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February 25, 2011

Snow Day

Around here it doesn’t take much for schools to close due to snow (often they close at just the threat of snow).

We actually get snow maybe once or twice a winter.

This little bit of white stuff you see in the photo above closed all the area schools and was completely gone by noon. Mother Nature did tease us a bit throughout the day with a couple hard snowfalls, a bit of accumulation, and then sun that would melt all possibility of it really being a snow day.

It turned out to be a great chance to do a day of photo documentation. Here’s what I captured throughout the day:

6:30am | Early morning excitement. Simon exclaiming, “How’d I get so lucky?”

6:35am | Hair brushing, face washing, tooth brushing. Followed by breakfast and Sesame Street.

9:00am | Time to go outside. I’m glad we went out early because there really wasn’t any left later in the day. It was also cool because it really started coming down while we were out there which was very fun.

We walked around to check out the front yard and that’s when it really started coming down.

And then we were just cold.

We headed back inside where Simon watched a movie and Anna and I played in her room.

10:00am | Oh self-timer I love you so.

11:00am | We headed out for an errand and to grab some lunch. The snow was completely gone when we left the house.

Noon | When we returned home it started again. I had high hopes that this round would stick. It did, but again, just for a bit.

12:30pm | What snow day would be complete without lego-building time?

While Simon built a pyramid, Anna built towers.

And played with her Playmobil Take-A-Long Farm (awesome toy).

And made pizza.

And took a nap.

And this is what it looked like outside when she went down. Full sun.

And I tried to get a bit of work in while she slept and Simon kept building.

3:00pm | When she woke up it was back to playing, annoying Simon by trying to sneak legos, reading books, playing in her kitchen in just her diaper after eating too many goldfish crackers and getting sick, etc. Life is really busy when you’re two.

As the afternoon came to a close we watched Mary Poppins and then had grilled cheese and apples for dinner when Daddy came home.


  • 1.
    dawn said…

    What a wonderful snow day for all of you. It’s so funny to see your little bit of snow and no school. It did look pretty in your yard though. How fun for the kids to play together all day. Love that you took pictures of it all. My kids are home on a snow day today, we have it coming down at about 2 inches an hour. So their will be plenty of shoveling and playing for us today and sadly our snow is going to stick and stick around for a awhile. We are tired of the snow this year. Thanks for sharing Ali and hope to see you do a layout about this day.

  • 2.
    Cindy Simoes said…

    THNAKS so much for sharing Ali, a look into your daily life….the kids are adorable, it is sooooo FUN, to watch them grow up! Cindy

  • 3.
    Debbie said…

    Love the sibling relationship….especially where she is leaning against him…

  • 4.
    Lisa B said…

    Looks like the kids had fun on their “snow day”. It took over a foot of snow here in MN for our schools to call a snow day on Monday.

  • 5.
    sharyn said…

    Love the peek into your snow day! I really love the pictures of the kids together – the first one reminds me of my own. Our youngest always stands alongside his brothers or sister and does the same thing they do. We love it. :)

  • 6.
    Debby said…

    It’s like Spring in SC. I so hope we do not get any more snow. Your photos certainly tell a story.

  • 7.
    Maureen said…

    Snow in the PNW is a rarity. My son posted some pics of Seattle, and yes, even at 38 he’s still a kid in the snow.

    I love Anna’s knowing look at the camera in the bedroom shot. She’s a natural.

  • 8.
    Jill D said…

    I had just posted “Snow Day” on my blog when I saw your post. Funny. Unfortunately in New Hampshire, our snow days do not disappear by noon. I just posted a picture of my backyard covered by about 4 feet of snow. Hopefully, I’ll get wonderful pictures of my children today… if they stay still long enough.

  • 9.
    dori said…

    i can’t take my eyes off that old-school little people house! the blonde lady in blue, bald man in green, and the rocking horse are images that are forever ingrained in my memory! did you have it saved from your childhood, or is it an awesome flea market find?

    • ….
      Sally said…

      I have those left over from my childhood, too- always get warm fuzzies when I see them. :)

    • ….
      Ali said…

      Here’s the best etsy shop for Fisher Price:

    • ….
      Carol said…

      My mom could open a “vintage fisher price” shop from her attic! My kids, nieces and nephews have had a wonderful time playing with them at Grandma and Grandpas!

    • ….
      Jennie said…

      was thinking exactly the same. i enjoyed some snow days of my own with that same house. thanks for the trip down memory lane!

  • 10.
    heidig said…

    Ahhhh, that’s what snow days are for! Thanks for sharing.

  • 11.
    amy said…

    Looks like a fun day! We have a snow day here today (Indiana)…starting it off with Thomas the Train. :) Thanks for sharing your snow day with us!

  • 12.
    Teresa said…

    We have snow days like that. It makes me really mad when now they have to make 11 days or so when at least 2 of them shouldn’t have to be. WE start nex week staying 30 min longer.
    I noticed the little people house too. How old is that? I had those when I was younger(about 38 years or so ago). lol
    Thanks for sharing your snow day!

  • 13.
    Courtney said…

    Living in Manitoba, I would love a winter with that little snow. We have been bombarded with the white stuff so many times this winter it’s not even funny. One of the back roads that I drove on yesterday had a bank on one side that was higher than my car. There are places around where my parents live that the snowplow can’t see over for the snow. Today, a few school divisions have cancelled school because the combination of cold and wind makes the temperature feel like -47 degrees celsius. (I’m not sure what the conversion is to Fahrenheit, but it’s probably one of the coldest days we’ve had all winter.

    I love that Anna was playing with the vintage Fisher Price Little People house. Takes me back to my childhood. :)

  • 14.
    Nicky from Canada said…

    What a great day – wish they would give us snow days up here in Calgary – it was -30 yesterday with the wind chill and life carries on, so school closures, frozen driving conditions and cold cold air.
    Nothing shuts down, no schools, no works – by May – we will start to see sprouts (maybe april) – and we usually see them with snow much like your outdoor plants – just so much later
    So glad you enjoyed your day

  • 15.
    Ellen McKinley said…

    In Montana (Helena, at least) we don’t have snow days. Right now as I prepare to go to school (I’m a teacher with 2 school-age kids) it’s 17 below zero, and we have probably about 6-8 inches of snow on the ground, enough to make a great berm on my driveway which I probably couldn’t get through. We have had indoor recess at school for two days now, and today will be the third. I wish they WOULD declare a snow day, even though we’d have to make it up.

  • 16.
    Lynn Mercurio said…

    I just adore these little glimpses into your life. I almost feel like I’m part of your family and it reminds me of what it was like when my children were small and still at home. It’s a welcome walk down memory lane. Thanks so much for sharing.

  • 17.
    Cynthia said…

    What a perfect snow day:) Just adore the self timer pic of you and Anna!!!

  • 18.
    Jodee said…

    Anna is so stinkin’ cute in the first photo! Thanks for sharing!

  • 19.
    Alicia said…

    What a great document of the day! (And what a way to turn a change of plans into something happy for everyone:)). I LOVE that picture of Simon brushing Anna’s hair.

  • 20.
    Jen said…

    love that you have a snow day with only millimeters!! reminds me of when we lived in vancouver – but now we are in montreal for our first winter and the snowbanks are as tall as me and i’m tall for a girl (5’9) and i have still have to send my 5 year old to the curb to wait for the bus. at the beginning of the season when the temp was -20 (shock for me!) an the snow was falling fast i called the school to confirm that school was still on and they didn’t bat an eye at the amount of snow or the temperature. we are still adjusting but it’s lovely to be reminded of the mindset back home.
    love the new house! we are still adjusting to ours and still are negotiating with each other what is going to go on the walls. i have almost won. love the carpet in anna’s room – where did you get it?? thanks!

    • ….
      Ali said…

      Hi Jen – I can only imagine moving from this climate to a place that really sees winter :) . That rug is from CB2: It doesn’t look like they offer it anymore but they’ve got other cool options (specially love the letterpress)

    • ….
      Jen said…

      this is our everyday right now……

      a little different than life on the westcoast!!!

  • 21.
    Jo said…

    Can I come and play too please? :) ) Looks like a fun time, Jo x

  • 22.
    Beck said…

    Ali–I so enjoy reading your blog daily. Your family is so precious. My oldest son is a huge Lego enthusiast, just as Simon is. He currently builds then stores the final results on shelves (very space consuming). How do you handle Simon’s Lego love? Storing is such a challenge. :)

  • 23.
    Tamara said…

    what a treat to get to hang out for the day…and to document it! here on the central coast of california the weather report is calling for snow too! i can’t believe it…it’s a once-every-few-years event. my camera is already in my purse…ready to record.

  • 24.
    Carrie said…

    LOVE that first picture. S looks so TALL! Wow.

  • 25.
    Sandy said…

    It sounds like a lovely, quiet kind of day. I remember those days when my boys were little. (They’re 21 & 23 now!) Wish I had thought to take more pics of those times.

    Your photography is wonderful, btw. :-)

  • 26.
    amberca said…

    Oh Ali, thank you so much for sharing your day with us. I love the play by play photos, this is what it’s all about in my opinion! Here in Cali we are expecting snow this weekend, (fingers crossed) and I hope to document our day as well.

  • 27.
    K said…

    Love these kinds of posts–seeing what the hours spell out for others.
    Is Anna’s bed from IKEA? Do you like it? I’m looking for a new one for our nursery.

    • ….
      Ali said…

      Yes – it’s from Ikea and I love it. It’s perfect.

  • 28.
    Jan Davis from Canada said…

    There is a day in the year that we all become children again and slow down, enjoy the splendor of beauty and life. I find no other day gives me such joy than that of a “Snow Day” when mother nature releases her creative side and says “enjoy”

    Glad you enjoyed your day with your treasures…

  • 29.
    BARB T said…

    Oh, the memories! Your wonderful snow day reminded me so much of days when my children were little. Occasionally I get a peek of a child’s day of play/work (playing is their work), when we have a grandchild or two, or three, or how ever many up to eight, spend a night. How lucky and smart are you to be documenting their days. I have the photos of our children when they were little, but I was not journalling or documenting in any form. I always meant to. Enjoy your beautiful family and keep those new memories from fading.

  • 30.
    Karen said…

    Here in Oklahoma we usually only get (maybe) a couple of significant snowfalls a year but our weather has gone haywire these last 2 years. We were out the better part of 2 weeks this year and far exceeded our snow days. To make it up, the kiddos had to go to school on President’s Day and will have their school days extended 20 minutes every day until school is out. Not the most popular idea in my house! However, summer vacation will not be impacted so that’s a relief to the kids. Love your photos!

  • 31.
    Kathi said…

    Very cute. I live in Utah where it snows a lot and we have never had a snow day for the past 18 years. I dream of one.

    I also noticed you with your computer mouse in your left hand. Do you mouse left handed? I would be interested in hearing about that.

    Playmobile is awesome!!!

    • ….
      Ali said…

      Nope – just did that because I had my camera in my right hand :) .

  • 32.
    Natalee said…

    So fun to see how you spent your day Ali! It always amazes me when I hear about schools closing with just a little bit of snow…you are so lucky! I have lived in the mountains of Utah my whole life and seen every winter condition you can imagine. I can only remember two or three days where they canceled school for a snow day in 37 years…but lots of days I wish they had! Glad you enjoyed your day and thanks for sharing!

  • 33.
    Birgit said…

    Hello Ali,

    we live in Austin, Texas and had a “snow” day like yours on 2/4. A little bit of snow in the morning, gone by noon because the sun came out, no school though because the roads were slippery. I almost have the same set of photos from that day that you took. I am curious how you will include them in your Project Life album or will you come up with a different layout. Thank you for sharing. You are always so inspiring. Birgit

  • 34.
    Melissa V. said…

    Love this post…your pictures are so sweet. I’m especially loving the one of Anna playing with the little people house + the one of the two of you reading together. Thanks for sharing!

  • 35.
    Deborah said…

    Love the natural ease of your everyday life post. I love days like that. Where did you buy your shower curtain in the kids (?) bathroom? And what kind of print is hanging over the potty? One of my goals this year is to get stuff on our walls…I’m finding it’s alot harder than it sounds. Thanks!

    • ….
      Ali said…

      The shower curtain came from Anthropologie (a few years ago). The bird print was a gift and it came from

  • 36.
    sarah said…

    i love snow days. i took one myself yesterday :) we had about 3 inches at it’s peak. it must have moved westward as it looks like i had more snow than salem + eugene. it sure was beautiful while it lasted!

  • 37.

    Simon brushing Anna’s hair is pretty much the cutest thing I have ever seen:) What a duo!! We had 12″ here in MN last weekend, obviously no one had school Monday ’cause of President’s Day, so the opportunity for an ACTUAL SNOW DAY was crushed!!

  • 38.
    Jen said…

    Love the pic of you & Anna on the floor reading! Also loved seeing the old fischer price house & little people. My sister & I spent sooo much time as kids playing with that – such happy happy memories. Here in KC we got a lot more snow than that. It looks like the best of both worlds (snow & sun) from your pictures!

  • 39.
    Tinka said…

    Our snow day was pretty much the same as yours….not much on the ground and all gone by noon! But I was happy to see it since it had been over 25 yrs since we’d had any real accumulation.

  • 40.
    Alida said…

    I love this fun post. Hoping to experience snow for the first time this year (we live in South Africa), but we’ll have to drive a few hours to see it.

  • 41.
    rhonda said…

    Some of my greatest pictures of my daughter are her snow days. We live in OH and we average 3-5 snow days each year and she is a Senior this year and still loves to play in the snow! Loved your pictures of Simon and Anna!

  • 42.
    Anna Aspnes said…

    Love that first one. Such a classic shot.

  • 43.
    playcrane said…

    The play therapist in me is lovin all these shots of play!

  • 44.
    Cass M said…

    A fun home day!

    And Ali, next time you do a Q&A … would you mind sharing where you got that turnabout book holder in Anna’s room?? Was it an antiquing find???

    • ….
      Ali said…

      Hi Cass – yes, I found that at a local antique fair two years ago. One of my favorite finds :) .

  • 45.
    Heather H said…

    Such beautiful photos! I love all the ones of them together, and the one of you and Anna on the floor together. :) It’s so funny – I never imagined that you would have so little snow, being so far north as you are. That’s what snow looks like around our house here in Houston, Texas. And even the *chance* of snow is enough to shut down our entire city. Of course I think winter is over for us by now as it has been 80 degrees (F) the last few days.

    I think I need to take a vacation in the upper Midwest! This southern girl is craving some REAL snow! :)

  • 46.
    Karen said…

    What a beautiful and beautifully documented day. Love the very 1st picture of them both looking up in awe :)

  • 47.
    margaretarelene said…

    Thank you, Ali, for letting us see into your life. Your kids are so precious – looks like they are very close. Little Anna is so cute with her haircut, and Simon, of course is as handsome as ever!
    It is so interesting to hear about ‘snow days’ in the comments. I live in Northern Alberta, and snow days are as everyday as winter life. We do have ‘cold’ days, where the buses don’t run at -40 or colder. In recent years, we haven’t had a lot of them.
    Keep warm and have a great day.

    • ….
      Ali said…

      I can’t even comprehend -40.

  • 48.
    Leora Henkin said…

    Here in NC, snow has the same effect. Sometimes just the fear of snow is enough for a snow day. We do sometimes get snow and ice and when we do, school can be closed for a week because we are not equipped for plowing. Glad you all enjoyed your snow day!

  • 49.
    Christina said…

    so simple yet so great. I sent this on to my daughter to show her how “doable” this is. Hopefully she will try this as it is a great way to keep a record to look back on in years to come.

    Can I ask a silly question?? How do you make the vertical stroke next to the time. I can’t seem to find it on the keypad. Is this a photoshop thing? Would love to know.

    • ….
      Ali said…

      Hi Christina – on my keypad (it’s a mac) it’s right above the “return” key. You have to hold down the shift key to activate it – otherwise you get a \.

    • ….
      Christina said…

      thanks for that Ali. I knew it would be something simple like that. It’s easy when you know how!!! LOL thanks

  • 50.
    Candy said…

    You MUST have the old fisher price set. LOVE IT! My Mum still has it at her house and the kids love to play with it. [It used to be mine and my brothers] Looks like you had a great snow day. Great memories to make together.

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