Tuesday, January 15, 2008

Boredom Busters

So I've been officially tagged to give you my ideas of boredom busters for that elusive snow day (c'mon I'm waiting. . .and waiting. . .and waiting!) I know you must think I'm crazy, but I love snow. If I had my druthers we'd be hit with a blizzard around Thanksgiving and the snow would stay pristinely covering the grass until the end of February! (Move to New England you say?! Done that and loved it!)

Instead, here in PA, we've been teased with some snowfalls before Thanksgiving, but since then it has just been dreary rain. Yesterday, we were supposed to be snowed in, but it was a cruel joke and only rained. Today, it is finally flurrying, and I can only hope that one of these days it will stick so I can wake to a world of white and look forward to playing with the kids!

Here are my ideas to bust the boredom of a snow day!

1. Brave the cold! Head outside and build a snowman or go sledding or make snow angels. Anything! Just get outside and let your cheeks get nice and rosy before you go back inside. Not only is it invigorating, but it allows you to better enjoy the rest of my ideas!

2. Cocoa! After playing in snow, nothing is better than a hot cup of cocoa. Now, I'm not talking packets of Nestle, but the REAL thing. Put some milk on the stove and make it from scratch! The easy way is with cocoa mix or chocolate syrup, but you can also do a bit of cocoa, sugar and vanilla to make a tasty treat. Don't forget the yummy options too: mini marshmallows, candy cane stirrers, cinnamon sticks, or whipped cream topped with shaved Hershey Kisses (this is Darlin's favorite thing to make with her very own mini-grater!)

3. Cozy Fire! Next, light a fire in the fireplace. If you don't have a fireplace, light some fragrant candles and get cozy. Grab the softest blankets you have and cuddle on the couch to read a good story, while sipping your delicious hot cocoa! Naturally, we enjoy the Chronicles of Narnia for this boredom buster!

4. Movie Time! Pick a fun family favorite to enjoy. I highly recommend the Disney Pixar movies (Cars, Incredibles, Bugs Life, Toy Story, etc.) as they are always entertaining for kids and grown-ups alike.

5. Have a Game Plan! Let each person pick out their favorite family game and start playing. We loooooove games at our house and I will start reviewing games on a regular basis. Some of our family favorites are: Whoonu, Disney Scene It, Disney Pixar Monopoly, Skip-Bo, Apples to Apples & Clue Mysteries.

Those are the things we love to do on a snowy day. How about you? I'm sure there are many more crafty ideas out there, but I went for the comfy cozy. Now I think I may have to go make some cocoa!

I will be tagging:
The Hand Clan, The Knotthaus, Allison, God's Grace In Practice, and Marathonbird


Heidi @ GGIP said...

Thanks for the tag. I will try to come up with stuff, but I have to say that I agree with a lot of yours....

suzan+ken said...

well... we are of equal posture when it comes to snowy winters. winter is my utmost favorite season (aside from the actual CHANGE of seasons.. those are better). being bored on a snowed-in day has never happened. Here is a short list of some of my favorite things to do when the big one hits:

1] pack a picnic lunch and haul everyone's ski gear into the car, praise the Lord for all-wheel drive and hit the slopes.

2] shovel a giant mound of snow and carve out mini "toboggan" run troughs of windy tracks just the size for super-balls. bridges, tunnels, jumps, ski lifts made of toothpicks and yarn. spray it with water overnight and in the a.m. have timed races. way fun that can last as long as the pile does.

3] if your electricity hasn't gone out, pretend it has. turn off all of the lights and light a giant fire. take the coleman propane camp stove out of storage and make pancakes for dinner.

4] after the kids are asleep, go snow shoeing in the moonlight

and finally, a quote from my mom, who has recovered from (this is the short list) a brain aneurism, bilateral knee replacements and stage 4 cancer... "we all need to make at least one snow angel every winter. crawl if you have to, but don't let the season go without making at least one."

Denitra's Den said...

LOL! Love your Mom's snow angel comment!

I've never been snowshoeing, that sounds really nice!

I will have to try the toboggan run - the kids would love that!

sarah said...

I want snow!!!!! So do my kids! I need to make a snow angel.