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Well, winter caught up with us and for the last two days, the older boys have been home from school. In some ways, it's been pretty nice. I can homeschool Elf and Emperor and get a little help with littles downstairs. In the afternoons, I can snuzzle on the couch with tiny people and listen to children read or we can watch tv.

It's also that time of year where I have to hear the "Can I go play outside in the snow?" question from little boys who have awful barking coughs and/or "forget" to come inside when their extremities turn bright red or blotchy white and go numb. You know... those little boys who track mucky snow through the whole house and then need a bath/shower and I get to do five more loads of washing. D tells me I was a kid, too, and I need to lay off 'em. He's probably right, but I didn't sweep up my snow trompings when I was a kid, either. The cleaning fairy I had took care of all those things. I wonder whatever happened to her, because she didn't seem to follow me to college. I could REALLY use a cleaning fairy now.

D has been home from work as well; it was that icy outside. He is able to do at least some of his work from home when the situation warrants. From what I have seen, his work entails lining up gibberish into columns, sending instant messages with cartoon characters poking each other in the eye, chatting with people on the phone, and making general announcements to the family when he is about to go to the restroom. I tried to chat with him a few times about needing bread from the store, but he was "at work" then. I wasn't supposed to bug him. Busy.

G insisted on cleaning the cars with the broom and shovelling the driveway. It was way too cold for him to be outside for long. He had to come in several times when he started to get too frozen. It took well over an hour, but he got it done. I kept telling him he really shouldn't. That Dad already said I wasn't going to be allowed to pay him. No, he insisted. But I did buy him a bag of chips at the Stuff Mart (tm) after I was able to get out of the drive. And some shampoo. He was pretty happy.

But I think everyone is starting to drive one another nuts. I know that other homeschooling families live with one another just fine, but everyone else's schedule is just off and it has a big effect on every member of the family. We've packed the lunches for tomorrow because I can't imagine a third snow day in a row. :)


  1. We ARE having another show day tomorrow. 3 in a row... we usually have 3 in a decade. I'm getting worried because we have a snowstorm planned for Friday morning.

  2. I hope it is better tomorrow .... and you can get the man and boys out of the house.

  3. Sounds like a little cabin fever going on there.

  4. Oh my! Even Dad is home?? You must be getting some weather for sure.

    How sweet that G would insist on shoveling the driveway, I hope my sone would be that determined and helpful at that age!

  5. When the groove gets thrown off, things aren't pretty.

    Glad everyone is safe and at least a little productive.


  6. We just got 5 inches of snow last night! I so hate winter! Kids love it.

  7. Oh my gosh, what is UP with those bathroom announcements? My husband works from home full time. I've had to tell him that I participate in enough people's bathroom situations around here, I don't need to know about his.

    Ridiculously, we have actually had big arguements about this.

  8. I'm with Deb. We just don't need to know--you know. Hope the weather eases up soon, but I am just a bit jealous of the snow.

  9. The snow has been horrible. I know i should be all "Ya, snow sucks!" but i really like having no school. It's fun sitting at home all day, playing computer games, messaging friends, ect.. The only thing i don't like is how boring it can get after THREE WHOLE DAYS! I need to mix things up and go somewhere ... oh wait, IT'S TO COLD! haha, i guess i have to go back to computer games and scrambled eggs for breakfast.

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