It doesn’t happen very often, maybe two or three times a year, but when it snows in Lake Norman the kids take full advantage of it. This is the third time in the past month that we have been told that it might snow. The first two times were false alarms and it was business as usual. This time, though, Stefi wasn’t taking any chances and she went to bed with her pajamas on backwards and three very large serving spoons under her pillow. Apparently, this is a foolproof system (tested and perfected by 7 year olds all over the world) for making it snow and I can’t argue with the results. We got the word last night from Charlotte Mecklenburg Schools that today would be a snow day and from that moment on I knew how we would spend the day. The kids of the Peninsula and Jetton Cove have been climbing up and down the hills of the Peninsula Golf and Country Club with their sleds, toboggans, snow boards, wake boards, inner tubes, sheets of cardboard, and anything else that will slide. They have been at it since 8:00 am this morning with a brief timeout for pizza and wings from Brooklyn South before heading back out. It’s so nice to live in a place that receives a little bit of the best of every season. It’s also nice to be able to stay in my warm house while the kids wear themselves out just a few feet away. I suppose the gang will make their way back home any moment now. I’m pretty sure the morning started with two kids, two cats, and a husband but at last count we were up to seven kids, two cats, and an Australian shepherd. (Lost the husband.) After three more hours on the hills, who knows how many will show up. The good news is that I can just take a picture, tag them on Facebook, and wait for their parents to come pick them up. Until then, I’ll just enjoy the peace and quiet and watch the snow melt.