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It’s a Messy-Mess

Cleaning up the mess.

Despite our street having been cleared, both Isabelle’s school and the school district I was supposed consult in today are closed. So we are home — for the second day in a row — due to the overnight snowfall.

I was downstairs, with both kids, by 7:15 a.m. because no one sleeps in around here. I asked Isabelle, “What would you like for breakfast?”

“I don’t want breakfast yet,” she replied. “I want to play with Ari.”

I agreed to let them play while I unloaded the dishwasher. She declared, “We need to clean up! It’s a messy-mess in your play room, Ari.”

When I heard that, I took it upon myself to make myself breakfast. Which I ate. Without interruption. Do you know how rare that is?

Now I’m sitting at the kitchen table, looking out of the back window (whose shades Ari insisted on closing despite my attempt to open them) at the snow while sipping my coffee. It may not be the kind of sleep-late snow day I desire, but I will take it.

15 thoughts on “It’s a Messy-Mess

  1. Isn’t that the truth! Snow days ARE so different with small children! It’s not the same kind of break for sure!

      1. I know! I would love to have a snow day all to myself…kind of like wanting to take a maternity leave without a newborn!!

  2. I always looked at snow days with mixed feelings. It was nice to be home during the week, but a snow day meant no rest because I had to shovel the driveway and clean off the cars. Enjoy the day.

  3. My fingers are crossed for a snow day up my way tomorrow! I won’t have little companions though–those days are long gone. I’m glad you got to enjoy a peaceful breakfast with beautiful scenery. I admit to unbridled curiosity: How clean did the playroom get?

    1. It got quite clean. Then Ari messed it up again. This happened twice more and then I had him clean it up with me before dinner time (since Isabelle was over it).

      Hope you get a relaxing snow day, Mollie!

  4. Yes, the moment when you discover that you have some time for yourself – I still remember one summer moment more than twenty years ago when my first two were small and they played by themselves and I could just sit and watch. Short blissful moment. May you have more and more of these as your kids keep each other company.

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