Maximum fun in the white.

(Side note: for lack of a better idea, this post is sprinkled with random photos from snow days of years past. ) 

A very adorable little man enjoying the snow. 

      The winter ended with a perfect little cold spell and a snow day. I feel absolutely privileged to live in a place where we enjoy each season moderately. Nothing too far above 100 degrees in the summertime. Nothing too far below 25 degrees in the winter. Humid, but not too humid. Snow, but only for a day or two. We really are lucky. And then we receive spring and fall in all their glory. Wow. I think our earth positioning is pretty much perfect.

  We may be former Californians, but my family knows how to deal with snow. There are a lot of fun things to do, and some things that don’t really work. Humor me:

What not to do: 

Snow Angels. I never quite understood these guys, maybe that is why I am not a big advocate. Or maybe it is because I don’t know how to do it properly. Listen, falling into the snow and waving your hands up and down a couple times is not really worth it. Even when you do create a perfect imprint ( which rarely happens since getting off the ground without ruining your masterpiece is an art in its own right ). Don’t believe the cartoon movies. I usually end up feeling frozen and fat. 
“Lets get together, yeah yeah yeah.”
Mean Pranks. Another thing the movies glorify? Snow balls straight in the face, stolen shoes after ice skating, and piles of snow stuffed into jacket caps. Sure it looks funny, but the movies don’t tell you about how cold it is. Sure, it sparks revenge in the form of massive snow ball fights. But it isn’t fun. So fight it out, throw those surprise balls, but be sensible and play nice. 
What to do: 

One of the most ideal places for a snowball fight: an overgrown forest in our backyard.

Snowball fights: I mean legit ones. Don’t content yourself with throwing a couple hard bombs at some random sibling and before calling it a day. Make teams, make specific rules, create bases and battle plans. Hostages, point systems, whatever you need. There are times when lots of complicated rules make things confusing and boring, and other times when they make it really really fun. This is the later case. Don’t waste time thinking them up in the snow, create them before hand and amend as needed. If you need a starter plan, just ask me. We know how to snowball fight. 
Every snow game is more fun with a friend. 

Snowmen (IN GROUPS):  If there is a LOT of snow ( one or two inches really isn’t enough ), you can make a snowman. It is a fun group project. Don’t try to make a snowman by yourself. It is a much larger project then it first appears. It can be fun to decorate, design, roll, and trim as a team. But if you try it by yourself, unless your some kind of an ice master sculpture-er, it isn’t gonna be that great. 
Hot Chocolate, Fireplaces, and other traditions: The best part about playing in the snow is coming inside. Really. You’ve never felt comfort until your warming your pink toes by the fireplace, sipping hot drinks, and laughingly remembering the adventures of the day. Start traditions. Cold toes and warm fire just scream for a little sentimental observance. Watch an old family movie, play a favorite family game, or bake some gingerbread. Snow is about bringing us together as a family, that sounds dramatic but it is true. 
So, what is your absolute favorite way to use up a snow day?

Author: Susanna

I'm Susanna, a 20-year-old Christian girl incorrigibly addicted spontaneous adventures. My first dream was to become a pioneer. Unfortunately, I was born a couple centuries late, so I've decided to read, cook, run, and travel the world until my time machine is finished. You'll mostly likely find me getting into trouble and/or eating licorice. I am currently blogging the misadventures of a middle-school teacher in training. Come join me on my quest to become the next Ms. Frizzle!

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