Monday, January 6, 2014

What are you doing this coldest day ever?

The temperature in Chicago hit a record low today: By 8 a.m., it was minus 16 at O'Hare International Airport. School has been cancelled, and we are all hunkered down here in our cozy home. 

We have friends staying over - which makes being stuck indoors not just tolerable but fun: We had a big sleepover last night and stayed up late to watch an old Disney classic - Escape from Witch Mountain - the 1975 version which is streaming on Netflix. My friend and I then sneaked out, donned our winter gear, and walked to the corner bar to enjoy a nightcap. It was cold, but lovely walking through the quiet, snowy city. Today us moms are enjoying soup - homemade chicken broth with kale and squash dumplings - while the boys are engrossed in the world of Minecraft. Our ice orbs are read to hatch. And the girls - the girls are doing what every lady does on a snowy cold day: they've gathered for a fancy dress tea party in my daughter's playroom. 

To summarize: we're making the very best of this coldest day ever!

I am so thankful for a warm and cozy home today and good friends. My thoughts and prayers are with anyone who for whatever reason is forced to go out into this freezing day.

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