We prepared for the snow storm by buying a lot of food and inviting my sister and her husband and daughter to come get snowed in with us. Others of you had the foresight to buy sleds and snowboots and snow pants. Ugh. I should have done that. Instead my 8 year old went out in rain boots and leggings which resulted in a great deal of wailing and gnashing of teeth and rubbing of frozen toes and legs in the bathtub. But did I mention the corned beef and root vegetable hash with poached eggs and hollandaise? That’s where my storm prep head went: time for cooking!
Having company over to get snowed in with us was an excellent scheme as it resulted in board games and playmates. We invited Kent to play Catan with us, but with a hunted look in his eyes, he declined and very slowly backed away from the gaming table without making any sudden moves. He has witnessed the slamming and throwing and storming out that have sometimes happened when more than one Craw sits down at a boardgame together. But we were super civilized this time! Not even foul language! It was also nice to have my BIL here to help with some of the snow shoveling. I did most of it though, and then instantly replaced every calorie burned with hot chocolate and baked goods. Easy come, easy go.
Kent was pulled apart limb from limb by the kids over this vacation. It is hard for me to work from home, but it is near impossible for Kent. These kids want a piece of him so badly. I finally got the giant fort he built with them and the rest of the disaster of a basement all cleaned up so the cleaning crew could vacuum.
That exercise convinced me even more that it is time to give away childish things. I can’t wait to gift all our potty training/poop books to my sister’s 2 year old. And half my kids toys. I think some magical fairies are going to come in the night some time soon and abscond with a whole lot of wood and plastic. Okay enough talk about work. Let’s get another look at that food.