I am BEAT. So tired, hurting everywhere ... between the 30 inches of snow and the dog that is terribly ill and the fact that my boys are snowed in at my parent's house ..... well ... I'm done. BUT, you can COUNT on the fact that my sparkling adorable energetic FIVE YEAR OLD daughter is ... um ... NOT feeling like her mommy does! So .. here's how we've managed to get through the day ...
9:00 - Breakfast must happen. I offer to make a big batch of oatmeal banana waffles and bacon. Of course, I open the egg carton UPSIDE DOWN ... and smashed 2 eggs on the kitchen floor. (Dang .. I just mopped it last month, too!) Well, Clara decided that she wanted to help clean it up. It took her nearly 35 minutes!!!! She was busy, she did a great job, and I was able to make waffles without hearing "HEY! Let's go out in the snow NOW. How about NOW? NOW? Yet? "How much longer?" LESSON LEARNED: to entertain a 5 year old for a while, drop a raw egg on the floor and give her cheap paper towels and some salt.
10:00 - After eating waffles, we decide we better take a bath before the electricity goes out. I asked her to wash my hair .... we buy cheap shampoo ... and had plenty of hot water ... so for an HOUR I had my hair washed (and washed and washed) and she was content. LESSON LEARNED: shampoo is as cheap as raw eggs, but you end up with a WHOLE head of clean hair vs a SMALL clean spot on the kitchen floor
11:00 - Daddy took over and let Clara play outside for a while. I got to sit down by the fire. LESSON LEARNED: This is the least expensive, most fun activity of the day for Clara .... but I BETTER have the darn hot chocolate ready BEFORE they get in next time ...
12:00 - I don't feel like cooking and still haven't washed dishes from breakfast. So we're having cold ham sandwiches and I'm heating a can of tomato soup. LESSON LEARNED: Presentation is everything. I served it in a fancy tray .. IN BED ... we watched a FRAGGLE ROCK movie while we enjoyed lunch in bed. LESSON TWO LEARNED: You can heat soup in the bowl you'll eat out of ... one less pot in the sink. LESOON THREE LEARNED: If you eat lunch in bed, a nap immediately following makes perfect sense to everyone and you don't have to DRAG a 55 pound kid up the stairs to get her under the covers!!!
1:30 - Clara woke up before me, but we both got a good nap in. She wants to play a board game. I tell her to set it up while I make a quick batch of pudding. (Bought some on sale last week ... Clara has a dairy allergy .. but I found out that the cook kind has no dairy .. and if I use almond milk and add a little extra cornstarch it comes out perfectly!) We sit in front of the fire, playing "Littlest Pet Shop" board game, spooning delicious warm coconut cream pudding into our mouths. LESSON LEARNED: Even though I would rather die than play this board game ... CLara was content and I didn't have to MOVE much .. and I got to be warm and cozy by the fire, so it was worth it. BONUS POINTS: I told my hubby that I was sore, he brought me tea and advil.
3:00 - OK ... I can't stand any more of that game ... so I brought in a big storage tote full of snow and some sand toys from the garage into the house ... put them right down on a big blanket in the middle of the kitchen floor. We have made a family of snowmen ... then got the playdough toys and started to make WORDS in the snow ... this one packs well. So picture this ... we're in our jammies ... with mittens ... on the floor in the kitchen .... making 12 inch tall snowmen. LESSON LEARNED: IF you can not bare to go out in this crap .. bring it in. Clara got to play in the snow and I didn't have to go OUT in it!!!!
4:00 - Clara and I have drawn pictures, made a puppet theatre (not really . but that's what she called it) and snuggled with a big pile of new books that someone gave us. LESSON LEARNED: I love to read to her, but should have LOOKED at the books before we read them. She now knows what SPERM and EGGS are ... and if I hadn't read it to her she would have read it herself ... because even though she's 5 she reads on a fourth grade level ... THANKS SO MUCH to the lady that gave her a SNOOPY's ENCYCLOPEDIA OF HOW YOUR BODY WORKS. :(
5:00 - REDIRECTION from the book pile!!! Now she is drawing on my legs and feet with a new box of markers ... giving me 'tattoos' and washing them off with a rag then starting over ... it's been keeping her busy for 20 minutes ... and again ... requires little effort from me.
LESSON LEARNED: who cares if they write on our skin ... it will wash off ... and she's happy ... still.
now, what in the world will we do about supper?