There was a day over Christmas break where we were on a bike ride/walk, and Blue asked, "Mom, is it winter?" I could see how being outside in shorts, tees and flip flops and sweating under the blaring sun in December could confuse a kindergartner who is learning about the seasons and has homework assignments such as, "Write three words that rhyme with snow."
I preceded to teach him the Florida seasons: Summer, Hurricane Season and Love bug Season.
That is all.
But this conversation got in my head that we should still have a snow day this year. I even considered surprising the boys one morning with snowflakes all over the house and announcing it was a snow day and they could skip school. Except they're off so dang much as it is... and when I realized that they were getting off both Friday and Monday for MLK we picked today for our snow day and made it our play date theme.
We had four friends join us for snowman picture making, snowman snack making, and a Florida snowball fight. (Shaving cream)
But back up to last night. First we tried a little Borax snowflake experiment. You mix borax with boiling water and leave a snowflake shaped pipe cleaner dipped in. Let it sit over night, and...
We made four and hung them on cabinet knobs.
Then I tried to rope Kaden and Blue into helping me make some snowflakes. Blue made 0. Kaden made about 8. I proceeded to stay up and watched a movie and managed to make 60. 68 snowflakes wasn't quite the winter wonderland I'd hoped for, but I needed to go to bed. My archways still looked pretty.
And then after we made our snowmen, they added to the decor.
Disclaimer: I took the time to cut nice pointy cantaloupe noses this morning, but then when I went to make the faces my noses were gone, presumably stolen and consumed by a certain three or six year old. So... these noses were much more quickly done and not as nice as the first batch.
Then we cleared the table and readied for the next mess: marshmallows, chocolate chips, and pretzel sticks which we gave to the kids and told 'em to put together and make a snowman. I demonstrated how to use the preztles as rods to hold the marshmallows together and then just let 'em play with their food.
Hey look - that's Daddy's head. (Kevin took the day off to finish the landscaping on our other house which will go on the market next week. He was gone all morning by once the snack came out he showed up. Nice, suspicious timing there, Dad.)
Is that shaving cream yummy, Gus?
I guess Blue was the funnest target, because after their cans were emptied, it was Blue who was the biggest mess!
So that's how we do snow days here in sunny south Florida. The weather even complied. We woke up to a 50 degree morning and it was probably only in the mid-60's as we played. Brrrrr!