Friday, December 08, 2006

Snow Day

One of my favourite children's music CDs contains a song called "Snow Day." It's near the end of the CD, amid soothing lullabies (including a duet of "Twinkle, Twinkle Little Star" by Chantal Kreviazuk and Raine Maida), and it comes blasting out with electric guitars screaming: "On my knees and pray (on my knees and pray!) / For a snowy day (for a snowy day!) / Cuz I need a break and I wanna sled the day away / I need a snow day! (nanananananananana) I need a snow day! (nanananananananana) Hey hey!"

That's how I've been feeling lately.

The children have some kind of bug in their system that makes them poop constantly, while affecting them in no other way, so I've been doing my usual routine of grabbing crayons wiping noses splitting up fights no pushing no hitting no grabbing I don't think your brother wants a hug right now sweetie give knife to mama peas go in your mouth not your ear coats on boots on open the door boots off coat off macaroni and cheese milk banana grapes apple not on the floor wipe off face wipe off ears wipe off hands time for bed. Only now with more poop.

And then this morning I woke up to this:


And this:


It's not quite the same as sledding the day away, but it does mean that hubby didn't go to work until noon, and that I got time to properly blow dry my hair while the children dismantled my husband's filing system with joyful cries of "Paper! Paper!" And I had a chance to put together the mid-term exam for Tuesday morning while hubby changed at least two of the daily total of 8-10 poopy diapers. So I'm counting it as a good day.

Edit: Newspapers finally got through today reporting that accumulations were up to 90 cm (or almost three feet for you Americans out there) - the biggest snowfall in more than twenty years. The photos don't really do it justice until you realize that there are several good-sized toddler yard toys completely obscured by those drifts of snow.

25 comments:

**ade** said...

Hey G... we took pics of the pretty snow too! http://smithetc.blogspot.com
We are still snowed in - seems the plow doesn't visit us frequently. A

Kyla said...

SNOW!!! I'm so jealous!! Not of all the poop, of course (well, maybe a little since we have to keep KayTar on a steady diet of Miralax to get ANY from her)...but definitely of the snow! Snow!!

Mouse said...

Try #3. Blogger Beta doesn't like my sign in due to a conflict with my Google Account.

I'm jealous of the snow. Even though Scooter and I are trapped indoors with whatever this plague is, it would be fun to watch from the window.

Instead, I baked cookies with our new transportation cookie cutters from Williams-Sonoma.

Antique Mommy said...

Fresh beautiful snowfall is one of the few things I miss about the midwest. We don't get that here in Texas. All that clean bright white does something to lift the spirit.

kate said...

it's beautiful! i love how snow creates a blanket of quiet over the whole street.

Pieces said...

And the peaceful blanket of silence that comes with the snow...at least outside.

That is one of the best paragraphs describing preschool parenting that I've ever read.

Blog Antagonist said...

I so miss snow. And I've never had the joy of children that are completely exhausted from playing in the snow. Color me green with envy. We will be heading North the day after Christmas and my kids are hoping like heck for snow at Grandma's house.

Mimi said...

Oh gosh, I'm sorry about all the poop. But isn't all the snow *glorious*? My grandparents live in St. Mary's, so they're in the snowbelt with you Londoners.

Have you noticed how everything outside *sounds* different when there's snow? Lying in bed in the morning, I can tell before I get up if it's snowed or not, just from the muffled-y-ness of the traffic. Peaceful ....

Beck said...

We got some heavy snowfall this week, too - but we're also bitterly, heart-stoppingly cold here, so it's mostly been admired from inside.
I hope the poopstorm stops soon, too. Nonstop poopy diapers are just nasty.

penelopeto said...

yikes! heard about the dump at your place (i meant snow, but i guess poop also applies) i only like snow when it is all pretty like that. tho i don't mind shovelling.
glad you got a bit of a break, and i hope the wee ones feel better soon.

Suz said...

What lovely snow! I miss it so much, living in the south.

julia said...

I have that cd! That's one of my favourites, too. I listen to it more than the kids do. We haven't had any real snow here yet, but I'm ok with that. I like snow for about five minutes and then I just want it to go away.

Here's hoping the poops go away soon.

sunshine scribe said...

I have to admit I am not an appreciator of snow. I know that makes me so very un-canadian but I can't help it.

BUT I have to tell you that that song from "For the Kids' is my son's favourite on that CD for 4 months earlier this year we had it on repeat in the car and would listen to it no less than 15 times a day. I can sing every word. So can he. I must get him to do it sometime for my place and dedicate it to you.

Lisa b said...

Oh its beautiful! I love snow days.

Jenifer said...

poor babies! Load up on the Desitin!

nonlineargirl said...

Wow, talk about the power of postive thinking! (Squeezes eyes shut, chants "snow, snow, snow, snow")

metro mama said...

I'm envious of your snow. I have a new sled for Cakes I'm dying to try.

scribbit said...

I looks so beautiful when it's white and blanketed. Of course in March it never looks quite so pretty.

Not-so-Sage Wisdom said...

Lucky in London! Well, I suppose the snow makes you lucky, the poop makes you...appreciate the smell of a fresh snowfall on a cold winter day?

I miss living in the snowbelt. And I'm pretty much doomed to a green Christmas this year, spending it in The Big Smoke, Guelph and Victoria. Guelph's my only hope, I think, but even it doesn't get as much snow as it used to.

kittenpie said...

Wow. Here in troopical Toronto, we had two dustings so far, neither of which stuck for more than 24 hours. It's not looking much like Christmas yet, quite frankly. Must find my boney M Christmas CD to get me in the mood for those last 8 cards I have to write yet!

cinnamon gurl said...

We drove to London almost two years ago for my grandfather's funeral. By the time we got off the 401 there was snow everywhere and we couldn't see traffic lights until we were pretty much in the intersection. It took us an hour to get across the city and I kept wondering if maybe we'd gone right through and there were fields all around and we had no idea. We had a bit of a chuckle because surely my grandfather was rolling in his grave that people were driving through this mess for his funeral. He used to always admonish us not to drive if there was even a single snowflake on the horizon.

Anyways, my point is London seems like a very snow city. Glad you got to enjoy blowdrying. We got nothing a mere hour and a half east of you.

Aliki2006 said...

Oh, that snow looks gorgeous--I'm so envious. Here we tend to get dustings, and there's nothing like that perfect new deep snowfall.

DaniGirl said...

Hmmm, London is blanketed in snow and Ottawa has rain. Rain. Rain. (I think Ottawa is the new Vancouver.) I do miss my London winters, as I find they have more snow but less bitter chill than Ottawa.

I've never heard of that CD you mentioned, but I'm off to check it out as a potential stocking stuffer. The idea of the duet between Raine Maida and Chantal K alone sounds like a lovely alternative to the Wiggles!

Lawyer Mama said...

Snow day!! Now keep that snow up there, will you. It looks pretty but I know I cna't handle it!

By the way, I LOVE that cd.

Becky said...

We have yet to have a good snow day! It might have made it worth being cooped up in the house with a sick kid for 2 days! We had about a 1/4 inch last week sometime (the days have become a blur, so I really can't remember when it was) that hit right at morning rush hour, but was completely gone by 10:00 a.m.

I can't wait for the snow... but I doubt we'll have any by my birthday (December 30). It always seems to be warm & rainy then when, in my mind, it should be cold & snowy!

Anyway, I hope you enjoyed your snow day!