Snow Day!!! Whoo hoo!! We love snow days in this house! I'm not the mom who is upset because my kid is missing school or because it's more time I have to entertain my kids. I embrace snow days. This snow day a little different because there wasn't actually snow. There was ice. Playing outside wasn't an option. Going someplace wasn't an option. I, of course, made a list of things that I thought we should do on our day off. My list didn't get done, but it didn't matter. It was all fun stuff. First thing both kids did was grab a book! They spent a good portion of the day curled up reading. We made some chapstick and some lotion bars. We did some electricity experiments. We polished nails. We played a little Minecraft. We baked some almond cressents. Mostly, though, we enjoyed being together! We had a relaxing, fun day off!
Yesterday was the coldest day of the year so far, plus it was a day off of school. I actually started the day off by sleeping in! I rarely sleep in when Husband has to work, but I slept in until 7! It was wonderful! After pouring my coffee and seeing that it was only 4 degrees out, I made some caramel rolls for the kids for breakfast. Just because it's yucky outside does not mean it has to be yucky inside! In true Rock Family Style, we did not spend the day watching TV or playing video games. That's just not us. We did do a little of that, our day mostly consisted of imaginations. I love that about my kids. They can use their imaginations all day and be perfectly happy! Most of the day was spent in the fort they built. Forts are a winter must around here. While the kids were happy, I took some time to paint sayings above doorways in the house. I really wanted to use stencils, but the kids didn't want to wait and go out and buy stencils. They were pleased with how they came out, so I guess I'm happy, too! Baking cookies a requirement on cold days, so I made a batch of chocolate chip while the kids continued to play in the fort.
Around lunchtime, a friend of Sunshine's came over. As I was getting ready for lunch, I realized that all the chairs were being used in the fort and we had nowhere to sit. I moved the dining room table, grabbed a blanket, threw it down, and we picnicked! Kids thought it was great! After lunch, we did some hair and nails. I really wish I would have gotten pictures of the hair because it turned out great. Both girls have very fine hair and I did two different kinds of buns for dance. For the nails, Sunshine's friend opted for glow in dark pink with pandas on one hand and penguins on the other. Sunshine opted for purple backgrounds with cupcakes. They turned out pretty darned cute!
While the girls played, Monster helped me around the house. He was such a fantastic helper. I ended up getting more accomplished yesterday than I had anticipated because he helped out so much. By the time Husband came home, the fort was put away, Barbies were cleaned up, and you could barely tell that there were three kids home all day.
Since I had Bunco last night and Sunshine had ballet, dinner had to be something quick. Since Sunshine is my picky eater, I gave her the option of what to bread the chicken fingers in. She voted for taco chicken tenders. OK, so really she voted for chicken covered in tortilla chips, but the recipe is taco chicken. Had I used the word "taco", she never would have gone for it. After I got the girls off to dance, I came home and started the chicken. It was definitely not something I would have ever thought she was like, but I gave it a shot anyway. When she got home and saw the chicken, first thing she said was, "Those look so good!", which, if you know my daughter, you know is not a normal reaction to any dinner food other than pizza. She loved them, or at least she said she did and ate them. Either way, I take that as a win! And speaking of wins, since I know every one was on the edge of their seats, I actually won at Bunco last night. Most Buncos! Whoo hoo! I don't think I've won in over a year!
All and all, yesterday was amazing. I miss days like that. They are too few and far between. So much of our time is rushed. I love days off school. I can't wait for the next one!
The weather here has finally warmed up. It has been above freezing for about a week now. It's amazing what even 34 degrees (F) does for the soul when you've been in the negatives for so long!
First day that was above freezing Sunshine and I decided to do fun nails to hopefully hurry Spring along. I did hers like watermelons and she did mine like Frankenstein.
We also got on a grilling kick since we could go outside and grill without icicles hanging off the grill as we were cooking. I decided to try Greek Grilled Chicken. I was not impressed. You could barely taste the seasoning. In fact, it tasted so plain that Husband and I dipped ours in BBQ sauce. The kids were not fans either. So, another chicken recipe bites the dust.
Also, in the spirit of Spring being right around around the corner, we made Easter treats for our friends. These bunnies are cute and so easy to make! Kinetic sand was probably a little too thick to fit in these, but we made it work!
And we couldn't forget trying to catch those wee Irishmen! We didn't get one this year, but he did spring one of the traps and left glitter all over the house!
We're in for another cold snap, but the thaw has really helped brighten our moods! We have hope that this winter will, in fact, come to an end!
I've said it before, I can't stand Valentine's Day. This year, I found myself Room Parent for my least favorite holiday (oh, who am I kidding, I don't like any holidays). Since I was in charge and there is literally almost zero parent participation in Monster's class, I got to plan what I wanted for this call party. I decided to take this "holiday" and turn it into doing something nice for others in the community. There is an Alzheimer's care facility located in town, so I gave them a call and asked them if they would be interested in receiving decorations made by the students. They were very happy to have us think of them. At the party, I explained how Valentine's Day was not just about showing loved ones you care, but showing everyone you care. I also explained how it's nice to give back to the community. Totally went over most of their heads (I blame selfish parents who don't teach their children to be giving for that), but they all participated and seemed to have a good time. Here is what the class made (this one is Sunshine's because she couldn't be left out of the fun).
We also made some cute Valentine's for Sunshine's class. I've been wanting to do this since Monster was in Kindergarten, but could never find bouncy balls around Valentine's Day. So, this summer when I saw bouncy balls, I bought them! Funny part is that I searched for the balls for a week before Valentine's Day. Just when I thought I was going to have to buy her Valentine's, I decided to check her closet one more time. Found them!
I found this cute idea on Pinterest for the teacher Valentine's. Here's the secret....if soap had not been on sale at Target for $0.81, I probably would not have done these since there are 3 teachers in Sunshine's class. With all the germs that have been going around the kids' school, I thought this was a smart idea.
A Valentine party would not be complete without nails done. Nothing says Valentine's Day more than...pandas? Hey, it's Sunshine picked out. She decided to forgo the hearts and pink for once and go with cute little pandas. I think it actually had more to do with the fact the we had been reading some great nonfiction about pandas.