How Sluiter Nation Has a Snow Day

Much of the country was hit with a “weather event” the past couple days, and for once this winter, Michigan was not left out.

Our weather guys and gals were able to jump around and flail their arms in front of weather maps covered in blue and green and pink blobs of snow and blizzard warnings.

One meteorologist even admitted to bringing his sleeping bag to the studio last night.

There was excitement.

My students talked ALL DAMN DAY about how we were going to have a snow day today:

“Mrs. Sluiter?  Do you think we’re going to have a snow day?”

“Oh we are for sure going to have a snow day, don’t you think, Mrs. Sluiter?”

“What are you going to do with your snow day, Mrs. Sluiter?  Grade my test?”

To be honest, until I got home and turned on the news?  I wasn’t sold on this whole snow day business.  I mean, our weather people REALLY enjoy getting worked up and they may tend to exaggerate what actually happens.  a lot.

But once the wind picked up and it started to snow, I started begging Cort not to drive to bowling.  And that is when I realized:  we were going to have a snow day!

Yes, today my school is canceled and Cort’s evening class is canceled.  Sluiter Nation officially has a snow day.

So how do we DO a family snow day?  Well, there are a few things that are necessary (no, I did not go out and buy “storm meat” like @thenextmartha did).  Here is how WE do a snow day:

First we open the front door to see that yes, we are snowed in.  There is no walkway to the house anymore.

oh, and no driveway either.  Well then.  Yes.  Snowed in.

Our deck. More proof that this "Blizzard of 2011" happened.

the drift in front of our downstairs front window. again, it snowed like "whoa" last night.

Now that we have it established that I am not making the snow up, this is how we readied ourselves…

First?  make sure the internet connection is working.  Because otherwise?  I may as well be at work.

I kid, I kid.

Or do I?  ahem,

Stock up on provisions.

Cort went to Target yesterday for a few things and since a storm was coming he stocked up on the necessities junk food to keep his wifey and boy happy while they are trapped together for a whole day.

Like I said…provisions.

Momma and Dad-do need their caffiene.


Yes, I am writing this around noon and all three of us are still in our jammies.  And I am pretty sure there are no plans to change that.

slippers.  because my tootsies need to stay warm when it’s so brrrrr outside!

A good book.

You know, in case I pull myself away from the interwebs today.

Someone to cuddle with.

(please disregard lack of make up…it’s a snow day.  remember?)

Now if you will excuse me, I have everything I need to have a successful snow day.  I must now proceed to enjoy the doing of nothing.

While I do that?  You can check out how I actually DID go to Blissdom…sort of.  Go here and here.  Then report back.

And happy weather event day to you.

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. Snow days are great!! We’re at home too although I am using nap time to shower (done), pull pics off my camera, and write wordless Wednesday post… a bit late.

    I’m kinda hoping that tomorrow we have one too!

  2. We are having an “ice day” here in NY. Matthew and I are playing Toy Story while Matt is outside trying to dig us out. It’s day #2 in the house for us – I’m ready to get out!! LOL!!

  3. Darling Girl and I are having an “It’s Way to Freaking Cold to Go Out Day.” It worked for us. That? Is a lot of snow. Wow!

    P.S. I want to know who “made” Flat Kate’s lovely outfit. I’m totally jealous.

  4. Looks like yall had all the makings for an awesome day! Enjoy the snow! 🙂

  5. Looks like we have very similar plans for the day! Enjoy!!

  6. i’m SO jealous. That looks like so much fun! It’s about 75 here!

  7. Well color me green, I’m jealous!! It was 80 and humid here today. Ahem, Mr or Mrs Winter did not get the memo down here…I would like a snow day please. Looks like you had a well deserved and FUN day off.

  8. This is simply awesome.

    I know it is competely inappropriate to be jealous. I live in Southern California. Our weather is beautiful.

    But this snow day at Sluiter Nation?


  9. Well, hot damn, I’m jealous of your snow day. We have the snow, but since I live 3 minutes from the office there’s no excuse not to get here – so no jammies for me. Hope your day was wonderful. & maybe you’ll get another tomorrow. 🙂

  10. I had a snow day today too, however I did get dressed and put make up around 1 because today is my ticker change day and i have had some pretty craptastic pictures and wanted to take a cute one of my bump and not look like a pre-weightloss photo hahahaha. totally going to spend tomorrow in my pjs though because unless our cousin comes to plow us today? my car is STILL not getting out of the driveway tomorrow.

  11. A snow day here too. I am feeling so Canadian and Northern. We had a busy day of scrapbooking and lounging. And playing in the snow of course.

  12. BalancingMama (Julie) says

    That is a lot of snow! Atlanta had an unprecedented week of snow days with the last storm. Snow day #1 was a blast. Then we began to go crazy. By day #4 and #5, husband went back to work and I was stuck with a stir crazy preschooler – yikes! But… Now I kind of want snow again. That first excitement is really fun.

  13. Here in southeastern Michigan, we also had a “snow day”. Schools closed, supermarkets bustling, companies closing for the day. All of those things happened last night in anticipation of our snow.

    And we awoke to five inches. Maybe six by the end of the day.

    A snow day looks more fun when you are actually snowed in!

  14. I wish my snow day consisted of blogging today! Sheesh! Brandon was in a spring cleaning mood and boy did we clean! And then after that? Brayden was super crabby so I am JUST NOW getting on my computer. Seriously.