What to do in a Winter Wonderland….

Friday, while I was in school, it started to snow. A lot. It snowed and snowed and snowed. By the time I got home, Cortney was already outside trying to shovel some of the mounds of snow away from the garage. And of course, as the snow fell in piles, we had plans to drive back out to Wyoming for the school play, Pinocchio. A fleeting thought of aborting the plan crossed my mind, but I knew it meant a lot to my students, so Cort and I sucked it up, and head out.

We were NOT disappointed! The sold out show was amazing! Wyoming Park is creating quite a tradition of putting on outstanding shows, and this one was not out of step with that tradition. In the program was a list of the people who donated. This year they listed us as “Senora Sluiter and Sluiter Nation.” Ha ha! That was pretty fun! The show was just as funny. There were lots of kids in the audience and they sat captivated as the story of Pinocchio unfolded. As we stood for the ovation, a big old tear of pride flowed down my cheek. Dang…when did I become so sappy?

By the time we got home Friday night, we had about a million inches of snow (ok, maybe that is an exaggeration, but we DID get a bunch of snow)! Saturday morning I woke up to the sound of the snow blower running outside. I can’t say I love that sound…not because I don’t love to get OUT of the driveway, but because I don’t love the snow. Brrrrr.

Once the snow was cleared out, Cortney and I headed out to finish up our shopping. We are so close to being done…it’s such a great feeling! We visited both the Holland mall and the Grandville mall. Definitely fewer people in Holland.

Lucky for us we were also able meet the Visels for a movie and dinner since they were in Grandville shopping too! Small world! Also lucky for us, the bad weather seemed to detract the masses from the movies and the deliciousness that is the Olive Garden, so we didn’t have much of a wait either place. It was lots of fun to be on a “double date!”

Today, I decided to wrap all that we bought. Oh my. After more than four rolls of wrapping paper, I finally emerged from the pile only to go out and buy a few more things that I just did NOT have the strength to wrap anymore today.

I also finished making all of our Christmas cards today. There they are drying on the kitchen table. This evening, when they were finally dry, I stuffed all the envelopes. Who knew Christmas was so much WORK!?!
Cortney kept busy today too. He thought the birds were probably hungry, so he shoveled a path to get to the feeder and fill it. Those dang birds better appreciate it!

What a busy weekend! We got everything done we aimed to do, no thanks to any help from Louis! However, I think Louis had the better idea of just curling up on a soft blanket and snoozing the cold, snowy weather away.

About Katie

Just a small town girl...wait no. That is a Journey song. Katie Sluiter is a small town girl, but she is far from living in a lonely world. She is a middle school English teacher, writer, mother, and wife. Life has thrown her a fair share of challenges, but her belief is that writing through them makes her stronger.


  1. Meyers Family says

    you became sappy when you became pregnant – it’s a package deal 🙂

  2. love this post. so jealous of the show….I REALLY want to teach theater already! okay, and maybe act in it, too…hokey toots on the presents! (and yes I really said that outloud…) and I can’t wait to get my card!