A (Snow)Day in the Life

Happy Snow Day! There is nothing better than a snow day.  Especially one that kind of came out of nowhere.  I love reading these types of posts on other blogs, and thought it could be a fun way to document a lazy day around our house!

5:00 am: Wake up with alarm, get dressed in gym clothes, and make the bed.  Head downstairs and unload the dishwasher and pack breakfasts/lunches for Norah and I. Let the dog out and realize that it’s snowing.  Like, actually snowing.  Check my phone and see that the federal government and DC Public Schools have a delay and realize that it’s probably not worth driving in the snow to get to the gym for a run and 6am BodyPump class.  I take the clothes out of the wash from last night and put in the dryer.

5:30 am: Put food back in fridge, take contacts out, put pajamas back on, un-make the bed and get back into bed. Mike is definitely on board.

7:30 am: Alarm #2 goes off and I hop in the shower.  While I was dozing, I got a text message saying that River was on a two-hour delay, so I need to be ready to go by 8 to wake Norah up in time to leave for work by 9.  With snowy conditions, I give myself an hour to get to work, and N’s daycare starts at 10.  As I head to the bathroom, we hear Norah stir, which is unusual.  Normally on days that we don’t have to get up for school, she’ll sleep until 8 or 8:30.  Mike goes to play with her and read books while I get ready.

8:00 am: I am ready for work and take Norah from Mike so that he can shower. Norah and I eat breakfast: a big bowl of oatmeal with almond milk, blueberries and peanut butter for me, and a scoop of my oatmeal and a scrambled egg for Norah.  We wash the breakfast dishes and prep food for dinner in the crockpot.  I put a spaghetti squash, a lb of frozen turkey meatballs, and a jar of marinara sauce in the crockpot to cook on low all day, then I load up the car with my work bag and our food.  I take the dry clothes out of the dryer and throw them in my room to fold/sort later.

8:45 am: We head upstairs to get Norah dressed and Mike is ready for work, too.  We decide that it’s best that I give him a ride to the Rosslyn Metro since he left his car at work last night (he went to the Caps/Penguins game with some friends).  I put Norah in an adorable German dress from Nana and Papa and Mike yells, “The River School is closed?!?”  As he was loading his things in the car, he checked his phone (mine was already in the car) and he saw that school had been cancelled.  Woo hoo!! I take Norah out of her pretty dress and into some comfy clothes and Mike heads to work in the Jeep. (P.S. I love how Annabelle is curled up in the rocker behind Mike in Norah’s room!)


9:00 am: Norah spends some time reading her books in her room while I read in the rocker next to her.  I’m currently reading How Eskimos Keep Their Babies Warm: And Other Adventures in Parenting and it’s really interesting.  It’s basically just a bunch of snippets about differing parenting styles from around the world, but an easy book to pick up here or there.  After awhile she gets tired of books so Norah and I go to my room, where I put away some laundry.  She helps by pulling all of the shoes off of my shelf.  We have our first “break” of the day.  Basically, if she gets too silly or has trouble listening, she needs to “take a break” until she’s calmed down and ready to listen.  When I asked her to help clean up the pile of shoes, she giggled and ran away, and was not compliant, so we had to take a break until she was ready to follow directions.  It actually doesn’t take that long (max 1-2 minutes) until she’s ready as long as Mike and I are consistent and nip any misbehaviors right in the bud.  If we lag or give her leeway for anything, she keeps pushing and I swear those breaks take 10 minutes.  I put a new load of laundry in.

10:00 am: We eat snack: apple slices and almond butter.  Norah loves dipping her food into things (hummus, guacamole, ketchup) and she had fun trying to dip her apples into the stiff almond butter.  She eventually gave up and started eating the apple butter with her hands (and got it everywhere in the process!)


We head into the playroom and Norah plays with trains and puzzles while I cuddle with Annabelle and thumb through catalougs on the couch.  Norah can crawl on and off the couch now so she had a lot of fun climbing up and down over and over again.  She started to lay down in the playroom and get increasingly cranky, so I decided to put her down for a morning nap.  We had a busy weekend in Boston, and she didn’t get much sleep Sunday night, so I was wondering if lack of sleep had caught up with her.  I put the laundry in the dryer (thrilling, right?).  As I take out the clothes, I find this in the dryer:  a sticker from the Boston Aquarium and our trip to see Shane and Amanda!


11:00 am: After a fresh diaper, we read Quiet Bunny and Little Owl’s Night and I put Norah down.  I head outside to shovel the driveway, where it becomes immediately clear to me that having a corner lot stinks.  While we only got 2-3 inches last night, there was a layer of thick ice all over our driveway and sidewalks from the weekend snow storm.  Because we were out of town, we were unable to clear our driveway on Saturday.  Then, a warm sunny day on Sunday lead a lot of the snow to melt before an extreme cold front came through, which left a horrible icy mess in our driveway and on our sidewalks.  After about an hour and a half, I’ve cleared the sidewalks and most of the driveway and I’m ready to call it quits.  It’s REALLY hard to break up ice like that.

12:30 pm: I take an Advil and settle in to watch some TV.  Annabelle was watching my progress on the driveway from the window the whole time, and as soon as I came in, she practically sighed to say, “Finally, now we can relax!” and jumped onto the couch.  Right on cue, Norah wakes up!

1:00 pm: Norah and I eat lunch: leftovers from last night’s dinner of pork carnitas, sliced avocado and roasted broccoli.  We talked about what she would be bringing in for snack on Monday and settled on zucchini bread and watermelon 🙂  We did the dishes (which basically consisted of rinsing out the containers from the lunches I packed this morning) and I decided we should get out of the house for a walk.

1:42 pm: I put a harness, snow coat and leash on Annabelle.  I put snow pants, snow boots and an Ergo on myself.  I put a snow bib, snow boots, jacket, hat, and mittens on Norah, then snap her into the Ergo.  I put on my jacket, a hat, gloves and a scarf, and we’re off!

2:00 pm:  The above process took 18 minutes. Literally.  But it’s beautiful out! And we’re immediately hot in all of our layers. I take one of the first selfies of us ever.


2:30 pm: We’re back home and we shake off all of our clothes.  Annabelle immediately retreats to a pillow on the couch and I put Norah down for her afternoon nap.  I’m not convinced she’ll actually take a second nap today, but I figure it can’t hurt to try.  She chatters for a good 30 minutes before falling asleep.

2:45 pm: I head back outside to finish clearing the driveway, and I remember that it still stinks to have a corner lot.  I decide that we’ll always be hiring some teenager to clear our driveway if we ever go out of town again when it snows.

3:30 pm: Back inside and ready to relax!  I settle on the couch with Annabelle and another book, HIIT It!, by Gina Harney.  I doze on and off for about an hour, then I wake up and start to work on this blog post and watch a little bit of The Bachelor from Monday night.  So obsessed.

5:30 pm: Mike’s home!!  He got to leave work early due to the snow.  He immediately heads outside to “finish” my snow shoveling job.  Hrumph. Norah begins to stir.  (That’s right…she took a THREE HOUR afternoon nap.  I guess she was pretty tired!)  I get her out of her crib and we start baking!

6:00 pm: There’s not much to do for dinner because we made everything in the crock pot this morning, so I decide to make a simple gingerbread cake with Norah.  It takes less than 5 minutes to put together, but Norah has fun stirring the batter for at least 10 minutes.

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6:30 pm: We have dinner, which is really yummy. The slow cooker makes the spaghetti squash really tender as the meatballs and marinara sauce cook, so it’s a simple job to scrape out the flesh of the squash and mix with the sauce and meatballs.  We then each have a piece of gingerbread, which Norah proclaims, “Yum, yum, yummy!”  Norah is beginning to learn to drink from an open cup but is still spilling a lot.  Check out that shirt!


Mike plays with Norah with our kitchen magnets while we clean up and then we all head to the playroom together.


7:30 pm: Mike takes Norah upstairs for her bedtime routine and I begin to get ready for tomorrow’s work day.  I pack lunches and breakfast and finish tidying up.

8:15 pm: Mike and I are on the couch catching up on some DVR.  We just finished Downton Abbey (the scandal!) and I’m angling to get him to finish The Bachelor with me before we watch Modern Family and Rehab Addict.  I think we’ll be in bed around 10, ready to do it all again tomorrow!

That was a really long post…thanks for hanging in there! Next day in the life will be a typical work day…so much less details!


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