Snow Day!

As you saw on our Instagram feed, we woke up to a snow surprise on Thursday morning. Maybe it had been in the forecast or on the news and we just missed it, but considering it had been 60-degrees and thunderstorming the day before… well, it was just not what we expected to see out our window.

It was probably only 3-4 inches, but it was beautiful. It was that fluffy snow that gently coats all of the tree branches and it made for a pretty awesome “first time” of seeing our house all covered in white.

Temperatures quickly moved above freezing as the sun rose, so the roads were clear in no time (there weren’t any school delays or cancelled activities for anyone).

Clara was more excited about snow than she’s ever been before (I credit Frozen for that) and she gobbled down her breakfast and was dressed in record time to go outside. Thankfully last year’s hand-me-down snowsuit still fits… sorta.

Once outside, she was like a movie montage of snow activities. There was running and making footprints…

…a brief and very lop-sided snowball fight…

…some snow angel making…

Whatever this is happened too.

Things culminated with the creation of a small snow family (complete with Burger and tiny bun out of the oven – which Mommy is holding). The snow wasn’t actually as good for packing as I thought it would be, so we couldn’t roll anything much bigger than this.

My only regret from the morning is that poor Sherry was inside dealing with morning sickness for most of it (although she did get to peek out on us occasionally).

And let it be known that right now Clara’s only “make a funny face for the camera” is a frown. But it is pretty funny…

Oh and as for our tiny snow family, it became a game to check on them out the living room window. In case you’re wondering who prevailed the longest, I fell off the deck within hours, Sherry stuck around a while, but the final two remaining snow-folks were Clara and Burger, which is pretty funny because they were the smallest, so you’d figure they’d melt away first. Small but mighty…

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“You’ve Got The Write Stuff” Stationery Teacher Gifts

A few folks asked what we gave Clara’s preschool teachers for the holidays, and although there’s a room-mom who’s happy to collect $5 from each kid per teacher and grab a gift card, they always encourage anyone who wants to do something else to go for it. We thought giving them something to unwrap would be a nice supplement to the gift card, but had no idea what we were going to do. Then I saw the cutest gold leather journals in the dollar spot at Target, and a “writing theme” idea was born. Here’s my haul:

The polka-dotted pouch and the journal were both $3 (dang, dollar spot, why you gotta play me like that?) but the stationery and the patterned set of pencils were $1, so each teacher’s gift ended up at $9. Everything except for the pouch came packaged in a clear plastic cover, but unwrapping the cards and re-wrapping them with gold ribbon and freeing the leather journals and pencils from those plastic cases made everything a little cuter.

Then I just slipped it all into the pouch, and voila.

The finishing touch was tossing a little “You’ve got the WRITE stuff!” card into each one. Thanks for the inspiration, New Kids On The Block. Clara even helped me color them. Don’t mind this bad cell phone picture, I was running out the door when I realized I never grabbed a photo of them.

Is anyone else singing “oh oh oh ahhhh ohhhh” now? Don’t forget the sweet dance moves that go with it. What last minute gifts did you guys toss together?

Psst- You can check out last year’s teacher gifts here and peep some quick Valentine’s Day treats that we made for Clara’s classmates here.

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