What happened when the snow happened, today…

what happened when the snow happened today

I HAD great ideas about how I was going to spend today.

I was going to do lots of work. I was going to get my nails done (they’re in desperate need of a little TLC) and meet a friend for a cuppa. I was going to write a ‘serious’ blog post. I was going to get lots of s**t done.

That was until I looked out of the window this morning and saw that everything was white.

The snow had landed and suddenly I was no longer feeling happy and chirpy about the day.

Suddenly I was in a baaaaaad mood.

The white stuff meant I wouldn’t be able to get Elsie to my Mum, who looks after her on a Wednesday. (She lives in a place where the snow likes to land and grow very deep which makes it tricky).

This meant no childcare and a day stuck at home with Elsie. “But I have so much to bloody do!” I exclaimed. (And often.)

I was annoyed. I snapped at my husband and muttered under my breath. And I huffed and puffed, and maybe even swore a little bit too.

And then I remembered about a book I’ve been reading lately and I gave myself a big ol’ reality check. In the ‘Art of Being Brilliant’ much is said about the importance of being positive, even when the s**t hits the pan. (Or when the snow arrives and screws everything up).

It talks about how the most successful people in life are successful and happy, not because the snow never ruins their plans, but because they deal with unforeseen circumstances better and adjust their plans accordingly.

It talks about how life is short. And precious. And how we’re all too damn busy these days.

As the chapters I’d only just read came back to haunt me, a funny thing happened. I scrolled down my Twitter feed and saw two tweets.

One, from a friend, the lovely Franki from Little Luca & Me, who responded to my whinging tweet about the snow with: “Embrace it my lovely! Get your boots on and gloves and make memories with that gorgeous girl of yours! Work can wait!”

And the other on my timeline, a random tweet which said: “Be miserable. Or motivate yourself. Whatever has to be done, it’s always your choice.”

Kick up the ass right there folks. Thank you Twitter. Thank you Franki. Thank you book.

I looked again outside and decided that the snow actually looked pretty bloody awesome. I saw the white stuff and thought how lucky I was that I was gonna spend the day with Elsie and that we could play in it!

I thought about my freelancing work and this blog and realised that none of it was an emergency. None of it was that important. And I thought about the fact that I might never have another day, with lots of snow, with my little girl at this age, ever again.

And I realised that all of it – the work, the freelancing, the housework, my nails – could wait. But the snow and Elsie really couldn’t.

And so I chose to ‘motivate myself’. I adjusted my plans and my thinking.

Below is a snapshot in snapshots of how we mostly spent our day and what do ya know? The snowy day didn’t turn out too bad at all. In fact, it was pretty wonderful.

Elsie's face loving the snowElsie getting stuck in snowElsie and Elsa the snow womanElsaElse and Else getting close

It was cold. It was messy and the snow-woman (you didn’t expect anything less from a proud feminist did you?!) we built now looks like she’s had about two bottles of wine and three shots of tequila. ;-/

But my goodness me, the weather gods didn’t half treat us today.

Elsie and Elsa cuddleMe in furry hatme and Elsie enjoy the snow

We slowed down. We played with the white stuff. We created memories and it felt amazing. As for tomorrow? Who knows what’s gonna happen?

Although, between you and I, I’m kinda hoping the snow stays for a little while longer yet.

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With love,

Kate

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14 Discussions on
“What happened when the snow happened, today…”
  • I’m so glad you had a lovely day with Elsie! Your snow woman looks fabulous, wouldn’t expect anything else from you though. I too am secretly hoping the snow sticks around for tomorrow so I can pull Luca from childminders and spend the whole day together in the snow, even though we did have a snowball fight this morning and built a snowman tonight! They only grow up once and those memories are so important for both of you. Happy snow day! Xx
    P.S Has Elsie had a growth spurt recently, she looks so grown up in these shots! Xx

    • We really did Franki! I’ll keep my fingers crossed the snow sticks around for you tomorrow (And for me too!). You’re so right, we have to cherish the memories and make the most out of life. Thank you for the reminder today. Funny how the universe sends us what we need isn’t it? x P.S Yes, she has! Such a big girl now! :) x

  • Gorgeous post and pictures and love that attitude, it’s so important and one I’ve been taking myself. To just slow down. It’s days like today that truly matter. I had a busy day today in the end but last week saw me I take a day off despite work and earlier this week too, to just enjoy my kids and chill. Work can wait (when deadlines and bills aren’t imminent) but these times, the times of our lives, must be grabbed with both hands and enjoyed. Much love to you both (you girls are looking so pretty too just wanted to reach in and hug you guys). Love your snow woman too, please link up with this to #brilliantblogposts x

  • Fabulous! We didn’t get it very deep which is a shame, as the last couple of snow days we’ve had have been amazing fun. Your day looks great.

    #BrilliantBlogposts

  • I’m so jealous! Where I am we’ve had no snow at all (for 2 years to be precise!) can’t wait till we get some, schools get shut and we can play :) We already have the sledge ready and know the hill we will use if it eventually comes! #brillblogposts

  • Wow that’s a serious snowfall! Looks like you had a fun day – sometimes you just have to kick back and enjoy the moment, everything else can wait.

  • Ooh looks utterly gorgeous! Definitely a fabulous attitude to have. I’ve had moments like yours too when plans have gone awry and I can’t work. But it’s right – we have to embrace it and make memories and have a lovely time, which it looks like you did! xx

  • Ahh, such a perfect post. So, so important to remember what’s important in life and who. It’s so hard when you’ve got loads to do and your plans get messed about but this is a great reminder to go with the flow and enjoy those unplanned days with our little one’s whilst they are young. Looks like you had a wonderful fun day with your daughter; lovely pictures xx #brillblogposts

  • Looks like you had such GREAT fun!! So glad you got out there and enjoyed it :) Sometimes you do need a kick up the bum to have some fun!!!!! That photo of you is divine, you are so beautiful. Thanks for sharing this on #sundaystars Jess x

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