The Tired Mom's Guide to Child Entertainment During a Blizzard

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   Posted 2/6/2010 3:25 PM (GMT -7)   
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? 

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   Posted 2/6/2010 4:20 PM (GMT -7)   
Oh my goodness!  What a day!  This will be one that Clara will remember, I'm sure.  You know what?  I was a teacher and you have to be one of the best Moms out there!  Your children are extremely fortunate. 
By the way, I loved the idea of bringing the snow in the house! 
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   Posted 2/6/2010 5:13 PM (GMT -7)   
aww, thanks Sherrine! That means so much to me ... brings tears to my eyes. Honestly.

I feel like I was born to be the mother of these children, all I ever wanted when I was little was to be a mommy. And every day that I am away from them is so hard. I know oodles of moms work for lots of reasons and they handle it well, but I am still grieving the loss of being a full time mom. I hate the blizzard, but I sure am thankful to be snowed in with my baby!!!

We did have a funny day ... and I am no worse for the wear! YAY!!!!

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   Posted 2/6/2010 5:24 PM (GMT -7)   

Oh, what a fabulous, creative mom!  It sounds like a really fun day, despite Fibro!  I let my 5 year old grand daughter Ella, draw a moustache and a 'beauty mark' on my face with what I thought was one of those 'wash off' markers.  It was the hubby's permanent black marking pen that he uses to grade tests.  The shadow of my moustache (tried nail polish remover and lava soap) was there for about a week.

Hope the blizzard stops soon.  We have had our share of snow also...Central NY right in the snow belt.  Cabin fever...oh yeah!

Lesson learned...move ten miles south.  They hardly have anything.



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   Posted 2/6/2010 5:30 PM (GMT -7)   
I really liked reading this. It seems like it was an ok day. My nephew is five and he is very very energetic. I will have to tell my sister about some of your ideas on keeping her busy. She has a lot of back problems, so I think she would appreciate a lot of these ideas. Until now, I never knew that there was a Snoopy's Encyclopedia of How Your Body Works. I am so amazed that your five year-old daughter is reading on a fourth grade level. That is absolutely amazing. Are there any tricks as to how that happened or is she a genious? I love to read, and I like to read to my son. But most two year-olds don't sit still and listen. Sometimes it seems like I am reading aloud to myself. But, I like reading to my son. I hope that it makes my son want to read. My hubby has a slight learning disorder when it comes to reading, so I am the book worm of the house. I hope it rubs off on my son. LOL. Anyways. It sounds like you had quite a day without it being too overwhelming. Maybe you should write a book.
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   Posted 2/6/2010 6:00 PM (GMT -7)   
She has always been a book worm. Had quite a temper as a baby, but a book would ALWAYS soothe her. We read to her all the time ... not just books, but magazines, road signs, menus, newspapers .... everything. She just started doing it on her own one day and we were shocked!

My sons have learning disabilities with reading/writing .... but not my daughter ... and I did the same things with all three of them.

And Dear GOD >>> what is with Snoopy needing to explain the human body? Yes ... the whole thing ... from "This is a cell ... all of us are made of cells ... there are lots of kinds of cells" .... to human reproduction. Luckily .. no explaination of HOW that happens ... and she didn't ask so I didn't bring it up. whew! crisis averted ... for now.

It was a fun day .... very fun. And relaxing. And she was happy and entertained all the way through. We reheated leftovers for supper ... she and her daddy are playing Wii golf in the other room ... it's time for bed soon. I sure hope we'll have power when we wake up. We have over 2 feet of snow already ... and more is coming! dang!
And Donna ... oh my gosh .. i laughed so hard at your post!!!  I thought I was the only person that did that kind of stuff.  I can just picture you with lava soap ....  soooo funny.  I made DARN SURE these were the WASHABLE markers before they even made it through the front door!  lol

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   Posted 2/6/2010 9:00 PM (GMT -7)   
Love your post! Sounds like you had a lot of fun. How creative you are!

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   Posted 2/7/2010 7:18 AM (GMT -7)   
You really do have a lot of creativity. If you wrote a book about entertaining children through all sorts of senarios, I would buy it. I am glad that it didn't go into exactly HOW babies are made, and I know you must be relieved that she didn't ask. Kids at that age are so curious. You have to be careful or they might start asking very awkward questions. LOL. It sounds like a great day without much strain on you.
Here we only got four inches of snow, but another system is supposed to hit us Tuesday I think. They say we are going to get another 5-8 inches. I hope we don't get that much. I really do hate being stuck in the house. I get cabin fever pretty easily. LOL.
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   Posted 2/7/2010 7:38 AM (GMT -7)   
How creative you are Do-over, I would have never thought to bring snow in the house. idea  Were your parents that creative in entertaining the boys???
I live in central Illinois Sassy and we have been so lucky so far this winter with the snow but we are suppose to get several inches this week too.
I hope the dog is better Do-over???
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   Posted 2/7/2010 7:49 AM (GMT -7)   
THe dog IS a little better! He's not growling anymore ... and not panting so much. His gums are still very pale though.

My parents kept the boys busy with shoveling and plowing ... and yesterday they let them shoot some trees with a shotgun to blast snow from the heavy branches ... oh my! and later they are going to play a little poker with my dad .... we're not REALLY rednecks!

i have a pounding headache today and feel a little nauseated ... i've been in bed most of the morning ... need to get up and get some things done today ... but i'm not in any hurry.
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