To Read on the Journey

Saturday, April 5, 2014

Remember that time...

Wednesday morning my mother-in-love Instagram'd a photo of Bass Lake covered in 4.1 inches of snow... 

I blame her for what happened next.

The wheels in my mind got to turning...'What if??'
I called my m.i.l. to check on the road conditions in Bass Lake (30 miles away). I told her, (a former president of a local school board), what I was considering. Her response was "do it!"

That was just the nudge I needed.  
I shouted to Josie, "We're going to the snow!"  
My lone-homeschooler was ecstatic. 
She and I loaded the back of the car with the snow clothes and sled, making sure they were out-of-sight. Then we hopped in our Outlook and headed toward Noah and Emilie's high school.
Once there we donned our most serious faces (Smiley Josie had a difficult time with this), walked into the school office, and signed Noah and Emilie out for the remainder of the day for "personal reasons."
A few moments later a concerned Noah and Emilie met us in the courtyard with their backpacks slung over their shoulders. 
Emilie expressed her worry, while Noah asked, "Mommy, what's going on?"
With a non-emotional tone I responded, "I can't talk about it right now," then proceeded to walk to the car.
A little further down the road they implored me to tell them what was happening.  I kept my eyes on the road, remained straight faced, and calmly replied, "I can't talk about it right now."
I drove a little further.
Their imaginations were running wild.  I could feel their anxiety rising...
 and that's when I broke and exploded,
"We're taking a snow day!  
We're going to Bass Lake to play, 
and then 
to The Forks for lunch! 

(The Forks is a seasonal hot spot at the lake, which had just opened the weekend before)

They both sighed with relief and then shouted with excitement!!
And that moment...
it was


Just look at them!
So happy. 

Oh how I  LOVE them!

 Only God could love them more. 
At the end of our time, just before returning home to the piles of laundry waiting for me, and before the kids returned home to a bit of extra homework, we chatted about how this was a very good day; a needed day. 

We went on about how this day will go down as one of our "remember that time..." stories. {love}
This mama is glad to add another to our history book.  

And it goes without saying, that the kids are really glad Nana posted her snow covered Bass Lake IG pic. :)

 Live in Peace,


Sandy said...

You're such a good mom. I think your kids will talk about that day all their lives . . . and there's always tomorrow for the laundry.

Linda Z said...

Yay for a snow day!! So glad you did that and made a great memory! :)

Chrissy said...

This is just so awesome. It makes me smile. : )

Gina said...

Those mismatched socks! I'm dying over that (so like my Aida!)

And I think you just won the mom of the year award-they will remember this forever. It makes me feel like cooking up a scheme to bust my kids out of school!

Christina Schergen said...

yay! what a good mama!! That is really what it is all about...creating happy memories!!

Tegan Aubrie | Twelve13 said...

Oh my goodness, I love every bit if this.

Kate Eschbach / Songs Kate Sang said...

OH,that is fantastic!