What do you do when your daughter-in-law is pregnant, overdue, and has home births, which makes it your job to keep the other kids while the baby is being born and there happens to be a HUGE snowstorm starting soon?
Thursday is my usual day of the week to have my 3 young grandchildren over and they normally spend the night and are here for some or most of Friday. We followed our routine this week, expecting at any time for mom to go into labor; the kids would already be here and all would be well with the world. Thursday came and went and by the middle of the afternoon on Friday, nothing….so decision time. Keep the children throughout the soon to start snowstorm in case mom does go into labor, in anticipation of an inability to travel. Which would mean they would be with me until Sunday and since Paul’s job requires that he be on the job during snow storms he wouldn’t be here to help for much of the time. Choosing to err on the side of safety, I chose to keep them here with me.
My eldest son lives in a development nearby that is very difficult to get in and out of when it snows a normal amount much less a record setting storm such as this one was anticipated to be. His wife’s employer pays for her to stay in a motel during such a storm to make sure she can get to work, so he chose to stay here with the kids and I to weather the storm and help with shoveling snow. Included with my son was his 7 week old little puppy.
So the saga is staged: a huge snowstorm lasting from Friday afternoon through Saturday night with blizzard conditions and close to 30 inches of snow predicted, a 5, 3, and 1 year old and a puppy all happily trapped together in one small house!
So what do you do? Well, the best you can of course!!
And the snow starts,
and it keeps snowing,
The kids loved playing with the puppy and the puppy loved playing with the kids and our collie, Gunnar.
The puppy had accidents on the floor, like all puppies do. I mean when you’re only 6 inches tall, would you want to face a snow storm to go outside and do your business?
The kids and I entertained ourselves by making edible peanut butter playdough:
- 1 cup powdered milk
- 1 cup peanut butter
- 1/2 cup honey
- Mix ingredients together well. Store in an airtight container
- 1 cup heavy cream
- 1 marble
- 1 glass jar with lid
- Place the marble in the jar, add the heavy cream and fasten the lid tight. Then shake, shake, shake the jar until butter forms!
and snow ice cream:
- 8 cups fresh snow
- 14 oz can of sweetened evaporated milk
- 1 teaspoon vanilla
- Gather the fresh snow, add the evaporated milk and vanilla. Stir and eat immediately.
We did exercise videos, played games, watched Mickey Mouse, had a movie night complete with popcorn, etc., etc.
And my son shoveled snow and shoveled more snow….
And the snow storm finally came and went leaving us with over 3 feet of snow, cars we can barely find and many fond memories! Oh, and no new baby!