We’ve been enjoying the wonders of nature this weekend as we have had a rather large snowstorm come through. Our family lives in the foothills of the Appalachian Mountains, to the east, and we don’t get too much precipitation of any kind. The mountains usually block a good portion of it. In order to get any significant accumulation, the storm has to come up from the South. Well, this time, it was a doozy! We were snowed in for several days. Thankfully, the power stayed on, and we maintained our heat. I am also pretty thankful that we had enough food to get by. Because we almost never get snow, I didn’t take the warnings too seriously. I didn’t rush out for bread and milk (or coffee or meats or veggies or other foods that would have been helpful to have on hand if I had known we would not be able to leave our house for days). Like I said, it all worked out. Yesterday evening, we were able to get our truck down the treacherous hill that is our only way out and park it in a neighbors driveway- which made for a chilly walk at 4 AM when I had to take Rick to work. With only one vehicle, I am still in charge of taking everyone back and forth. I tell you, nothing will wake you up like trudging up a snowy hillside at four in the morning. I haven’t even had my coffee yet.
It was a fun weekend, though.
Aside from the concerns about power, food, and travel, it was good to have a reason to stay home for once. I went outside and played with my children everyday. We cooked tasty things from scratch (did I mention that I got a beautiful Kitchen Aid mixer for Christmas?), played board games, watched movies and football games, and generally lazed around to our hearts content. It was beautiful. I told Rick that, if we were more prepared (wood stove and lots of food), I could live like that for a long time.
Needless to say, not much homeschooling took place.
I saw all those homeschool moms post on Facebook about their children rushing to finish school before playing in the snow. Maybe I am just getting older (I like to think more experienced), but I am not stressed about that stuff anymore. In fact, I don’t think I ever really was SUPER stressed about homeschooling.
While my homeschooling experience hasn’t been perfect (after all, there are some things I wish I had done), there are some things I am glad I didn’t we didn’t do, like…