If you don’t live in Iowa, the one thing I’m sure you’ll probably never miss out on is our weather. Don’t get me wrong: I am a tried and true Iowa farm girl. I completely appreciate the importance of humidity to growing crops and feet of snow to water table levels. I’m not complaining, but it is -pretty much- a fact that nobody lives here for the weather.
For example: On Sunday, it was 50 degrees outside. Downright muggy for February! Today? Our world was coated with layers of ice and all the schools in the area were cancelled.
As most parents know, snow days (or an ICE DAY in today’s instance) can be fun, but they can also be impossible. All these kids crammed in our close quarters and me with a list of calls to make and work to get done….it is hardly a recipe for success at ALL.
As a survival mechanism, I have become very good at driving in wintry conditions. Today, we went to the gym.
Side note: I love our gym. It has the most amazing amenities: top-of-the-line equipment and tons of space, a cafe with wifi, a spa, waterpark-like pool and kids activities galore. I easily spend 20 hours a week there between workouts and working. A big part of keeping my productivity level high!
Also, the kids are learning to make paper airplanes there (#lifeskills).
Of course, we eventually came home and, went straight for technology. Our house is freezing (it doesn’t handle wind well because, well, it is a horse barn). JJ managed to stay pretty toasty during his lunch break, though.
Any guesses how long this seemingly-innocent “foot war” went on before there was crying and tattling from the big 2? Yeah….about 10 seconds after I took this photo.
(And -yes- that is an Easter dress she is wearing. Bristol begged and pleaded for that dress from Costco last week. She has literally worn it every single day since. I freaking love her!)
Myself? Well, thank goodness Starbucks doesn’t close for ice. Have laptop and caffeine: will be productive! I am an iced coffee addict (and I wonder why I’m cold all the time?)
And while it’s tempting to look at how little I get done during days like these, it is much more fun to remind myself of the awesome parts like:
Sleeping in past 4:15.
Drinking more coffee.
Writing this blog post.
More time with the best people on the planet.