True confession: the very first thought in my head on Tuesday morning - in the midst of the second blizzard - was 'what's a graceful way around the no TV rule, so I can let them watch all morning?'
My innate obstinance got the better of me, and I refused to crack. I just kept telling myself that we'd gotten this far, and surely it was foolhardy to back down now. But still, the long cold blustery winter days stretched long and dark ahead of me, and I will absolutely cop to feeling many wavering moments. As all of us know, however, you have to hide this ambiguity, because if the children sniff out your doubt, they will surely pounce with great force and furious whining.
So. This is what a snow day without TV looks like in 2010.
Morning spent in Valentines crafting activities : above, our results. Below, our process.
Tea with extra sugar
Shoveling with Dad
Working out with mom
Reading without mom. (Without mom!!!!!!! tear...sniff...)
Nighttime party with neighbors
Jedi with light saber
the house is a wreck, the sink piled high with dishes. But happy tired kids, a dusty television, and a resolution intact. I'll put that in the success column.