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Comment Archives: stories: News: Suburban Turmoil

Re: “Extended snowcation is a blast — except for the extended part

I live in WI and so far we have had ZERO snow days. We've had snow - we've had bitter cold (-12 this morning) but no snow days. I guess the variables are a bit tighter up here! Closing for days on end is unheard of here though and heck - if the plow gets through ONCE - everyone is good to go!

Bren - http://lifeinmaggiesworld.blogspot.com

Posted by Bren on 01/21/2011 at 1:40 PM

Re: “Extended snowcation is a blast — except for the extended part

I clicked over here while writing on deadline and trying to entertainment my children during our SNOW DAY (#3 for the year, with 3 additional delays and 2 holidays). All I can say to your column is Amen, sister! But I think my 3 year old is napping (fingers crossed) and my 7 year old is quietly playing Wii Resort, so I guess I better get back to work. http://jacoblawrencenewman.blogspot.com/

Posted by knewman on 01/21/2011 at 12:27 PM

Re: “Extended snowcation is a blast — except for the extended part

i would totally offer to drive in anyone who couldnt just to avoid yet another snow day. my fix to it? i went into work anyway...because the thought of being held up in the the 900 square foot apartment with my knitting was going to send me over the edge...

Posted by jnyfritz on 01/21/2011 at 10:46 AM

Re: “Extended snowcation is a blast — except for the extended part

My kids aren't even asking to go outside today- They're sick of the snow! I don't see a single kid outside playing, and our neighborhood is filled with kids.

And I'll admit that preschool is what's bothering me about this scenario most of all. I just signed Bruiser up for 3 day per week preschool this month. So far with the snow days and holidays, he's been a total of THREE TIMES. And we don't get money back for the missed days. I can't even let myself think about how frustrating this is.

Posted by Lindsay on 01/21/2011 at 10:10 AM

Re: “Extended snowcation is a blast — except for the extended part

I had JUST put up a facebook status about this very thing. We are in WV and while I definitely agree with the kids fighting, boredom, and just aggravation, my main beef now is that they're losing instruction days! We're in WV and today is snow day #11 for us. I feel like I'm homeschooling with all the online assignments and snow day packets they send home. UGH!!
http://weightimlosingit.blogspot.com/

Posted by kathynboys on 01/21/2011 at 10:05 AM

Re: “Extended snowcation is a blast — except for the extended part

Heck, I don't have kids, yet even I go stir crazy during those very rare times when we have more than one day off due to snow (Wisconsin here - we're tough, but mostly we have more snow removal equipment than y'all).

Does the school have to make up the missed days? It may be time for the parents to descend on the school board en masse with a more realistic plan for snow events. No reason to keep everyone home if the roads are mostly good.

http://www.quiltbabe8.blogspot.com

Posted by quiltbabe8 on 01/21/2011 at 9:53 AM

Re: “Extended snowcation is a blast — except for the extended part

so funny! i feel you! we did go one day last week & it was the ONLY day i got anything done!! today, all my plans are shattered & it's too darn cold to go outside & play in it!! www.chesleysummarphotography.com

Posted by chesley on 01/21/2011 at 9:46 AM

Re: “Extended snowcation is a blast — except for the extended part

In South Texas we don't have snow days. We have Hurricane days. Either way, it's the same result. I have 3 little boys, and I feel your pain!

I am not a SAHM, and I will sell a kidney if I have to to avoid ever being a SAHM. I love my children lots and lots. Mostly when we've all had a productive day at school and work. My favoite saying of ALL TIME is "Thank God It's Monday!"

Spring will come again. Don't go all Shining on anyone 'kay?


Mary -- www.giftoffat.com

Posted by Mary A on 01/21/2011 at 9:32 AM

Re: “Extended snowcation is a blast — except for the extended part

I AGREE!!!!!! I don't mind the kids getting a break every now and again. But what about us parent's that have to work? Daycare closes when the school closes. So what to do? I understand that there are rural parts of the county that may not be safe for buses but must you punish the masses? I agree if you can make it come on to school or let buses run on snow routes. Once again thanks for giving us desperate housewives a voice.


http://haleysx4.blogspot.com/

Posted by hhaley on 01/21/2011 at 9:29 AM

Re: “Extended snowcation is a blast — except for the extended part

I LOVE this! I don't even have kids in school yet and I feel ya! Mine are 4 and 5 and they NEED to play outside a LOT. Or, I will go crazy! I love the first day of snow too, but then I like to get back to normal!
Lenette
http://thesparacinofamily.blogspot.com

Posted by Lenette on 01/21/2011 at 9:17 AM

Re: “Nearly every year during the holidays, someone in our house makes the mistake of buying a Family Game

I love game nights when I was growing up-now, however, I'm limited to Hi Ho Cherrio, Chutes and Ladders and CandyLand. Can't wait for more stimulating stuff. Hopefully by then, my daughter will learn how to lose without throwing a fit.

Posted by jules on 01/11/2011 at 8:12 PM

Re: “Nearly every year during the holidays, someone in our house makes the mistake of buying a Family Game

I am way more competitive than I should be and game time never ends well for me. I have thrown a pack of cards. I have hidden needed pieces... I love to win. However, funnily enough, a group of my friends and I played book lovers trivia one night after severe drinking had commenced, and while normally I would have lost, I dominiated. Apparently drinking leads to intelligence for me. who knew?
www.mayorofthebux.com

Posted by mayorofthebux.com on 01/10/2011 at 11:28 AM

Re: “Nearly every year during the holidays, someone in our house makes the mistake of buying a Family Game

I will never forget playing "Scene it" with a bunch of friends. I am apparently a trivia savant, something entirely useless in real life. As the night wore on, people got more annoyed and I got more smug. It ended with me getting a pitcher of rum punch dumped over my arrogant head. I had it coming, forsure, but I smelled like Malibu for a least a week. :)

www.itcouldabeenworse.blogspot.com

Posted by bellasaid32 on 01/09/2011 at 7:50 PM

Re: “Nearly every year during the holidays, someone in our house makes the mistake of buying a Family Game

DH and I learned our first week of marriage that game night was a bad idea if we wanted to REMAIN married. I'm too competitive and he's too experienced at games that I've never even heard of but he spent hours playing as a kid (strategy games). I fully believed that he should give me a break while playing Risk because I was his new, sweet little wife (who is not a strategic thinker). He believed he should wipe the board with my face (metaphorically speaking). It lasted about 2 hours and ended in tears. Now we play cooperatively! It's the only way he can sleep without worries of an icepick to the temple. ;)

Posted by aricate on 01/09/2011 at 4:49 PM

Re: “Nearly every year during the holidays, someone in our house makes the mistake of buying a Family Game

I forgot to leave my website: www.giftoffat.com. And there is a snowstorm of monopoly money in my living room right now. I am hating Milton Bradley.

Posted by Mary A on 01/09/2011 at 1:04 PM

Re: “Nearly every year during the holidays, someone in our house makes the mistake of buying a Family Game

Sooooooooooo funny and very reflective of our family. And if there's a game of Skipbo going on where you can CHOOSE to skip your spouse every time...well, someone is destined to sleep on the couch. (*ahem* him.) www.surroundedbypenises.blogspot.com

Posted by Kate on 01/09/2011 at 12:19 PM

Re: “Nearly every year during the holidays, someone in our house makes the mistake of buying a Family Game

This is too funny. My family LOVED Scattergories when I was younger. It's too bad my kids are too young to play it. My 7-year-old got "Life" for Christmas (UGH) and wants to play it every.bloody.day. At least we're moving on from Chutes n'Ladders though.
http://plzdontcallmeangie.blogspot.com/

Posted by nightowlang on 01/09/2011 at 1:59 AM

Re: “Nearly every year during the holidays, someone in our house makes the mistake of buying a Family Game

My favorite Family Game Night was a game of Catchphrase played one Christmas with all our siblings and parents. It was my husband's turn and he only gave one clue, repeated over and over, louder and louder: "You throw this at weddings!" Guesses included rice, birdseed, bubbles, and then the buzzer went off and he stood up and shouted, "It's CONFETTI, you morons!" There was a quiet pause, and then we all fell on the floor laughing hysterically. We can no longer play any game as a family without at least one person shouting that phrase.

Posted by Lar on 01/08/2011 at 3:10 PM

Re: “Nearly every year during the holidays, someone in our house makes the mistake of buying a Family Game

Don't even get my husband started on the difference between "Pen" and "pin". I found out in a game of Taboo 15 years ago that they are NOT homophones! Anytime we play games now we talk about that dreadful night. http://weightimlosingit.blogspot.com/

Posted by kathynboys on 01/08/2011 at 2:51 PM

Re: “Nearly every year during the holidays, someone in our house makes the mistake of buying a Family Game

My biggest problem with board games is the tiny little pieces that hurt so violently when stepped on with bare feet. Obviously, Monopoly houses and hotels are some of the worst offenders, but those smiling gingerbread men from Candy Land hurt like a bugger, and the bones from Operation find their way into shoes at the most inopportune times.

Posted by Mary A on 01/08/2011 at 1:07 PM

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