The calm during the snow storm ...






Author

Starla Tercero




Our first snowfall


  Super Bowl Sunday we were all gathered at our house with close friends having a good time watching the boringly long game. The Patriots were killing the Rams. So it wasn’t much of a game. That morning it began to snow lightly, with a mix of our usual rain here in Washington. Snow doesn’t usually make an appearance here especially on Whidbey Island.   Overnight it snowed 3-4 inches here, of course the entire town went on lockdown, no one was going to work, schools closed down, the snow plows were working, the roads were pretty icy due to that rain slush we got before the actual snow. Also keep in mind not a lot of people here know how to drive in snowy conditions or have the type of all wheel drive for it. So come Monday we stayed in for a bit, husband had the day off, went sledding with the kiddos, relaxed, I worked from home, and we enjoyed some yummy chicken soup at the grandparents.

  Well no more snow, but the ice and snow never melted, school was canceled on Tuesday and Wednesday the schools here and in the area  had a 2 hour delay. Snow stuck around with the freezing temps no surprise. Things were getting canceled left and right, meetings, get togethers, kids birthday parties, fundraisers, and oh all the super important appointments I love going to... got canceled as well.  


It’s an Emergency!!!


Thursday school is back! Normal schedules!!! Until we get a weather advisory report saying  Snow Storm Maya is well on its way! We are expecting 10 inches of snow Friday alone. So the super markets were slammed, shelves were emptied, gas stations were packed and you couldn’t find snow salt anywhere. The locals are scrambling, calling this storm #snowpacalypse #snowmageddon. Here I am wondering how I can make the best snow cone ever? Maybe some coffee syrups at the grocery store will work! Well, it snowed Friday about 5 inches in a few hours. It was beautiful! Schools again closed and everyone scattered home from work early! My husband actually got home and wondered why I wasn’t home yet. More on my where about in a bit. Well so far everyone has taken cover. Let’s just give you the simple facts. It was snowing, no wind, a nice light snow. I suppose when people don’t see snow or are familiar with it, it’s like anything else you fear things you aren’t familiar with. Well I am fearful, but snow I will always embrace! Espcially since we have an all wheel drive vehicle;) Adventure awaits!






Fun fun fun!!!


Back to where I was Friday afternoon. I took the kids out sledding and hiking on one of our favorite trails, super flat and perfect for sledding Ezra in tow and Savannah in my carrier. We met my friend out there with her little and off we went in a fun gorgeous adventure in the snowfall. I seriously felt like I was walking in Narnia you guys. It was breathtaking.

I do have to admit, I’ve been outside on hikes and walks more than the month of January! Sometimes we’ll go out twice! With plenty of hot cocoa in the in betweens, fort making, Incredibles 2, and Batman Lego movie on repeat, we are surviving just fine over here. Needless to say the kiddos and I are having so much fun in the snow. Savannah is a little unsure at times, but she knows eating cupfulls of it and sledding in it are her fave! Ezra loves it all! Snow ball fights, snow angels, sledding, snowmen, snow dancing, snow jumping, icicle watching, etc. He’s definately my child. Savannah may take after her dad a little. Robert would rather be cozied up indoors with a coffee just the same. Me I love it all. The nostalgia of it all brings me back to childhood when it rarely snowed in Texas. We will never forget the days of snow we did have and cherished them we did. In fact I may have one snow pic floating around from childhood. These kids will have hundreds. lol






Serenity

se·ren·i·ty /səˈrenədē/ noun. 1.  the state of being calm, peaceful, and untroubled. What the past 7 days have taught me is this... If I had to describe this past week and what the snow has brought. Serenity describes it best for me. I could watch the snow fall and drink a coffee by the window all day. The kids and I could watch the fat little robins perch and fly back on our willow tree all afternoon. There’s something so magical about the snow falling, especially with our beautiful evergreen trees that get mounted with the snow on them. The calmness and quiet that you hear when you walk outside. Well it’s calm, quiet. No ones outside or hardly driving around. It’s made everyone slow down for a change. It’s made us cook warm yummy pot pies and roasts. We’ve taken the time to bake chocolate chip cookies and eat a few everyday with milk! I’m at peace with the snow, it’s brought more peace into my busy life and helped me slow down. I’m untroubled and clear minded. Here’s one of my favorite prayers about serenity and a good prayer to live by.


Serenity Prayer – Full Version (composed in the 1940s)

God grant me the serenity To accept the things I cannot change; Courage to change the things I can; And wisdom to know the difference. Living one day at a time; Enjoying one moment at a time; Accepting hardships as the pathway to peace; Taking, as He did, this sinful world As it is, not as I would have it; Trusting that He will make all things right If I surrender to His Will; So that I may be reasonably happy in this life And supremely happy with Him Forever and ever in the next. Amen.



Key points

Slow down

Enjoy your surroundings

Bake warm comfort foods

Have fun activities ready for the kids!

Be creative

Drink coffee

Stick to a schedule...some what

Relax

Stock up in paper goods and snacks!




Sincerely,

Starla Tercero






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