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Our Snow Day Tradition

Posted by on Feb 1, 2013 in Uncategorized | 22 comments

It snowed here in Murfreesboro last night!  I didn’t even know that it was a possibility?!  Seeing that it was 70 degrees on Tuesday?  Crazy weather.

When the phone rang this morning at 5:00 am, I was not expecting the recording from the school saying that school was canceled.  I just rolled back over and turned the alarm clock off.  Unexpected treats are always the best!

I love a family tradition.  Something that your family can hang their hat on.  When my oldest started 1st grade, I knew that I wanted a “First Snow Day” of the season tradition.  I knew that it could not be centered around snow activities, because most of our snows are less than an inch.  Not enough to actually build a snowman or go sledding.  I decided that we would paint a picture on a real canvas and have it framed.

Luckily, I had already bought their canvases at the last threat of snow.

So, the girls are busy painting away as I type this post.

Here is our gallery wall from the past several years.

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This gallery wall is in our upstairs hallway.  It was a great way to brighten up this space and allow us to look at their art work every day!

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It is fun to watch how their interests have changed through the years.

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They have come a long way in their painting skills.

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For a couple of years, we had to label what Lila Mae’s were.  She knew, but we just needed a reminder!

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I let them choose their own frames, so it is a very eclectic mix. First Snow Day Gallery06

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Who knows. . . maybe their hallways will be full of “First Snow Day” paintings one day!

The masterpieces from this year are almost complete.  I will be watching for Hobby Lobby to put their frames on the half price sale. . .

Do you have any traditions on the first snow day?

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  1. I love this art wall Melissa! It’s gorgeous!

  2. Wow..your snow date tradition could make the hgtv news! sooo creative and sooo sweet!!

  3. That’s a wonderful tradition, Melissa! :-)I still have no tradition regarding the first snow day, but it’s never too late to start one. 🙂

  4. What a great idea!I have a small gallery on one wall of things my kids and grandkids have done over the years, but no theme. What a surprise to look out this AM and see snow! Pretty while it lasted, although not completely gone. God bless.

  5. This is one of my favorite family traditions! I love looking back on how we have all improved!

  6. What a terrific idea! Your girls are creating such life long memories 🙂

  7. change part my comment to : such wonderful life long memories! lol!

  8. What a wonderful tradition!

  9. What a great way to encourage creativity in your girls. I bet they look forward to that first snow day.

  10. Melissa, that’s such a neat tradition and the art work looks great hanging there. You are fostering creativity in your girls…they’ll be glad for that when they are old enough to understand.

  11. Love your family tradition!! What a wonderful way to spend a day with your girls. I am sure they will always remember those days. And what great keepsakes you have. Creative and inspiring!!

  12. Melissa, this is the cutest idea! I love traditions! Kudos to you for great parenting skills too. Painting is a perfect activity for a snowy day, and allowing your young artists to select a frame for their masterpieces sends them a wonderful message that you value their artistic talents. How wonderful to live in a home that has its own art gallery!

  13. We do not have that wonderful tradition! If we did, we would probably only have four or five pieces, since I live in the middle of Georgia! I adore your tradition, however, and what a love of art you are giving to your children! So creative!!!

  14. What a fun tradition! Love the art wall.
    I’d love for you to come over and share at Finding the Pretty & Delicious Linky Party. http://www.yourhomebasedmom.com/finding-the-pretty-delicious-linky-party-3/

  15. What a cute idea! Love it!

  16. I love your gallery wall! Your children are quite talented. What a great idea.

  17. I love your gallery wall, what a fabulous idea and filled with such wonderful treasures of art. Thanks for joining TTT. Hugs, Marty

  18. What a fabulous gallery wall full of memories! Priceless! thanks for sharing at Monday Funday!

  19. So cute! I LOVE this idea!! Thanks for sharing 🙂

  20. Love this idea. All the artwork is adorable. Visiting from Sundae Scoop. Would love for you to stop by my blog. http://www.thememorynest.blogspot.com

  21. I don’t have any such traditions but I wish I did!

    Wonderful to have you at Seasonal Sundays.

    – The Tablescaper

  22. i love this wall!!! i am about to start something similar in our hallway. i have on my calendar to start painting it, including the trim, next week, and then i want to do this! and yes, paint hallway is actually written on the calendar… because i have been DREADING the trim and it’s time to get it done! i need a written commitment. 😉


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