We’ve been fortunate this year.  We made it to the last day of November to get our first “real” snowfall.  You know, the kind that actually stays on the ground (even if it’s just a dusting).

I have to admit that it’s pretty.  This dusting of snow.  A light blanket of white.  Little flakes dancing through the air.  Beautiful.

However, along with the snow comes horrible sleep for C.  Even with two patches on last night, he was up (and wildly so) from 1-4am.  Seriously.  [Sigh]  While, I’m thankful that he went back to sleep and that he seems up and going (as usual) for the day, this mama is a walking zombie.  My brain is in a terrible fog.  My body is aching all over.  My eyes feel like they need toothpicks to stay open.  Yeah.  It’s going to be one of those kind of days.

And this is why I loathe the snow.  And it’s not even officially winter yet.  [sigh]  I guess I’ll just have to sit back with a (MEGA) cup of coffee today and enjoy the beauty of it…

by 9am, the snow was starting to stack up

a view out our basement window -- the snow is 3/4 of the way up!

 I took the pictures when we had about 12 inches on the ground and it was still snowing.  Wow!  I haven’t seen snow like this in a LONG time!

A Snow Day was called by 8:30 last night.  (Thank goodness!)  I love the new automated district-wide phone calling system that can ring everyone’s phone at once and let us know about things like snow days, other emergencies, etc.

However, I have started to notice a strange pattern with Christian so far in this short “snowy” season.  When it starts snowing overnight, he wakes by 3am.  Granted we’ve only had two such nights so far, but it seems like a trend.  (Feeling the change in atmospheric pressure perhaps???)  Because it had been snowing here most of the day yesterday, he just couldn’t go to bed last night.  I tried SO many times to get him to lay down with me, but it was like I was touching a live nerve with him.  He would scream until Olivia woke-up.  I would go to tend to her and he would head back to the basement.  Sigh.  I finally just thought, He’ll eventually fall asleep on his own, so I might as well lay down for awhile.  Mistake.

I was awaken an hour+ later (1am-ish) by Christian asking for movies and pulling at my hand.  As I opened my eyes and rolled over to look at him, I noticed he had no clothes on.  Absolutely not a thing.  I immediately knew what that meant.  Another lesson in humility.  He had it on his hands and feet, so I walked him into the bathroom, pulled back the shower curtain, only to find my lesson hiding in there.  Sigh.  So I carefully carried him to the bathroom off of our bedroom (thankful that we have two bathrooms) and started up the shower, which in turn woke Brian.

Christian in the shower.  In the middle of the night.  Brian knew what that meant.  He got up to see what he could do to help.  Upon walking into the other bathroom, he was bowled over by the smell.  Yes, my husband, the dairy farmer, who is around cow poo all day, just about gagged at the stench.  Thankfully, he powered through by breathing through a towel and helped me clean out the shower while I went to work cleaning the carpet in the living room/hallway where it was tracked.  Nothing beats the romance of doing that kind of cleaning with your husband in the middle of the night.  😉

By then, Christian had been thoroughly soaked, so I toweled him off and put him back into his beloved jammies.  Brian informed Christian that he needed to go to bed.  To which (of course), Christian screamed, “NO!” and ran off to the basement.  Brian turned back in, while I finished sanitizing the tub, less than five minutes later I walked downstairs to find Christian curled up in a ball sleeping on a cushion.  What a relief!

With his snow day, I hope that he sleeps in.  (I also hope that Olivia will sleep in a bit, too!  Mama needs her “beauty” sleep. 😉 )  Time for me to turn back in now, too…

Our state is in a Winter Storm Blizzard Warning.  We are forecasted to get about 9″ of snow between now and tomorrow noon with lots of blowing and drifting snow.  I am hoping for a snow day.

Normally I’m not a big fan of having our rut routine broken by missing days of school, but I am not prepared to shovel out our 100+ foot driveway by 7:15 tomorrow morning for the bus while getting the backpack/lunchbox together and a little man fed, dressed, and bathroomed while helping the princess accomplish her morning demands. 

I just don’t see how I can make that happen without cloning and/or a snowblower.  Without either of those, I will just settle for a snow day.  I stocked up on movies, books, bananas, and snacks, so I’m ready to be stuck in the house for the day.  😉

Olivia is busy building a contraption.  Yep, that’s exactly what she’s calling it.

My hubby gets to attend his very first season Packer game in Green Bay.  For free (minus the cost of gas).

Christian loves to dance, and I love to watch him.

Therapist, WD, brought me a Starbucks drink when she came to work with Christian this afternoon.  Yum!

I got a workout (and tired out Olivia) by shoveling our driveway/sidewalk for an hour+ this morning.  I’m thankful that it was only 3″ of snow.  😉