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Day of the Duplo

Schools canceled. Snow day number 4,239. (Approximately. I've lost track.)

I'd say we're officially out of ideas around here, but that would imply that we ever had any ideas in the first place. We've built a lot of pilow forts and LEGO, bothered the neighbor kids and been bothered right back, and the house is covered with a fine dusting of dried-out Play Doh bits.

Yes, we've played in the snow, read some books and colored a lot of pictures, but mostly — if I'm being honest here — their time gets spent around the kitchen counter, wearing pajamas and eating an endless, absent-minded breakfast for HOURS AND HOURS, while the sounds of discordant cartoons and games bleat out from various screens. 

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GOOD MORNING EZRA. CAN YOU LOOK HERE? NO? HELLO?

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HOW YOU DOING, IKE? IKE?

IKE?

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*MUFFLED ANGRY BIRDS THEME SONG*

Are their brains melting? Probably. But mostly I need to get them to stop eating all the cereal. We're going through a box and a half a day, plus countless eggs, waffles and pancakes. I cut up an entire watermelon last night and it was already gone by the time I got downstairs to make coffee. 

So this morning I ransacked our basement storage area in search of the toys I packed away (last spring, when we thought we were moving, and then didn't) and brought up a huge plastic bin of Duplo blocks. 

I packed up the Duplo blocks after months and months of neglect. Noah had solidly rejected them in favor of LEGO, Ezra wasn't much into building blocks in general, and Ike was too young for them. 

Today, however, it's like Christmas goddamned morning.

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OMG SLIGHTLY DIFFERENT BLOCKS OF PLASTIC THAN THE 17,000 OTHER BLOCKS OF PLASTIC WE HAVE FIVE FEET AWAY FROM HERE OMG

Despite missing reference photos, instructions and quite a few once-essential pieces, it didn't take them long to completely transform the living room into a booming metropolis.

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What I traded in floor space I definitely got back in peace and quiet. I worked through the morning slightly amazed at the lack of arguing and whining, and I smugly congratulated myself on the brilliant swap-toy-collections-out-every-six-months-or-so plan.

And then I went downstairs again. 

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WAT.

Eh, close enough. 

Comments

Lindsay

Oh, snow days. They make mediocre parents out of the best of us. :) Thanks for the swapping toys out reminder. We always pack ours away with that intention, and then realize 2 years later that we never got them back out. Sigh.

Jessica V.

That last picture cracked me up. I just had a similar experience with my kids. They had gotten into trouble and so all screens were banned for a few days, which forced them to bust out some of their "long-lost" non-electronic toys. They were shrieking "LOOK, it's my (insert whatever toy name here) that I lost!" Note: all of these toys were in a bin that was clearly labeled with the contents, so "lost" isn't really a true description. :-)

Angie

Another snow day? School will be on until July at this point, no?

emah

I'm a teacher, and I'm about ready to blow my brains out, because they keep canceling my school and my daughter's preschool, but I'm pretty sure that they're not going to add days onto the end of her year. Grrrrr.

And she needs more preschool, because I have melted her brain into a plasticy puddle with all the television. Still, someone called her princess yesterday, and she told them that she was not a princess, she was a pirate. So that's good on the attitude front.

Heide

http://www.slate.com/articles/life/low_concept/2014/03/goodnight_snow_days_it_is_time_for_all_good_children_to_go_back_to_school.html

Jenny

Hey I'm going to be THAT KNOWITALL who tells you that sinus infections are not treatable with antibiotics and that they are the most common affliction that docs wrongly prescribe antibiotics for.

Mary

You know what we used as incentive to get my 6 month old to crawl? We put the iphone on the floor. And IT WORKED.

DontBlameTheKids

Sounds like our snow day. Hey, at least I got to watch Frozen (awesome, loved it). Unfortunately, I also had to watch Carebears. Now THAT is a load of suck.

Kat

Post request: Can we at some point talk about your chalkboard wall? I am REALLY trying to convince my husband that it's a stellar idea that we should do in our playroom area. He is worried about dust, chalk getting ground into the floor/carpet/whatever...How's the dust? Do the kids use it a lot? Was it worth the effort? I really want to do this but I don't know anyone who has!! What about magnetic chalkboard paint? Does that exist? Pinterest seems to think so.

Amalah

@Kat I love our chalkboard wall! Kids use it constantly for drawing, our friends like leaving us notes and doodles whenever they visit, and we also use it for their star/behavior charts. It's really fun and a cool-lookinh alternative to a basic "accent wall" thing.

A couple caveats:

1) We did use a magnetic primer under the chalkboard paint, but I don't recommend it, as it's just not really *THAT* magnetic. We applied a billion coats of it (seriously) but at the most, we can use little tiny lightweight star magnets for the kids' charts and that's it. Definitely not strong enough to display paper or artwork with magnets. Just get a simple magnetic board and hang it up if you want something like that.

2) There is dust, but it's not too bad. I don't use an eraser on it (that causes more dust and doesn't really get it clean) but clean/erase it with some Endust sprayed on a dry paper towel. Way less dust that way and it cleans it much better.

3) With heavy use and regular cleanings, however, you will have to repaint sooner than you might expect. Ours is due for another coat, since it's kind of fading/wearing down. Luckily it's small (and I think one quick, haphazard coat on the heavy use areas will do it) so it's not a big project.

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