Days 5 and 6: The Quest for Adventure
Day 5: January 6, 2017
Friday morning, I woke up and got ready to go to work. I took my shower, got dressed, and sat down in my normal spot– the chase by the window–to do my daily devotional. It was then I looked at my phone for the first time, and I realized that today would be much different than I expected. Today, I, along with the rest of our sleepy little town, was the recipient of one of God’s most glorious gifts–a snow day!
As a child, I loved snow days! These were days spent outdoors–building snowmen, sledding down the step hill with all the other kids in our neighborhood, and finally collecting enough snow to make a batch of snow cream when we went back inside. Now, snow days seem to be more of a welcome respite from my daily grind. It’s like God just pulls out this blanket of white and stretches over certain parts of the world when He thinks we need a rest.
Since I was already up, I continued with my Bible study, thinking that I would go back to bed shortly afterwards. The world was indescribably quiet under that blanket of snow, and my family still slept in their beds.But the silence was soon broken by my little one. He charged into the room, yelling, “Mom, we have snow! We have snow! I told you. I was right and you were wrong!” As much as I hate being wrong, I had to consent to this. He had been telling us that it would snow on Friday all week long. I gave him a hug, inviting him to sit on my lap and look out the window. Then, he whispered in my ear, “It’s because I prayed, isn’t it? I prayed for God to give me snow and he did.” I smiled at my baby’s first realization of an answered prayer and told him that he was probably right.
The rest of the day was spent playing games in doors–and a few of them outdoors since my little one was so excited. We had snowball fights and made snow angels…
and my husband found a new use for our Christmas tree.
Overall, it was just a nice, quiet day at home. We even ended the night snuggling up on the couch for one of my favorite movies, The Legend of Billie Jean.
Day 6: January 7, 2017
Saturday was my husband’s birthday–can you guess how old he is?
We didn’t really have room for thirty-one candles on his cake–and with the snow the day before,we were not able to purchase anything new so we improvised. I had planned on buying him a cookie cake from the bakery. His gift was going to be a night at Dave and Buster’s, but we had to do a lot of improvising.
Instead, I made his cake, and the icing, from scratch–from a tasty and easy recipe I found on the Pillsbury website. I even incorporated help from my little boy, and the baking became somewhat of a family event.
By the afternoon, boredom had set in, so I proposed we make an impromptu trip to do something fun for my husband’s birthday. We couldn’t make it to Dave and Buster’s–it is over an hour away, but we were able to meet up with family for some fun.
My brother, his wife, and three kids had their experience with boredom as well, so they asked if we’d like to take the kids bowling. I am not sure if you have ever gone bowling with a group of kids before (all between the ages of 4 and 6), but things can get interesting really fast.
Here are a few of the highlights: