snow(ish) day

When I opened my eyes yesterday morning I could see the shiny whiteness peeping in through the curtains. Snow! It wasn’t much, but it was snow. Snow means a snow day and, buddy, we lived it up!

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We started the day off right with some pop-up pancakes topped with berries and syrup (you should try these).

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Crazytown was begging to go out, so I put Sweetboy down for a nap and dug out the long-johns. Last year she would not even touch snow and freaked out when it got on her shoes. I’m so glad that phase is over! When we stepped onto the porch she said, “It’s so beautiful today. It’s really pretty!”

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We made a (sad) snowman named Trotro, smashed snowballs on the sidewalk, and talked about what we would do when we got back inside. Our hands were cold.

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So we snuggled on the couch, watched Sesame Street, and ate cookies. Yay!

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We also had tea parties, colored pictures, took naps, ran around like crazy people, and played dress-up, per usual. The afternoon highlight for Crazytown was a bubble bath, always fun. We ended our fun day with a very brief Skype call with a good friend, a pumpkin smoothie (recipe below), and a little vacuuming (special treat in Crazytown’s world).

Lately we’ve been doing lots of naptimes and bedtimes together, piling into the “big bed” and reading books together. That’s my highlight of the day, snowy or not. It is such a blessing to me to cuddle up with my two little thumb-suckers in their sleepsacks, feel their warm little bodies relax (hopefully), and finish out the day peacefully. Thankfully, there’s not too much angst around here, but no matter what we make a point to have a happy bedtime. No one likes to go to sleep feeling out of sorts. A good story, a prayer, and a few rounds of “Jesus Loves Me” go a long way.

I keep forgetting to measure the smoothie ingredients, but here’s my best guess:
1 frozen banana
1 cup pumpkin puree (make your own!)
1-2 cups almond milk (or any other milk)
1 teaspoon pumpkin pie spice
1 tablespoon real maple syrup, optional (good either way, but the syrup makes it extra tasty)

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