Monday, March 2, 2009

Moving things around

Our school district calls so early to announce a snow day. Today at 5 a.m after receiving the call, I found three boys staring at me as I pretended to sleep. Snow day mania began in my house. Despite their pleas to go out at 7 a.m., I held my ground and told them that we had to wait until the strong, cold winds settled down. You can imagine the disappointed looks on their faces. I hoped that we would have better weather for snow play in the afternoon. Now we had a whole morning ahead of us. I needed to think of some activity to pass the time before the inevitable battles began. I decided to recruit them to my moving team.

Every once in a while, I will sit in one of the rooms in my house and rearrange things in my head. I don't often get the chance to move things around to change a room's look. This morning seemed like the right time to shake things up in my house a bit. Luckily, my kids also like when I play around with a room's layout. It turned out to be a great exercise in cooperation, creativity, teamwork and brainstorming for the kids. We also had a lot of fun in the process. Each kid felt they had an important role in the new room design. The morning hours flew by, and we found a new way to spend family time together. It's also funny how an old chair can become so popular with the kids once it is in a new spot. They all were competing for a chance to use it as their new TV chair.

It still doesn't look too kid friendly outside for playing in the snow. Luckily, the kids are not glued to the window and watching the clock as much. Maybe I'll put them to work organizing old pictures this afternoon. Won't my husband be surprised when he sees what we've been up to today?

15 comments:

rightonmom said...

I love moving days too! My son thinks sitting on the moving chair is a ride of course. What a great way to build in those lessons. Enjoy the snow daze!

CDB said...

This was a wonderful way to turn things around! Glad it worked out so well. I have hope now, too, that one day my toddler will grow up and HELP me with tasks, instead of working 180 degrees against me!!

Juliet Colors said...

You are such a clever mom!

I love giving a room a fresh new look, and rearranging the things I already have gives me much satisfaction knowing I didn't have to spend any money to do it.

Kim said...

Love it. I'm taking notes for when my son gets older.

Caroline Kent said...

Hello Septembermom, I've been trying to get onto Annie Wickings blog and I can't, do you know why?

Kelly said...

what a great idea and use of time! a snow day! we have had lake effect snow here, but nothing big. we are hoping for mid 50's by Wednesday!

stop by my blog...i'm having a great giveaway for my 100th post...i'd love to have you join in! thanks for being a reader of my blog!

Tanielle said...

Cute blog...I loved the snow days as a kid!!!

dani said...

Hey thanks for dropping by my blog and leaving a note- I am trying to soak in my baby days as they are now- and am excited for the days to come...likes this- snow days- what a blast!

septembermom said...

Thanks to everyone for their nice comments!

Caroline,

You can find Annie's blog at this new address:

http://anniewickingsjourney.blogspot.com/

The Write Girl said...

Hi Septembermom,

Wasn't the weather today insane? I could not believe 10 inches plus in the tri-state area in March no less. Well, I was lucky and I didn't have to go into work today. PS thanks for post on my site. The art expo was a lot of fun. I was fortunate to get tickets. I'm glad you like the artist sites.

Good luck on rearranging everything!

Michelle said...

Kudos to you for finding a good way to keep everyone entertained! I wouldn't have ever thought of that. Bummer on the snow day though.... So no pictures of the new room?

morninglight mama said...

We had a snow day as well today-- I was reminded that I LOVE sledding!

Thanks for stopping over at my blog! :)

Joanne said...

March roared in with ten inches of snow here, too, last night! And with the wind blowing today, it never seemed like it stopped snowing. Like the moving furniture idea, you've inspired me to consider my living room arrangement! Thanks for visiting my blog, I enjoyed browsing here!

Kelly said...

wanted to say thanks for following my blog! you are too kind! i look forward to reading more of your lovely posts in the future too!

Pradeep Bhatt said...

thanks for stopping by and dropping a comment on my blog...
suerly would take notes from you... :) ;)
tc god bless!!!