Friday, March 14, 2014

Snow day "activities"

Snow days with 2 little boys can be quite the challenge.  Especially this time of the year when the weather makes us think that spring is just around the corner...and then BOOM, here comes a foot of snow!!!

Nathan tends to go a little stir crazy cooped up in our house all day.  And now that his brother is around and demanding to nurse every 2-3 hours, coming up with "fun" activities is imperative to everyone's sanity.

Please note, these are  not your typical mommy-blogger ideas with tons of DIY crafts and pinterest-worthy pictures.  This is real life.

So, here are some ideas based on our snow day:

1. Allow the toddler to help you make cookies.  I will warn you however, toddlers lack the finesse it takes to maneuver around the kitchen, so there will be mess.  And lots of it.  So, if you're like my husband who cringes at the sight of any unnecessary spills, you may want to jump to #5.

2. Take advantage of the fact that you're stranded inside and practice potty training.  This one obviously will only apply if you have an almost 3 year old still in diapers.  Luckily, he's been doing A-Mazing and is 90% trained (more on that topic later).  This activity will in turn produce another snow-day-worthy activity....taking pictures of your toddler modeling his new "big boy undies".

3. Trick your toddler into thinking that cleaning the house is  Here's the thing about 2 & 3 year olds...they only want to do what they feel like they're not allowed to do.  So, you need to make them think that they are too young to clean the floors and then, VOILA, they're on their hands and knees faster than...well, I'll just go ahead and stop right there......

4. Find the nearest gym in your area that has a daycare center.  This one is a win-win for everyone.  The toddler can burn off some of that built-up energy, the infant doesn't need to leave his carseat (and doesn't really know what's going on anyways), and you get to burn off those 4 cookies you ate earlier extra calories. #sorrynotsorry

5.  Finish the day with a little bubbly / wine / beer / alcohol / whatever-helps-you-get-through-the-day-with-2-kiddies drink.  And then cross your fingers that spring will be here tomorrow and you will actually be able to leave the house again.  Oh, and enjoy another cookie. Again, #sorrynotsorry

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