already, we’ve had one snow day off, plus a second day with a 2 hour start-time delay.  Today (Monday) promises to be another snow day.  Which means Tuesday will probably be another 2 hour delay day.   The streets still aren’t fully cleared from last week’s snow “event” and now we’re getting an icy snowy mix on top of it.

ARRRGH!!  It’s only January 12th!!

So, for those of you who aren’t parents, a school snow delay, or full snow day isn’t just a day off for everyone.  Oh, if it only were that easy! It means is that the work plan you had for today is now screwed.  Anything you expected to get done before noon – or worse, HAD to get done for work – is now pushed into the afternoon if you’re lucky.  If you’re not, and schools close for the whole day, you’re stuck trying to do your regular work from home, while you deal with your hyped up, wow-its-a-snow-day, kids.  EEEK!!!

Before I had kids, when I was working for the city, if we had a snow day or an “adjusted telework day” – I’d put on my snuggly sweater, jeans and wooly socks, settle into a big comfy chair with a quilt and get a ton of work done in the peaceful quiet of my house.  Ahhhh.  No phones ringing.  No one popping into your office “just to chat.”  No meetings.  Just pure productivity.

I used to love those fabulous, productive, snuggly snow days.  I love, love, love snow and cold as you all know, and the quiet and the warmth of a fire and a 2009 Snow day! 049blanket?  Oh. Yeah.   Mmmm, snuggly!  I couldn’t understand why some people in the office (the parents) didn’t like those extra days where we got to work from home.  Ha!

When I was little, I used to plan for what I would do if we were lucky enough to GET a snow day.  Where I lived, in the mountains of North Carolina, there was snow plowing equipment and they got the plows moving and plowing at the first flake-fall.  If they could clear by 6 am, we went to school no matter how high the snow total might be.  If it was too high, or the snow was still falling hard at 6 am and they didn’t think they could clear it?  SNOW DAY!  But they were few and far between.

For my kids, it’s amazing how many they’ve gotten in recent years.  Not so much when my Eldest was young, but since 2010 and Snowmaggedon, snow days have been a lot more frequent.

My kids, just as I did, plan this out.  I heard them doing it tonight.

“If it’s just a delay, we can’t do anything.  No sledding.”

“But we can sleep in!”


“But if its the whole day, we could go sledding.”

2009 snow 002“Better find your snow pants now.”

There was a whole lot more, but you get the gist.  My Eldest figured out how to make snow creme a couple of years ago, on a snowy three-or-four-day-off school session.  Now it’s de rigeur when it snows.  I’ve got to get more condensed milk.  Better go put it on the grocery list!

Last year was a record for snow days for us.  We had to get special dispensation from the board of education not to extend school all the way till July.  Yes, July.  That’s how many snow days we had last year.  In fact, as I was doing my 2015 planning, I was trying to figure out why I’d been SO unproductive in the first quarter.

Then I realized that there was only ONE WEEK in the first ten weeks of 2014 where my kids were in school for 5 full days at a stretch.  One week.  We kept having these snowstorms that would come in on a Sunday.  The kids would be out for 2 days, then back to school, then the following Sunday, here would come another snow “event.”  Ugh.

The kids loved it, but let me tell you, for the parents, it got old.

However, that said, the kids could use a sleep in tomorrow.   They had a busy weekend and didn’t get to sleep in or laze around.  If we have a two-hour delay, well, then the boys will sleep in.  I might even indulge in that myself, at least for a little bit longer than my usual 7 am.

Did you have snow days where you lived when you were a kid?  I know our Aus pals probably didn’t, but what about the rest of you Bandits and Buddies?

What did you do on snow days when you were little?

If you have them now, as an adult, do you work?  Do you play? Or do you get frustrated?Snow Feb 2013 008

If you got snowed in and absolutley HAD to take a snow-day-off, what would you do?  Bake?  Plan? Knit?

Would you build a fire in the fireplace and read all day or go out and play in the snow?

Have you ever built a snowman?  What about a snow fort for snow ball fights?

If you’re a snow lover, do you prefer a sled, a saucer, or a toboggan?

And for when you come in from the cold…soup, hot chocolate, tea, coffee or chili?  I’ll tell Sven to have some ready….

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  • Jane says:

    Hello Jeanne,
    We got about an inch of the white stuff last Friday. I don’t remember us having many snow days when I was a kid. I think we might have had one. It seems schools were never closed in the city. Maybe they figured if mass transit is running then no school closings and knowing that parents had to work and the kids had nowhere else to go. Never succeeded in building a good snowman, but we had some great snowball fights.

    • Jane –

      I don’t remember having a lot of snow days either as a kid – and that was in Baltimore MD not very far from where Jeanne is. Of course, my memory could have forgotten. I don’t think the communication network back then was all that reliable so they had to have school. Not everyone had tvs – no public announcements.

      But you’ve got the GR for the day. I shudder to think of him running amuk inside all day. Kick the feathered terror out in the ice if you need to. That should settle him down.

    • Jeanne Adams says:

      Hey Jane! Congrats on catching the feathered fiend. Donna’s right, boot him out for a while to shovel. SNORK!!

      Have to do a little happy dance….Not only am I finally able to get ON the net, the kids are all finally in school! Hallelujah!

    • Jo Robertson says:

      Jane, we always had to take our kids up to the Nevada border to find snow when they were little and my kids were more interesting is sliding down hills on inner tubes and metal trash can lids than building snowmen.

  • Amy Conley says:

    Yes, I’ve had my share of snow days, both as a child and a parent. The best was my senior year of high school. We had only been back to school for a few days from Christmas break, and we had the blizzard of all blizzards and didn’t go back to school til the. 1st of Feb. Of course I was also a parent then, so I didn’t have to pay the sitter for a month, which was nice.

    Now with grandkids I will do ONE DAY ONLY of snowing and sledding with them, after that they are on their own. I used to also tape myself sledding for my gf and her 2 boys who live in NZ. The would just laugh. Those videos are still on my youtube page, lol.

    Unfortunately the funniest snow day was before cell phones and before we had a cammcorder. I had gone to Erie,Pa to get my youngest brother and take him to Fl. We stopped at my house in So In to pick up my kids for the trip to Fl. My brother had brought his skis and gave them to my boys since he was planning on surfing from then on. We got a deceng snow around Thanksgiving that year and so the boys, including hubby decide to try out the skis. Our house is built into a hill, so they could choose the slight hill or the steep one. Yep, they all chose the steep hill. Hubby goes down the first time, lands face first in the snow. Round two is a repeat. I am standing at my kitchen table LMAO, tears rolling down .y cheeks, legs crossed to keep from peeing on myself and what happens next? Any person in fheir right mind would have stopped and come in. Nope, he has to master these skis, so we get to round three and he manages to stay upright. The boys, of course, took to the skis like they were born on them. I’ll never forget how much I laughed that day. I had just had surgery, but I did put the skis on, in our flat front yard and just sort of went back and forth on them. I knew there would be no skiing in my future. My daughter was to small for those skis, but she got to go smiing several times when she was a bit older in Colorado. Now she can’t ski because of all the damage to her pelvis from her accixent. I think, other than not having her babies naturally, skiing is what she misses most. After hubby’s skiing trip in our backyard he decided skiing should not be a part of his future in case of broken bones and loss of work. But I would go tubing, once anyway.

    And our warm-up after snow play was and always will be, hot chocolate with lots of marshmallows.

    • Amy –

      Sounds like great video fodder 🙂 .

      I dreaded snow days as a parent because it meant having to find alternate childcare for the day. I’m afraid my job wasn’t too generous with me not being on the job – same with my husband. We took turns but generally had to find someplace to take them while we slid to work.

      But – one day in Cleveland – I tried skiing. I did pretty well (I thought) until I hit a patch of ice at the bottom of the hill. My husband couldn’t master the skis at all so that pretty much put the cabash on any skiing vacations 🙂

    • Jeanne Adams says:

      OMGosh, I’m laughing just imagining that, Amy! Wow!

      I didn’t learn to ski till I was in college, but I took to sledding and toboganing like a pro. Grins. Helps that I adore snow, right?

      Like you, we were allllll about the hot chocolate!

  • Minna says:

    We have plenty of snow here in Finland now and apparently we’ll get more today. I think we are getting all the snow we didn’t get last year!

    We didn’t have snow days here. But really cold days were another matter. I remember a couple of times when the school taxi or bus didn’t arrive because the driver hadn’t been able to start the vehicle because it was so freezing. And once when the temperature dropped below -40°C, mom decided I didn’t have to go to the crossroads to wait for the taxi (small school, so there was no need for an entire bus) and I got to stay at home. It hasn’t been that cold in years now.

    • Minna –

      Love the idea of taking the taxi to school. When I lived in Maryland, I had to walk to school. That was exactly sort of fun. A group of us would walk together, pausing for the periodic snow ball fight on the way. Once we moved to Ohio, I caught the school bus, but a taxi sounds so much more intimate and far more comfortable. 🙂

      • Minna says:

        It wasn’t all that much fun when the taxi reeked of cigar smoke (the driver was a smoker, though he obviously didn’t smoke while he was driving students or customers) and you had to share the taxi with a bunch of bullies and because it was just a little too small for all us, so there wasn’t too much space, either.

    • Jeanne Adams says:

      I’m just trying to wrap my brain around -40. BRRRR!!! Even my snow loving soul might balk at that. Ha!!

      We had several incidents last week where busses wouldn’t start – both city transit and school busses. And during the snow last week, because we’d had nearly artic cold (for us) in the single digits, then a dramatic warm-up (60 f) then a drop back into the ice locker and single digits, they had big problems with our metro b/c of cracked rails. The freeze thaw freeze really played havoc around here with metro, and water lines too.

    • Jo Robertson says:

      Isn’t Finland a great place for skier-tourists, Minna?

      I can’t imagine all that shoveling and scraping of sidewalks for a long period of time.

      • Minna says:

        Isn’t Finland a great place for skier-tourists, Minna?
        Usually. It wasn’t so great last year when there was hardly any snow. The winter was really weird last year.

        I can’t imagine all that shoveling and scraping of sidewalks for a long period of time.
        Besides shovels we have sleigh shovel (I think that’s what it was called in English) and snowploughs that are small enough to drive on sidewalks.

  • flchen1 says:

    I’ve never lived anywhere where we’ve had snow days! In my lifetime, I recall ONCE when we got enough snow that it lasted for maybe 12 hours on the ground 😉 We may have had a snow day then–I don’t recall! I can well imagine that the disruption of your schedule gets pretty old, pretty fast! I do know a couple authors who work for schools though (whose kids are mostly older) who look forward to snow days as bonus writing days 😉 As a reader, that works for me! 😀

    • Jeanne Adams says:

      Oh, yes, if I were a teacher or school employee and got to be off? Or like it used to be before kids? SOOOOO Productive! I did some of my best work on the quiet snowy days. Grins.

      Now? Not so much! This morning I couldn’t even get on the Internet. Not sure why, but I couldn’t get any page other than the mail AOL page to load. Between that and the two-hour delay? Yikes! NOT productive! ha!

    • Hi fichen!

      I wonder if the folks in Florida have “sun days.” LOL. My teacher friends all celebrate snow days. Do you think that may be why so many are called these days?

    • Jo Robertson says:

      Sounds good to me, Fedora.

      Here in our school district if we missed a day for snow (unlikely) or flooding (very likely) we teachers dreaded it because we knew we’d have to make up the day in the spring or summer. State-mandated number of school days, no getting out of that one.

      • Jeanne Adams says:

        Jo, we have that too and if we’d have actually had to DO it last year, we’d have been into July before summer dismissal. They did a couple “give backs” on teacher workdays and rescinded Easter Monday. The state met them half way and we only had to go into the second week of June last year. :>

        2014 was actually worse for snowdays OFF than Snowmageddon, believe it or not. Snowmageddon was two HUGE snows, and they got it plowed and life and school moved on. Last year, it was an “every weekend new snow event”. Arrrgh.

  • Helen says:


    Never sadly I think I would love a couple of those curled with a good book or cooking some cakes to enjoy hot chocolate we are having lots of hot days although it is raining and humid at the moment and we are up the coast having a little holiday.

    Stay warm

    Have Fun

  • Shannon says:

    No snow days when I was growing up. In Syracuse where I went to college, I only remember school being cancelled when there were ice storms. Those were brutal.

    Adult snow days are a chance to do that extra cleaning, cooking, reading, and watching tv.

    If you have them now, as an adult, do you work? Do you play? Or do you get frustrated?Snow Feb 2013 008

    Lots of snowmen when I was growing up. But we didn’t have coal for eyes. Mom would find an old coat, and cut off the buttons.

    It’s 37 and raining, so I’m going in now. I hope to beat the worst of it. Of course, I work a 8 hour day, not six. Oh well, it beats a 3 hour commute.

    • Jeanne Adams says:

      Oh, does it ever, Shannon! Hubby had one of those the other day when the RedLine rails froze. Yikers. Took him forever to get home.

      And if you went to ‘Cuse, you know about SNOW. Hah! And yes, the ice storms, esp around here, are brutal. Yuck. Snow = good. Ice = bad.

      Hope you have a good day at work!

  • pjpuppymom says:

    I grew up in a snow belt where we got a lot of the white stuff but also had the equipment to deal with it. Because of that we probably didn’t have as many snow days as other areas. When we did have them it was usually when the snow could be measured in feet rather than inches.

    We never stayed inside on snow days. We’d bundle up, grab our sleds, saucers and toboggan and head for the hills. Literally. We lived about a five minute walk from an 18-hole golf course with awesome hillls. The course owner was a neighbor and let us use two of the biggest hills for winter sled runs. We’d be out there all day, numb with cold by the time we finally dragged ourselves home. Then it was a mad dash to strip off the cold, wet outer clothes, race each other to our one and only bathroom then settle in with a mug of hot chocolate with marshmallows that my mom would have waiting for us. Sweet, sweet memories.

    Nowadays, I live in an area that may get one or two snowfalls a year, if we’re lucky. Rachel (my dog) loves it so we go out for a lot of short play times interspersed with snuggling under a blanket with a mug of hot chocolate – still my winter beverage of choice. 😉

    • Jeanne Adams says:

      PJ, somehow my reply to this went awry!

      How cool about the golf course!! And yes, yes, yes, on the hot chocolate! Grins.

      Had to LOL too, because my dogs adore the snow as well and then want to snuggle. Grins.

  • Hi All –

    Just wanted to say that Jeanne is having internet problems in connecting to the blog. I guess the ether took a snow day as well 🙂 . She’ll pop in as soon as she can.

  • catslady says:

    Although I live in PA, we didn’t get many snow days. The majority of the kids I went to school with were walkers. We didn’t have school buses. So either my dad had to take me or I would have to wait for a public bus. I could probably count on one hand how many days I had off. My kids got more because they were bussed but mostly 2 hr. delays. I was no longer working out of the house so it wasn’t a big problem. . I liked snow as a kid but driving on ice or shoveling is not fun. We’ve been getting really nasty cold weather this year but have been lucky on the amount of snow (so far anyway).

    • Jeanne Adams says:

      Cross your fingers when you say that, Catslady! I hope it’ll continue that way. Grins.

      As you say, shoveling is not all that fun (unless you’re shoveling so you can make a snow fort!!)

  • EC Spurlock says:

    When I was in grade school, my best friend’s dad was the superintendant for our district. He loved kids and would give us snow days at every opportunity! We lived on a hilly street so we would go sledding and build snowmen and snow forts if there was enough snow. Then inside where my mom would make cocoa. He was transferred to another district when I was in 4th grade and after that we had fewer snow days. By the time I got to college (in upstate New York, where it could snow from October to May and we’d get up to four feet at a go) the only time they canceled class was if the professor couldn’t get there to teach. I remember once waiting in the classroom for half an hour before we gave up, and then as I was taking the bus back to my dorm, we saw the professor standing out in the woods beside his car, which had slid off the road, waiting for a tow truck!

    Here in Georgia we almost never get snow days; our school district is especially strict, and as long as the buses can run, school is in. We did have an unusual number of snow days last year for the big ice storms, but usually they will just have a delay until the roads have cleared, or sometimes they will let the kids out early if the weather is expected to get bad so they will all be home before rush hour starts. I usually take the time to crank out more freelance work, although it’s my job to clear the driveway now.

    • Jeanne Adams says:

      Hey EC! Georgia gets those ice storms, for sure. Yuck-o! :>

      Had to LOL about the “snow from Oct to May” bit. Grins. It’s that way, isn’t it? Yikes. But hey, more fun for snowmen.

      I LOVE that your friend’s dad was the King of Snow Days. That’s awesome!!

      • EC Spurlock says:

        There was a girl from Hawaii who lived down the hall in my dorm one year. She had never seen snow and our first snow that year was a whopper, something like 18 inches. She had a big old fur coat, and she put it on and literally rolled around in the snow in front of our dorm like a polar bear and just had the best time!

    • Man, this is all so exotic to a gal from subtropical Australia, EC!

  • Jo Robertson says:

    Delightful post, Jeanne, that brought back fond memories. I grew up in central VA and our snow days were few and far between, but we LOVED them.

    As a parent of seven children, of course, I hated them, but in northern CA they are not so much few as a miraculous event. I’ve had to stop teaching my class to let the high school — yes HIGH SCHOOL — students run into the hallways to watch the skinny-ass snow flakes fall.

    Mind you Reno and the skiiing resorts are less than two hours away, but still …

    • Jeanne Adams says:

      Snork! Skinny-ass snowflakes are such a rarity, I guess I’d go gaga too if I lived in NoCal. Grins.

      It was freezing rain here today. Yuck. But we’ve had some of those glorious, thick snowfalls and it’s been wonderful. Last week was a 5″ snowfall, but since they only expect 1″ and planned accordingly, it messed things up. Hahah!!

      And I’ll be that winter in central VA was glorious when it snowed!!

  • Jeanne, had to laugh. We’re suffering through the most awful sticky summer here on the Sunshine Coast. 80% humidity most days. Blah. I’ve never had a snow day but if I did, I’d curl up in front of a big log fire and read. Perhaps something luscious like your wonderful DEADLY DELIVERY!

    • Jeanne Adams says:

      *blush* why thank you!

      And I had to LOL last night when I was putting this post together, thinking about y’all sweltering down in Oz. It’s so odd to remember that it’s opposite land down there. (Or we’re opposite land up here!) And even in your winters, you’re just tropical enough not to ever get snow. :>

      • They get snow in the Australian Alps, Jeanne, and in Tasmania but where I live, it’s like Florida. I actually quite like cold weather (within reason!) – hate our sultry summers although the other three seasons are very nice here.

    • pjpuppymom says:

      I’d be happy to have some of that heat about now, Anna. As I noted above, I grew up where snow was measured in feet rather than inches. When I was about ten, my family went to South Florida over Christmas vacation. I decided right there and then I wanted to live in a warmer climate. It took me a few years but I finally made it. And then, silly girl that I am, I moved halfway back! lol!

  • Definitely hot chocolate for me, Jeanne! I don’t envy you these unscheduled kid days. It’s hard on parents and of course that’s on top of all the days when the kids get sick, too. I know what that’s like.

    I’d probably do a mix of play and snuggle if it was snowing as I’ve only seen snow a couple of times in my life and it wasn’t really the kind of snow you get to make snowmen from.

    Good luck with your coming snow days! I think you’re going to have to institute Nora’s blood or fire rule very soon!

    • Jeanne Adams says:

      Hahah! Yes, well, we already HAVE the blood or fire rule for the hours between when they get home from school and 6 pm. My youngest didn’t want to go to the aftercare program anymore, so I made him a deal. He walks home, I’ll stop work long enough to ask about his day and get him a snack, but he leaves me be until 6. Then I’m all his. (Barring flood, fire, or arterial bleeding. Grins.)

      So far it’s working out. But y’know, with an all day snow thing, you actually have to stop and feeeeeed them. Or theyer boooorrrrred. Or, both better and worse, they want to go out and play in it and 1) cant find boots/snow pants/gloves or orther accoutrements; or 2) they’re coming in and freezing and need to be reminded not to bring the entire snowfort INTO the house; and 3) they need food/hot cocoa/soup. Grins.

      I actually mind the second – snow play – less than the whining that they’re bored. No one should be bored in this house! books! Tvs! games! dogs! Never complain to me that you’re bored! Grins.

  • Mozette says:

    Sure enough, we don’t have Snow Days here in Australia… but we do have a limit on how hot it can get before we send home our school kids – it’s 40 degrees Celsius.

    Even with the air-conditioning in schools today, the heat still does manage to bother the kids… so our Snow Day is the Heat Exhaustion Day…

    However, when it does get freezing cold, I do love to get into my trackie-dacks and rug up, close up the house, with a lovely hot cup of hot chocolate/mocha and surf the net… or read a nice book or watch a good movie like ’50 First Dates’… something about Summer. 🙂