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Snow Daze

This week a rare and BIG snowfall helped my boys and I make heaps of sweet memories together. Here are the highlights:

On Monday we grabbed our sleds and headed to hills in the park behind our house. We often go long stretches without seeing our neighbors in the wintertime; sharing sleds and smiles with several of them made for an especially nice afternoon.  Also, the jumps on the sled hill were super fun!Sledpanorama

On Tuesday we walked to the grocery store with our sled in tow for hauling our milk, bread and apples back home. When we returned to the spot where we’d left our sled, it was gone. The grocery store is also near the park, so I figured some teenagers snatched it for a joy ride. I ran to the first person I saw– a homeless man who, along with his identical twin brother, works sun up to sun down collecting bottles and cans all over town. I asked if he’d seen anyone go by with a purple sled; he nodded and pointed towards the park. I thanked him and ran on. Next, I stopped and asked a group of teenagers the same question. Yes indeed, they’d just seen the thieves. One of the teens offered to take me to them while the others waited with my kidos. We found the thieves right away: a dad and his two young kids!
The dad claimed the sled had been in the grocery store parking lot for 2 hours (try 20 minutes, carefully placed behind the bike racks, buddy!) and so he figured it didn’t belong to anyone. I told him it belonged to my sons, who were back at the store wondering who would steal a kid’s sled. (Jerk!) I also (strongly) suggested he set a better example for his own kids from now on. I thanked the teenagers and told them to share their good deed with their parents. The homeless twins were gone, but we ran into them a half hour later at another store across the street (cuz’ that’s how long it takes a mom and two big-little boys to cross a street in the snow…). We thanked them with hugs and a $5 bill, and continued on our merry way; smiles and faith in humanity restored!

Boring old errands become super fun on a snow day.

Boring old errands become super fun on a snow day.

On our way home we scored a this huge cardboard box which will soon become either our homemade recycled Christmas tree, or a really big gingerbread house. Stay tuned…

How to make it on a single-mom budget? Teach your kids to dumpster dive with pride!

How to make it on a single-mom budget? Teach your kids to dumpster dive with pride!

On Wednesday night the boys were so tired from another big day of snow and fun with friends, that things got a bit crazy at bedtime.
1. Eliot announced that he wants to add a T to the beginning of his name (making it Teliot) so that his named spelled backwards = toilet.
2. Asa fell asleep on the actual toilet.
3. Prior to crapping out on the crapper, Asa built a magnificent blanket fort in the living room which he (eventually) slept in all night.

Little known fact about Asa's mom: she is a seriously badass blanket fort builder. It took a lot of restraint for her to let this be his project too.

Little known fact about Asa’s mom: she is a seriously badass blanket fort builder. It took a lot of restraint for her to let this be his project too.

On Thursday we visited Asa’s old preschool, had lunch back at the grocery store deli, went to the barber shop for a big-boy haircut, played board games and Mad Libs, and had treats at the frozen yogurt place. It was a truly wonderful week. But around 4:30 p.m. the bubble burst and every sound out of their sweet little mouths felt like razor blades on eyeballs. After tucking them into bed, I fired up the facebook and posted: “Open or closed, I’m dropping my kids off at school in the morning. Who’s with me?” So far we’re at 25 likes and 9 comments.
See ya’ll at school tomorrow!

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