Adventures in Fatherhood #2 | Snow Day

Ice and sleet in north Texas equals Snow Day! Of course a snow day with an almost toddler is a bit different than what I remember before I had a family. But that’s OK. Those days of lazy days off were fun, but these days are far better (even if more tiring). Taking a cue from my post “Why Vacations Are Important,” I decided to use my Snow Day as mini-vacation time to rest, reflect, and realign. These are my conclusions as the dad of an almost toddler:

Snow Day Survival Tips: The Almost Toddler Edition

  1. Figure out how to keep things organized. It’s amazing how clutter multiplies on a snow day, which also happens to be the day our crawler wanted to explore everywhere.
  2. Use the Spanish settings on toys. There’s only so many times you can hear the ABC song in English.
  3. Nap when they nap. It’s your only chance.
  4. Double bag those diapers! If you can’t get the trash to the bins, think ahead.
  5. Double your time estimates for activities. I expected we would be productive. I did not expect Miss E to be clingy due to some teething.
  6. Sync expectations with your housemates. My expectations were fun projects. Mrs. Jones’ were school related. Miss E thought I was her personal trainer (more like she was mine). We came to an agreement pretty quickly; Miss E doesn’t give us much time to waffle on decisions.
  7. Have fun. Miss E and I rolled and played and danced between naps and meals. Mrs. Jones even got a paragraph or two written.
  8. Don’t worry about actually going outside. If it happens, it happens. If it doesn’t, it doesn’t. What’s the point of an unexpected day off if you get stressed out over seizing or not? Personally, I very quickly decided stealing snatches of sleep and enjoying a good book as I could was what I could enjoy most. As for Miss E, showing how the sidewalk was iced over didn’t seem worth the fuss of making her look like Randy from A Christmas Story.
  9. We never made it to day two or more, so I wish I could say we would have activities, but hey with an almost toddler, reading books, playing with toys, and netflixing Daniel Tiger’s Neighborhood was as far as I got in the activity department. The rest of the time was spent cuddling, dancing, crawling, eating, cruising, and generally going from one place to the next as quickly as possible.
  10. Keep that laundry going. You never know when the power’s going out. Fortunately, it never did where we live.

Family time is the most important priority in my schedule aside from time for prayer and communion with God. I am grateful for any extra time I get to spend with Mrs. J and Miss E, even if it stresses my introversion a little. It’s worth it. I wouldn’t want to be anything other than a family man.

Ice and sleet in North Texas. Doesn't look like much, but it pretty much shuts everything down.

Ice and sleet in North Texas. Doesn’t look like much, but it pretty much shuts everything down.

I've never been a good baker. I'm a little too on the improv side of things in the kitchen. I thought I'd try again -- improve a skill on my day off.

I’ve never been a good baker. I’m a little too on the improv side of things in the kitchen. I thought I’d try again — improve a skill on my day off.

Feeling good from my bread loaves success, I went for biscuits.

Feeling good from my bread loaves success, I went for biscuits.

Miss E and I calling grandparents on Skype.

Miss E and I calling grandparents on Skype.

 

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