Time it takes to find appropriate clothing for two boys on blizzard days:  45 minutes.

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Two boys= 2 sets of underwear, 4 pairs of socks, 2 sets of thermals, 4 shirts, 2 pairs of pants, 1 snowsuit, 1 snowpants, 2 coats, 4 gloves, 2 hats, 2 scarves, 2 pairs of boots, and a partridge in a pear tree.


Amount of time spent putting said clothes on boys: 15 minutes.

Size of snowsuit that you are cramming your nine-year-old into:  6/7.

Time it takes for little one to decide he has to pee after said clothes are in place: 1 minute. Time it takes him to unwrap and actually pee: 5 minutes.

Time spent arguing with eleven-year-old over which pair of gloves he will wear:  3 minutes.

Time spent outside in 24 degree weather: 20 minutes.

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JC and M, adventures in the snow.


Number of times you open the sliding glass door to yell at children: no less than 20. (Do you care? No, because at least you are inside.)

Number of times husband complains that you are letting the cold air in: no less than 20. (Do you care? No, because at least you are inside.)

Number of times you yell at children for throwing snow at each other and dog: no less than 10.

Time spent undressing freezing cold, suddenly starving children: 10 minutes.

Time for various layers of clothing to dry: 2 hours.

Portion of kitchen covered in wet clothing: 50%.

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The Aftermath

Time between stripping children and first cries of “I’m bored” : less than 5 minutes.

Time it takes for parents to pop the cork on the wine as soon as kids hit the sack: 30 seconds.

Here’s to Spring!


14 thoughts on “Snow Day Time Lapse

  1. Here in Canada’s Northwest Territories, this is “a day in the life” for at least six months of the year 🙂


    1. I can’t even imagine! Do you complain about hot, humid days? Do they happen there? When they do, does school get cancelled for a “heat day?”

      Thanks for reading, Natalie! I will check out your site.

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      1. Nope quite the opposite! Our summers are gorgeous for about 2 months of bathing-suit weather with nearly 24 hours of daylight on summer solstice. Mind you, Hay River is one of the southern communities in NWT. Keep going north and there are communities where the snow doesn’t melt 🙂


    1. Do you miss the fun? Maybe this will be one of those things that I look back on and say, “I should have enjoyed that more.”

      Thanks for stopping by, Mary Ann!


      1. I miss the silliness of having a little kid around, though I still enjoy a lot of silliness with my husband and my cat, a tuxedo girl named Ginsberg by a previous owner (after Allan Ginsberg the poet). I think that if I had it to do over again, based on what I know now at age 65, I’d pay more attention to being present in the moment, no matter what was going on in that moment.


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