At 6:30 a.m., a 10 a.m. departure seemed perfectly reasonable--even luxurious. But the snow kept accumulating. We also noticed our roads had not yet been plowed. Then at 7:30 a.m. we could see three metro buses had become stuck on the road near our house. Still, there was plenty of time to plow the road and clear the buses. But at 9:30 a.m. the roads were still unplowed and the buses were still stuck. I called Meg's school and informed them she would not be joining them today. We are officially snowed in.
Our tradition for snow days are pumpkin pancakes (I stockpile the Trader Joe's mix when it is available in the Fall) made using our wintertime pancake molds (purchased from the Williams Sonoma clearance section a few years ago). We are running very low on maple syrup, but happily we had enough to get us through this morning's pancakes.
Following breakfast, the girls headed out for a quick playtime in the snow. When they came back in, they insisted on our second snow day tradition: hot chocolate. Actually, Clare has finally admitted she doesn't like hot chocolate and now requires tea. But Meg still holds to the hot chocolate tradition, especially if their are marshmallows involved.
Of course we also had to work in Epiphany. The girls received a couple presents this morning since this is when the Magi brought their gifts to Baby Jesus. Later today we'll be making an Epiphany cake and hot apple cider, but I can provide more details on that tomorrow.