Despite the terribly low temperatures, the large snowfall we had on Sunday has been just beautiful! We are thankful not to have lost electricity for more than a few hours and so, for the most part, we can enjoy these rare days of being "stuck at home" -- something that I long for at this stage of life.
I designated yesterday as "thank-you note writing day". My plan this year was to list out all the thank you notes and put various activities in a jar to be pulled out after everyone completed a note. That way we got the thank you notes done in one day without too much complaining and we had fun along the way!
Our activities included: baking the cookie dough that was in the fridge, taking down the dining room Christmas tree, un-decorating the bedrooms, reading together, making a winter craft, eating a candy cane, and watching a snow leopard documentary.
We found an adorable penguin craft to make.
The days have been marked almost as much by pots of tea as by hours on the clock. But, I must save most of those pictures for the Tea Trolley later in the week. :)
This morning we woke to colder temperatures -- the house read 56 on the thermostat inside. Poor furnace. It managed to climb to 60 by the afternoon but I expect it won't go much higher for another day or two. But the snow looks marvelous on the houses and yards on the street. It reminds me of life in Vermont when I was a young child. This was the daily norm for much of the winter!
We do have one space heater and here is Polly warming her hands this morning.
Today was my last day "to myself" before school starts up again. I worked on menu planning and other various matters. The kids had to play on their own.
A little lunch was carried up to my reading nook.....
And the "time on their own" proved to be a good thing because the younger boys got busy making armor and dressing Laura and her doll up too.
One of the nice things about snow days is that there is more time to cook. It makes me so happy to feed the family a really well-rounded meal and that, of course, takes time! But, when you are stuck at home there is less time pressure and more time to spend on this!
Well, my electric blanket is already warming and I think the kids and I will take a few minutes to read together before we cozy up for another cold night!!!