Snow Daze

When I was little, it seemed like every winter meant tons of snow. I am not sure if this is actually the truth, or if it’s just the memory from my childhood perspective. I’m sure “a lot” was different to me as a five-year-old than it is to me as an adult. If I needed snow pants, it was “a lot”.

There was a week when I was in high school that we had off from school because of snow, and there was one when I was an undergrad when WMU actually closed (something that is extremely rare). I remember that one because I was waiting for the city bus outside the townhouse with a couple roommates. The snow was up to our knees, and one of our other roommates yelled out the front door that classes were canceled. We didn’t believe him and stood there for another 10 minutes until we realized the buses weren’t running to campus.

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Right now we have a lot of snow.

This winter has been particularly snow-filled, and I feel like I’ve taken it in stride. I mean, we live in Michigan and it’s January. This is not an anomaly.  It feels like one though.

My school has had a total of six snow days now.  THAT is an anomaly. Being an urban district, we rarely use our snow days. We have allotted five in our contract before we have to make up days.  This is the first time in my 13 years that we have met and surpassed our quota.

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Eddie’s school district has had even more days closed since they have so many rural roads.  Of course there is also the FEET of snow we have out there and the sub-zero temperatures that make it feel like -20 degrees.

We haven’t cleared our deck since it started snowing in December over Christmas break. There is now a good four feet out there.

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If we threw Charlie out there, we would lose him. That is nuts.

Cort and Eddie ventured out this past weekend to explore the snow and get out of the house for a bit.  We almost lost them in the snow piles too.

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We have so much snow, the plows can’t keep up. Our subdivision hasn’t been plowed since Saturday (it’s now Tuesday). Yesterday I ventured out to make Eddie’s haircut appointment. It’s only a mile away. It was way more harrowing a drive than it should have been.

Even the main roads, which are plowed, are super slick because salt/sand doesn’t do a whole lot when it’s so cold out. So everyone is slipping and sliding through intersections.

The local news has given up on reporting on anything other than the cold, the snow, and crashes and other accidents that are related to the cold and snow.


While the days off have been nice, I’m ready to go back to work.  I don’t “hate” snow days like some moms do. I don’t mind being home with the boys (although, if I am honest, cabin fever does start to set in since my boys are of the play outside sort).

I do mind being off our normal schedule.  It gives me a little anxiety because each day we have off, I mentally start reworking my lesson plans and goals for the current marking period at school.

I know Eddie’s teacher is probably doing the same thing, and I feel for her. While I’m not worried about Eddie missing out on lessons or instruction, I know he probably has classmates who desperately need it.



I’m trying to just relax, take these days as a breather to get some extra homework and writing and playing done, and enjoy the memory-making of That One Year When We had All That Damn Snow.




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. We have had 12 days of snow off thus far this year. Shoot me now. Granted that only comes around about once every 4 years or so but it is enough of a reminder to be grateful for the teachers and school and time to have coffee.

  2. Woah that is a whole lot of snow !! I live in London and while it does snow here almost every year it never gets that thick !! I hate snow, unless I’m skiing. I’m just not a fan of the cold. Really really not. I hope you are able to get back to work soon 🙂

  3. All I can say is BRRRRRR!!! Bundle up, my friend.

    Wishing you sunny days soon.

  4. We’re having the exact opposite problem here. Not enough snow. We seem to catch the very edge of the various storms hitting the midwest/east/south. It’s just enough to give us cold temperatures for a day or 2 & a couple inches of snow. Then it’s back up into the 50s & low 60s. While I like nice weather, we NEED snow! Send some our way! 😉

  5. better you in Michigan than me. I guess I’d get used to that much snow? I guess. Has me wondering though–what in the world is the construction industry like during your winters? Asking because that’s what puts the bread on the table here…. so, you ready for spring? 😉

  6. We’ve had a few snow/cold days here, which is actually pretty rare in Buffalo (the city proper, not more “country” suburbs). But for us, with kids that are normally home and with me not commuting, it hasn’t made as big a difference. I can’t imagine trying to rework lesson plans and such, cheers to you and all the other teachers who deal with this stuff and keep our kids learning!

  7. I never EVER thought I could say that I can relate (well, sort of). Obviously we get nothing like this but we are on “snow day ” two here today and will be on the third tomorrow! It’s sleeting like crazy here as I type! This winter has been NUTSO! Hope we all thaw out soon… LOVE the photos!

  8. We are accustomed to snow days, too, but our district adds them onto the end of the year instead of building them in… which means an even shorter summer break. That part’s no fun, though I welcome a snow day. I love any excuse for throwing the schedule out the window. Hope you get back to normal soon!

  9. OMG, I know! All. The. Snow! Love the photos, love the taking it all in, totally get the meh!

  10. I honestly cannot imagine what this is like.
    Feeling for you and all the other parents and teachers! xo

  11. I was going to say exactly what Alison said.
    I can’t EVEN IMAGINE.

    My kids complain that we live in a place where it never snows. They say they’re missing out because they never get snow days and can’t make snowmen or snow angels. We have to drive five hours to get to the snow and they say that’s not fair.

    I tell them to be grateful they don’t have to shovel our sidewalk just to get to the car.
    That usually shuts them up. (But just for a minute :-))

  12. Mother Nature is drunk this year. there’s no other explanation.
    Granted, cold and snow are the normal in Canada; but this year it has stayed below minus 20 C for longer than usual. Like weeks.
    I still kick the kids outside, because they are In-frickin-Sane and Love it.
    But I don’t care if I have 40 some years under my belt as a winter savvy Canuck: I’m watching from the window with hot coffee this season!

  13. Oh my, and this is what I needed to read when I complaint about the rain we’ve been having here. While I think they are quite pretty but I remember how brutal snow can get when I was in Upstate NY. Yikes. Stay warm, girl. I love all the pictures tho your boys looks so adorable 🙂