Today marked the 21st day of no School in our tiny little West Virginia town. We started out this week with 60 degree weather. The kids jumped on the trampoline after school at Grandma and Papaw’s house in their bare feet and played basketball until it got dark, I found myself sitting on the back porch with a book, and the dogs ran all over the neighborhood. After a brutal winter, we finally saw our first real glimpse of Spring.
As us West Virginian’s know, we can expect the weather to change in no time at all. I posted a picture on my Facebook that said “welcome to the land where you can get sunburn and frostbite in the same week”. No truer words were ever spoken and I am quite sure that the person who pinned that certain quote must live nearby!
Yesterday started out as another sign that spring was just around the corner. Then out of nowhere, the winds started howling, rain poured out of the cloudy sky and within a matter of a few hours Old Man winter looked us all dead in the face and I am certain I heard him laughing as he gave us another dose of winter.
As I scrolled through the many Facebook posts last night, I could feel the tension of my fellow moms as they posted “please God, no more snow days”. I felt their pain.
When the text message arrived this morning talking about yet another school cancelation, I was lying in a cozy hotel bed thinking Here We Go Again. (Hotel room? We are currently living in a hotel thanks to this cruel brutal winter due to frozen pipes that resulted in flooding our house and we are in the process of a renovation.)
Well, this just happened to be the best snow day ever! (coming from a mom who dislikes snow days very much)
The day started out with waffles and hot chocolate for breakfast and it just got better from there. Adam lucked out when his two best bud’s dad called and asked if they could spend the day with us because he had a very busy day at work. And Cat was perfectly content with her Sissy/ Cousins to come over and join in our hotel fun.
How can you not have fun when you have unlimited access to a pool? The kids spent countless hours racing each other from one side of the pool to the other, had belly flop contests, saw who could make the biggest splash with their awkward cannonballs, and Caty beat them all with the perfect “Nestea plunge”. I found a lounge chair that was nearest the sun and spent the day with my books and college homework while soaking in those warm rays. I even took a 15 minute nap until I was attacked by a super soaker, at least they had the courtesy to fill it up with the hot tub water.
We took a break long enough to order pizza and watch Disney Channel, then off for our second round of the pool. For a brief time, I forgot what was going on outside. I forgot that I had to sit in the car this morning for at least 20 minutes and let the ice melt off of my windshield, and I forgot that I had to put my car in 4 wheel drive to pick up the nieces. I even forgot that it was yet another snow day. The laughter and squealing, the frienships that were being made, and even the sun gleaming through the glass walls made me so warm that I almost forgot it was winter at all.
I love to read my good friends Facebook posts, she has been counting down the days to Spring…if I am not mistaken I think we have 7 days left.
I look forward to new life, new beginnings and the promises of Spring. There are many things I have to look forward to in the months ahead, so much that just the thoughts of them all makes me smile. Content doesn’t even describe me. I am almost giddy with excitement to know that winter is almost over….yes, not much longer now and things will be forever changed for the better.
Ecclesiastes 3 says
To everything there is a season, and a time to every purpose under Heaven.
A time to be born and a time to die; a time to plant and a time pluck that which has been planted.
A time to kill and a time to heal; a time to break down, and a time to build up.
A time to weep, and a time to laugh; a time to mourn and a time to dance.
A time to cast away stones, and a time to gather stones together; a time to embrace and a time to refrain from embracing.
A time to get, and a time to lose; a time to keep and a time to cast away.
A time to rend and a time to sew; a time to keep silent and a time to speak.
A time to love and a time to hate; a time of war and a time of peace……
Just “a little while” longer….looks like I have nothing but time and that makes me one happy Momma.