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December 16, 2008

Hello Snow.


6am and the school district website says “no school.”

“Hey Simon, guess what?”

“What?” he asked in that sleepy morning voice while still snuggled under the covers.

“You don’t have school today.”

“Isn’t it Monday? No school on Monday?” he sat up quickly, super interested at this new development.

“Go look outside.”

He scampered over to the window and peeked through the blinds. He sees it. Just about 4 inches of it. There is one of those great squeals of delight that come only from the realization that it is indeed a snow day.

And oh how I know those feelings. I remember them all too well. I also woke up about three times last night to check and see if it was really sticking and then had a hard time going back to sleep because I was getting way too excited. Snow is infrequent around here so when it comes it is cause for a big celebration if you are a kid or one of those grown-up kids who loves snow.

Simon spent the first bit of the morning watching cartoons before finally pulling out the snow gear – including snow pants that are just a touch too tight but definitely wearable. Long underwear, socks, turtleneck, snow pants, fleece, snow coat, snow mittens, snow boots and a good hat. An amazing amount of excitement was found in the simple actions of getting dressed.

I did a lot of watching Simon play with the neighbor kids in the snow today. He is finally to the point where he can be outside on his own without one of us outside as well. I still sit in the window and watch while reading or working on my laptop.

He is growing more and more independent all the time.

Many times in the past he has done lots of running back and forth while playing outside to tell me many little important things – updates on what the kids are doing, who said what, etc. Today he stayed longer and played more; coming back only to show me an icicle or when I called out to him to come home for a snack.

It’s in those quiet moments sitting at the window watching when I can really see how much he has grown. It is so cool to see him interested in the other kids, wanting to play with them and be part of the larger neighborhood experience. I love that.


December Daily post coming later today.


  • 1.
    Natalie said…

    I’m so jealous!!! :)

  • 2.
    Sandy said…

    So happy you got snow and so happy for Simon. It’s great that he’s venturing out and making friends. I’m so excited for you all. What a great step for him. How proud you must be watching through that window. Hope you have a great day.

    • ….
      Cady said…

      Great common sense here. Wish I’d thhgout of that.

  • 3.
    Aseel said…

    No snow here in London but loved hearing about Simon’s adventures this morning! Thanks for sharing as always Ali.
    Quick question: do you use the Stayz on inks with your stamps (ie on photos)? I am reluctant as I read that it spoils the stamps, would appreciate your view. Thanks!
    Have a great day :)

  • 4.

    I’m so happy for you and simon. For a few years now, I’ve been following your story, as it SO closely matches our own. My son Zachary was (finally) diagnosed with Asperger’s Syndrome last year. He has a “buddy” system at school recess now, and it is amazing to hear about him playing tag with the kids on the playground. I never thought I would see it. Friendships are a beautiful thing!

  • 5.

    We are the same way – VERY excited when it snows!!! The youngest in our household is 24, so it doesn’t go away – and my husband and I get just as excited as our son. Here in Texas, you don’t every know when it is going to snow – fall, spring, whenever!!! I am glad you all enjoyed your snow day – I bet you got some great photos!!! I love the one you posted!

  • 6.
    Michelle Wooderson said…

    Ali, thanks for sharing your story about Simon today. I visit every day and just have to say that I love watching Simon grow up. He’s such a cool little dude. I feel like I know him and Becky’s kids and Lisa’s kids…all through the wonderful world of scrapbooking. Thank you for always inspiring me and sharing a little bit of your world with all of us. Mish

  • 7.
    CrossRoads said…

    How I miss snow… No snow here in Istanbul, also no rain but it’s like summer weather, no jacket required.
    Such a lovely page, creative and full inspiration w/ wonderful snow shots.

  • 8.
    asnipofgoodness said…

    I love that for you!!!! You are a great Momma!

  • 9.
    jenny said…

    How sweet. We had a snow day last week in TN and an ice day today!

  • 10.
    Shelly said…

    This blog entry made me remember “snow days” from my own childhood. :) I love your description of your excitement (getting up at night to check for snow)! I still do that when we’re expecting a big storm here, even though we have snow on the ground ALL winter long where I live. Thanks for making me smile this morning. :)

  • 11.
    Maureen said…

    This is so so special for a little one’s memory. What a wonderful addition to your his last Christmas as an ‘only’. “Just before you were born, it SNOWED before Christmas!!” he’ll say.

  • 12.
    Tinka said…

    Count me as one of those grown-up kids who loves snow! Of course, living in South Texas means we don’t see it very often but every winter I am hopeful. We did actually have a a few flakes falling the other night, which was quite a surprise since it was only about 40 degrees!! Word here is that the last time we had an autumn as unseasonably warm as this year’s, it was followed by the 1985 “blizzard” when we got 13 inches of snow.

  • 13.
    traci said…

    what a wonderful post. thanks for sharing. he is growing into quite the young man. what a blessing. my son is 17 and he is still hoping for the first snow day of the year. i am not sure that excitement ever goes away. have a great day ali!

  • 14.
    grungedandy said…

    joy in the simple things seeya hugya *G*

  • 15.
    Meg said…

    You KNOW this thrills me to read it. George would be happy if I didn’t hover so much, but we’re not quite to that point in most places. (Yay for Rainbow Play Structures!)
    Wasn’t yesterday FUN?!!! Today’s another one, enjoy!

  • 16.
    sue Treiber said…

    happy snow day to Simon! My kids are hoping for one tomorrow :)

  • 17.
    Jessica Stoops said…

    I loved hearing about Simon’s snow day and your reflections.
    I am hoping for snow, but we haven’t gotten any yet. Last year it snowed on the 6th, I recorded it in my Dec. book.

  • 18.
    HeatherC said…

    My kids were crushed this morning when the snow predicted turned out to be nothing — just supposed to get reain later today and that is no fun! How cool for you to see Simon growing and playing with the other kids. I love to watch my kids from afar — they always amaze me.

  • 19.
    Kristi said…

    Oh How I wish I got more snow days as a kid….*sigh* I live in Maine and we don’t cancel school unless we get at least 12 inches of snow (and even then it’s questionable) or at least 2 inches of ice on the road. it was a sore point in my childhood…all that glorious snow and no snow day. So glad Simon got out and played! and I’m still waiting to get to the point where I can just watch…but I’m not rushing, I love every step of little boys growing up… Have a wonderful day!!

  • 20.

    Love this post. As a mom of a 4 year old on the spectrum, I know that warm fuzzy feeling when you see your kid just playing with other kids. It’s such a big deal, and an important milestone. I still feel like I have to keep a close watch on him when he plays with other kids, but it’s probably more my issue and fear, than the reality. Thanks for the continual inspiration!

  • 21.
    Mary Rogers said…

    oh Ali! I know what a huge accomplishment this is for you and Simon! horray for snow days!!!

  • 22.
    liz elayne said…

    love the joy in this post! we had just a bit here in tacoma, but we were just delighted watching it fall this weekend. i even took pictures at night outside saturday when it first started. it is such a rarity here that we have to really enjoy it.
    so glad simon had such fun playing…he will have wonderful memories of days like this one.

  • 23.
    Heather H. said…

    I am envious of your snow day! As a former teacher in Minneapolis, MN we almost never have snow days! It happened once in my 8 years of teaching. Now that I stay home with my son everyday is a snow day! And he’s not a fan of the snow, yet!

  • 24.
    margie said…

    growing up is good…snow days are great…becoming more independent is great for you and for simon…loved this post!
    kiss kiss

  • 25.
    Jen said…

    Awww…that is super cute. Ah, well, up here where I live (Winnipeg, Canada) it’s been freezing cold where it’s a -26C with a windchill of making it feel like -40C today. Not sure what the conversion is to fahrenheit but my car barely starts or moves.
    Enjoy the snow!! =)

  • 26.
    pam said…

    we had just a skiff of snow down here 70 miles south of you. So happy to hear that Simon is becoming more able to be part of the neighborhood scene of kids. He is really growing and maturing. You are Chris are such great parents for him.

  • 27.
    Vanessa said…

    I’m with Kristi and Heather – up in the northland (Minnesota for me) we haven’t had a snowday for years. My kids are always praying for one – today they were hoping that the windchills (a mere -23) would cancel school!! But no go!
    Enjoy the smiles – snowdays are sort of like a bonus vacation and that’s always a blast for the whole family!!

  • 28.
    Nicky Anderson said…

    So happy for Simon – glad the social skills are improving so immensely. We were at -30 celcius yesterday with a wind chill at -40 celcius and the kids still had to go to school. Today it is only -15 at the time – balmy!!
    Have a great day
    Nicky from Alberta Canada

  • 29.
    Jonnelle said…

    What a wonderful accomplishment for Simon (and you!), what a heart-warming day!
    Glad you had a fun snow day:)

  • 30.
    Leslie said…

    Love your post today. Brought back my own snow day memories!:)

  • 31.
    mary said…

    We raised our children in Tigard Oregon and remember so well the excitement of snow days!! We talked to family on Sunday and my daughter that lives here in the bay area near us said, “I’m jealous. I want a snow day.” Even into adulthood we know the excitement of snow; love going out for a walk after dark especially now with Christmas lights on the houses. Enjoy!

  • 32.
    dianna said…

    I miss those snow days when we lived the midwest …here in FL though, we have on the ac today. *Sigh*…no snow here.
    I always feel a little heart tug when I realize that they are becoming more independent…all the while being thrilled that they are coming into their own. Gotta love all of those mixed emotions that come with parenting!
    Stay warm*!*

  • 33.
    Amanda D said…

    I love this post. So sweet. We had a snow day, but we didn’t get as much as you. We spent Sunday playing in it and Monday hunkered down staying out of the cold wind.
    Enjoy your day!

  • 34.
    o-girl said…

    I love what you wrote about Simon’s excitement upon seeing the new snow. I had to chuckle though because where we live, 4 in. of snow does not a snow day make. We got about 2 feet of snow in Feb. and we only got a late opening of the schools. So, 4 in. of snow here is nothing. :) But, I’d love to live where you do, in OR, because it’s beautiful and because of the fact it doesn’t snow much there. ;)
    I love it when kids are gleeful about the snow and scramble to get their gear on to see who will get out the door first to make the first prints in the fresh snow. :)
    Enjoy your snow day, Edwards’ Family!

  • 35.
    Lisa said…

    Living in Canada, we have had many snow days and you know, it doesn’t matter how old the “kids” are, we still love a snow day. I LOVE the way you journal about these little bits of your journey. Thanks again for sharing with us.

  • 36.

    My heart was really warmed by reading this post today. Thanks.

  • 37.
    jonipossin said…

    That was such a beautiful post, Ali! The photo is wonderful, but the picture you painted with your words is enchanting.
    Thank you for sharing!

  • 38.
    kimberlee said…

    Wonderful stuff. :)

  • 39.
    Stacy said…

    Hey Ali,
    This is so awesome for you and Simon and family! How great! These simple joys make my heart happy and makes me happy you are happy! I live in WI and I can definitely send you snow anytime you want some! Don’t be afraid to ask! :)

  • 40.
    young c-m said…

    Ali, so glad your family is getting to enjoy the snow! I was in Portland over the weekend for Crafty Wonderland and it was fun to see it (not so fun to drive in it). I grew up in the midwest, so the snow definitely made me smile. Its great to hear stories of how Simon is growing up and maturing – so great!

  • 41.
    Annette said…

    Thanks for sharing that great stoy. As a mom with a kid on the spectrum I can really relate to those moments when they want to play with others and sharing the experience with you. Here in No. Cal we have some snow on the hills too!!!!! How fun wish it would
    stick :) Oh Happy Day

  • 42.
    Peggy said…

    What a beautiful post. Thanks for sharing.

  • 43.
    Josie said…

    Living in the Midwest we get ALOT of snow and ice a cold. Because I work outside of home, I have to drive in the weather and tend to dread snowy days. Thank you and Simon for reminding me the fun of snow and SNOW DAYS!

  • 44.
    Liz Ness said…

    You all have way more snow than we do — how exciting! Duncan is loving the little we do have, too — but, WOW, is it cold! (I’m so glad I have a hat — just like Simon’s — to keep my ears warm!)
    Happy holidays and winter to you and your family!

  • 45.
    Mati McDonough said…

    OH lucky! I miss snow. And I loved the way you recounted your Simon story. Makes me simultaneously miss being a kid and wish that I was a parent!

  • 46.
    Lauren said…

    Wonderful to hear how Simon is maturing!

  • 47.
    Tracy said…

    This post made me smile Ali. How I remember those snow days. Simon is such a cute little guy- he will be a perfect big brother.

  • 48.
    Candi Tardio said…

    whoo hoo…a snow day! it is coming down now here in the chicago area…they are calling for 3-6 for us! hope i get a snow day tomorrow ;)
    have fun in the snow!

  • 49.
    Sarah Scrapper said…

    No snow here in Fl….it is 80 degrees outside!!!! It feels like summer! My kids would LOVE to have snow and everything that goes along with it! I think the best part about snow (besides sledding on it or skiing) is coming inside to warm up and drinking some yummy hot chocolate! Enjoy your day today!

  • 50.
    emilie said…

    i can relate to the excitement of snow… i’ve lived most of my life in TEXAS… and in a few days i will be travelling to Park City, Utah with my husband and child to visit his parents for the holidays… i’m soooo excited about the snow, the skiing, the need for mittens and scarves… the hot-chocholatey weather…. (squeal!) thanks for all of the inspiration and excitement for snow.. have a WONDERFUL day!

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