Did you see what my awesome kids did for me? Our living room walls were the golden yellow (similar to the hue of that chair in the above picture) and I have been wanting to change it for a few years now.
My Teagan and her guy gifted me with new walls, for no special reason other than to show love to me.
I chose Repose Gray by Sherwin Williams and just love how light reflects off of it.
Did you know that paint has an LRV (light reflective value) level? LRV is defined on a scale from one to 100…the higher the number the more light it reflects.
Have you ever made snow paint? It is one of the easiest DIY’s we have done & is lots of fun too!
We are on day two of blissful snow days. I’m wearing the same pajama pants that I wore all day yesterday and you would all just laugh at me if you saw the state of my crazy hair. It is 10:30am and even my husband is still walking around in his pajama pants, so we are truly taking advantage of the forced slow that snow brings!
Snow days are so different now that my girls are older (16, 15 & almost 13). I found myself reminiscing about snow days of old, and I remembered a few photos of one particular snow day from 2013. My Avery was 10 and was so very excited to stay home from school. Those were the days when she was young and snow was magical & she couldn’t wait to get out in it. I dug the pictures out to keep the memories alive on this blog & to share them with you!
I vividly remember my Avery waking up that day in her snuggly jammies with a cozy bathrobe wrapped around, but still her feet were bare. Is it just me or do naked toes on cold days drive any of you other Mama’s out there nuts? To see naked feet on a snow day just makes me shiver.
“Put some socks on those cute feet, you are making me cold!” My kids have heard me say this more than once on cold winter days.
That morning, Avery made a list on the white board she kept in her room. I love that she made plans that took action. Now, during the last 2 snow days, the action is less as she lays in her bed with her ipod and Netflix. I do know those cute toes got a coat of polish yesterday, so I guess that counts as movement!
She did come our from her room yesterday afternoon and baked some cookies. I can always count on my Avery to get in the kitchen on the weekends or days off of school to bake something yummy. She LOVES to bake. Back in 2013 on that fun snow day, we baked brownies while waiting for the afternoon sun to warm the day up a bit. Look at that brownie batter all over her face! Now, the only mess is in my kitchen after she is done baking, but not on her face. Both are precious moments, though, and I know I will miss that messy kitchen someday, as much as I miss mess on her face!
We continued to pass the time by making paper snowflakes. My goodness she was so adorable! I loved that stage with adult teeth but child face. So cute! Soon she will be getting braces on those teeth and look very much like the middle schooler that she is. Now if I want snowflakes, I make them myself. This is the first year she has not been too into crafty things. She is growing up!
I snapped a picture of her boots warming by the vent. She outgrew those long ago. She now is in the stage of her feet staying the same size for more than a few months at a time. A blessing, as adult size shoes are about double the cost of children’s shoes. She now wears the same size I do.
DIY SNOW PAINT IDEAS
Before she went out into the snow, we decided to make some DIY Snow Paint. This is so simple to make. It is just food coloring and water.
~Fill squeeze bottles halfway with water.
~Add drops of food coloring until desired shade is achieved.
~Put your finger over the hole and shake to mix.
Kool-Aid Snow Paint
~Fill bottles up with water.
~Add a packet of kool-aid
~Shake to mix
~Enjoy the fun colors that smell wonderful!
Magic Snow Paint
~spinkle areas of snow with baking soda
~fill squeeze bottles or spray bottles with vinegar & a bit of water
~add food coloring for color & shake to mix
~have kids find the ‘magic snow’ by spraying the snow and watching for a bubbling reaction of the baking soda and vinegar
Avery had fun that day painting snow, but the highlight of the day was when a local news crew saw her shoveling and stopped to ask her a few questions. They featured her snowman & asked her why she liked shoveling. Her answer? “Because you get to help out your parents and..it’s just FUN shoveling!” Aww…be still my heart. She told me today that even though she looked cute and composed, she was a little freaked out as they didn’t ask us to interview her and just started filming. We still have it locked and saved on our DVR. I need to figure out how to get it off and save it another way! It was fun to watch again today as a family. Her little voice was so sweet.
After her big interview, she came in to warm up… with an icicle?!? Love the pink cheeks & the willingness to pose for a photo. I find that my teenage girls are now much less likely to let me take their photo. Now I just steal their instagram photos and use them as my own when needed, knowing they are already approved for the public. Or pictures like the one below, where they are prepared & ready to smile!
As much as I miss my girls and their younger versions, I am cherishing every moment of them as teens, as I know there will be a day coming where I will miss their teen version! I am so very thankful to be here, to be their Mom in every stage they go through. I love my girls…oh, and that man in the middle? He’s not so bad either!
Do you have snow days in your part of the world?
What do you love to do on snow days?
Do you have littles or teens? How do you enjoy every stage?