Friday, January 24, 2014

Snow Days

What a week. The MLK holiday snowstorm led to a closure of Federal offices Tuesday and 2-hr delay on Wednesday. So a 4-day week got compressed into 2.75. And let's not forget to mention the Fairfax county school closures. Schools were closed Monday through Thursday and had a 2-hour delay on Friday. Which, for Kacey, meant that she only got a 90-minute reprieve from our energetic 4-yr-old who would have otherwise been in half-day pre-K for the entire week. As you might have calculated, taking two hours away from an already short schedule means that there's roughly enough time to drop her off, drive home in traffic snarled by iced over roads, brush your teeth, then drive back through the mess for pickup. Fortunately, we also have her enrolled in an after-school enrichment class for cooking that occurs on Fridays, so that kept her busy until mid-afternoon.

On the bright side, we've gotten several opportunities to go sledding. Being Floridians, we normally don't keep a sled in the garage. Instead, Greg improvised and we used one of those rubberized canvas banners that you might see hung on a street lamp advertising a major sporting event (in this case, it was the Head of the Charles regatta from over a decade ago). That worked pretty well, but we thought that cardboard might work also. It didn't. I mean, it did slide down the hill with us on it, but with minimal speed. And how are you going to burnout a week's worth of energy bottled up in a little kid by running up and sliding down a hill without the thrill of speed to motivate them? So, we switched back to the rubberized canvas banner and this was the result:

Exhausted from sledding

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