Lessons Learned Winter 2010

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I’ve recently come to realize that I’ve learned a few things. Now, these aren’t all that exciting I know but for some reason it all became really clear this morning as I made my way to work through the snow and ice.

Winter Sucks.

Yup, it sucks. And I live in the wrong state! I was waiting for the first snow fall to come and be soft and beautiful. Is that what happened? No. No, it isn’t. We got a winter storm. It was snowing hard, the wind was whipping the snow all over the place, and it was freezing out! What really made it bad was that the day started out in the mid 30′s and the wet snow froze on the roads and then the temperature dropped dramatically to 20.  It made getting ready and going to a family Christmas party not as fun as it could be.

Four wheel drive is awesome!

I know this because my truck has 4-wheel drive. Now, I would much rather have a nice car but then I’d never get all of my kids into it, groceries, and everything else in it. This morning I was able to make it to work without to much worry and it also helped that I took all main roads even though it took longer. Now, I should add some sort of addendum to this because while 4 wheel drive is awesome it won’t always save you! I know this for a fact because I was driving with the 4 wheel drive engaged and as I was driving I went through a snow drift that wasn’t more than ankle deep and was pulled into the ditch and then my truck rolled over a few times into the corn field. Note to self… don’t apply for that job as a stunt driver.

Snow days aren’t as good as they used to be.

As a kid I loved snow days! It was great to get up and find out that you had an extra day off from school! We’d all bundle up and head outside to make snow men, go sledding, or whatever games we could come up with. Snow days suck now. Don’t get me wrong… the kids love them! I find it difficult to figure out what to do with the kids last minute when I have to be to work by 8am. The older one usually ends up watching her younger sisters, but I will always get several phone calls throughout the day asking can I do this…. what’s for lunch… can I go outside… you get the idea.

Kids never get sick at the same time.

This is a working moms’ nightmare! One kids is sick and the others are fine and as soon as the first one gets better another one gets sick and so on. They never get sick at the same time and I’m pretty sure that it’d be way to convenient if they did! This is the boat I’m in right now. Daughter #2 is really sick and all the rest are okay. It’s only a matter of time before she passes it on to one of the other 3 kids.

Snow plow truck drivers don’t care.

You see if they cared then my mail box wouldn’t have been in my driveway when I got home. I should mention that this happens at least once every year! Sometimes it’s just the mailbox and sometimes it’s the post. Regardless, it sucks! And if it’s not in place the mailman won’t deliver our mail which could be good or bad depending on how you look at it. But I’m waiting for that lottery check to get here and if that mailbox isn’t there I won’t get it!

So tell me how your winter is going so far!

24 Responses to Lessons Learned Winter 2010
  1. http://www.mommyshorts.com/
    December 14, 2010 | 5:59 pm

    Found you on Theta Moms. As far as snow days, be thankful you do not live in NYC. There is exactly point two seconds of soft white beautiful snow before it all turns to black slush from cars, pedestrians, and exhaust fumes. Winter wonderland indeed.

    • Jackie
      December 14, 2010 | 6:12 pm

      That picture on my post pretty much shows what it looks like around here. Of course once you get 5 minutes away from my house and into town it’s the same black slush that you have!

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  3. Lady Jennie
    December 14, 2010 | 9:16 pm

    Hi – for a relatively new blogger, well done. Your blog is so sparkly and magic. I love it!

    • Jackie
      December 15, 2010 | 3:17 am

      Thank you! Actually… yours looks incredible! I love the design and layout!

  4. Lady Jennie
    December 14, 2010 | 9:17 pm

    Oh my gosh – I didn’t realize you were Jackie until I clicked the twitter button and saw your picture. But I thought I was already following you on twitter. I’m confused …

    • Jackie
      December 15, 2010 | 3:17 am

      LOL! No problem!

  5. Liz
    December 14, 2010 | 9:57 pm

    If we stayed in NH longer, we would have thought about getting a 4 wheel drive car. And I know what you mean about sickness…Maddie’s been at it for a week, though Kate is only on Day 2.

    • Jackie
      December 15, 2010 | 3:18 am

      It’s almost a requirement here! I’ve gotten stuck in my driveway before I had 4 wheel drive!

  6. Jill
    December 15, 2010 | 3:02 am

    Oh my gosh! Your mailbox in your driveway??? You rolled your truck??

    I’m not sure you want to know how it’s going here. We have had 0 snow this winter and it has been in the 50′s and 60′s every day. There have been very little clouds and frankly it’s kind of nice. I am, however, hoping that it snows soon so that I don’t have to mow my grass!!

    Come visit me!

    • Jackie
      December 15, 2010 | 3:23 am

      Yup! Should be ok now though! Pretty sure the husband duct taped it! LOL! My daughter is mortified! She say’s that nobody can come over now!

      And yup… rolled a Ford Expedition.. imagine that! 4 times and walked away with not a scratch or a bump. Still sucked though and my truck was totaled.

      Weather in the 50′s & 60′s… I thought it was cold & snowy there! I’ll be there! It’s warmer there!

  7. Gigi927
    December 15, 2010 | 4:05 am

    Having lost two days last week to Kid #2 having strep, and 2 days THIS week to Kid #1 having strep, I have now dubbed a new law, that being Murphy’s Law of Sickness, which is exactly what you describe. they are NEVER sick at the same time.

    Happy holidays!!!!

    • Jackie
      December 15, 2010 | 12:12 pm

      That is perfect!! Murphy’s Law of Sickness!!

  8. 30ish Mama
    December 15, 2010 | 6:11 am

    Anyone familiar with the midwest knows that our winters carry a certain bitterness in the wind, which was blowing at a below zero temp today. I don’t want to take my baby out on days like this…

    • Jackie
      December 15, 2010 | 12:13 pm

      Same here! I can’t imagine how kids can go outside to play in the snow and even have fun with it so cold!

  9. Kasey
    December 15, 2010 | 11:50 am

    Me and snow don’t get along either! I thought when I moved further south, I’d see much less of it but last year proved me wrong. I thought it was just an off year but I’m starting to think we’re in for it again. Two mornings in a row there was a dusting of snow!! Yuck!

    • Jackie
      December 15, 2010 | 12:11 pm

      I can’t believe the weather! It’s been so cold in Florida and the other southern states! I’m hoping that we get a bit of a break here! It’s been incredibly cold!

  10. onegirlideas
    December 15, 2010 | 6:07 pm

    I agree with you 100% SISTA, on all your points!

    It can stop snowing here anytime now. I have had enough! Sick of being trapped in the house with just me and the dog.

    4wheel drive is only good if you stay on all four wheels. I’m glad to here you escaped that rollover!

    Our mailbox got knocked down buy the snowplow driver also and when I called the county they said it would take up to two weeks for someone to figure out if it was their fault or not. I told them to forget it and have the hubby fix it, so we could get mail too! Thought I would have to resort to getting the duck-tape out too, but the Snowplow driver came back yesterday and fixed it. Seems he likes to plow the ditch and got a little to close to our mailbox and 4 others Saturday! haha!

    • Jackie
      December 15, 2010 | 10:05 pm

      You have a TON more snow that we do! I do not envy you at all! Now my husband on the other hand…he does! He really wants to get those sleds out!

      I’ve never called the road commission about the mailbox!

  11. Complicated Mama
    December 15, 2010 | 8:32 pm

    Im with you!! I hate snow!! I mean it’s fun and pretty and all for
    Like … The first hour or two. Then its a slushy disguting mess that is just annoying!

    • Jackie
      December 15, 2010 | 10:01 pm

      Uggg.. I hate the slushy, dirty mess that it turns into! And the ice on the roads…. and the snow drifts….

  12. Mads Mom
    December 15, 2010 | 8:36 pm

    You speak the truth, my friend. And for MOST of the reason you list, I no longer live in a state where snow is an expected form of precipitation.
    No snow days yes. And no snow plows.

    • Jackie
      December 15, 2010 | 10:00 pm

      A state with no snow would be amazing!! But I’m stuck here in Michigan! You think that after 30+ years I’d be used to it!

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