SOUTH LYON, Mich. (WXYZ) — Routines go out the window. Kids are at home. It is a snow day.
“I think the thing you think about when you hear there is gong to be a snow day is probably, survival,” said Carmen McAlister, a mom to two from South Lyon.
McAlister is being humble. She slays snow days.
When she learned there would be a snow day on Monday she called up a couple other moms in her neighborhood and invited them over.
“We decided we are going to have lunch over here,” said McAlister.
“It helps the moms because they get to interact with an adult and it helps the kids because they get to interact with each other,” said Jenny Green, McAlister’s neighbor and another mom of two.
Green happens to have a background in early childhood education. She set up an obstacle course in the living room using ropes, a bench, and toys. She then helped the children run through it.
“None of them are the same age. They range from two and a half to seven. The cool thing about that is the older ones learn problem/conflict solving from the little ones and the little ones learn they can’t always have what they want,” said Green.
“I think the cliches are true that the days are long and the years are short,” said McAlister. “I don’t know how my daughter got to be six already. So we are trying to make these count while we have them because before long I am not going to be cool enough for her to hang out with at all.”
Six year old Eliana McAlister loves one snow day tradition: snow ice cream.
They make snow ice cream by mixing one cup of milk, 1/3 cup of sugar, 1 teaspoon vanilla extract, 1 pinch of salt and 8 cups of clean snow.