I hear so many people complain that they're going crazy and their kids are going crazy. Mine are antsy, most definitely. They have a lot of extra energy since they can't run around outside like maniacs. However, when we're all home together, they get a lot of that energy out. My kids play. Like in the true sense of the term. Yesterday, we had snow day #6. It was an amazing day. My kids played together for hours. We took a few mini breaks for the library, Target and A Cupcake A Day, but other than that, it was all play. There was no TV. There was no Kindle. They did watch 2 videos on making treehouses in Minecraft, but I don't really count those since it was all of about 5 minutes. They cleaned their rooms, without getting attitude. We also all worked together to bake pumpkin muffins. There was no fighting over who was going to do what. I'm not saying there was no fighting at all yesterday, but it was so minimal that I can barely pinpoint a time they did. And guess what? We didn't do a single thing on the stupid bucket list yesterday.
I have had a very bad attitude this winter. I had forgotten how to have fun with my kids. Thank God for the snow days. The snow days we've had have helped me to remember. The snow days have brought joy back into this house. So what if we don't go skiing or ice skating or tobogganing? We still have fun. We play. Yes, we have done a few things on the bucket list. We've built a snowman. We've also built a snow fort and a snow tunnel. They went sled riding. Best part was I got to stay inside because I let go of worry and let them go off with the neighbor and I didn't hover. Heck, my kids have even been roller skating. It's been around the house, but they don't care! Those are all things we would have done without a list. In fact, until I went back to look at the list this morning, I had forgotten roller skating was even on the list! We didn't need a list. We just needed to remember how to have fun with each other and enjoy each other again. Being cooped up can suck the fun right out of you if you let it. I let it. I am so thankful that I stopped and let the joy back in.