I learned a few things. Here's how to prep next time there's a massive snowstorm on the way.
1) Stock up on bottled water, flashlights, and batteries. Because having them will ensure you don't need them; while not having them will ensure the power goes out and you spend the weekend bored, drinking Gatorade, and walking around the house with a single Bath & Body Works candle for light. (For the record, I was prepared with a stash of four of these battery-operated lanterns, which came highly recommended.)
2) Charge the iPads before the snow arrives. And then charge any external power sources you have laying around, too. (I swear by the Jackery. It's cute--I have it in gold, it's tiny so it slips easily into your purse, and it's on sale for $10.99 right now.) You'll need fully charged iPads (plus backup power), because unless you're a masochist, you're definitely going to let your kids go on an iPad bender during a snowstorm. Best case scenario, you'll just be stuck inside and that screen time is going to save everyone's sanity. Worst case scenario, the power goes out and you're going to be stuck inside rationing that sweet, precious iPad juice like it's gold.
3) Load up your pantry with snacks. Just know that they probably won't be the right ones though. I got all of the things my kids usually love: Pirate's Booty, Goldfish, pretzels, fruit. Then, when we were actually stuck inside, they randomly demanded potato chips, which of course, I didn't have. If I were to do it again, I'd involve them in the process before I went grocery shopping and ask them for two or three snack choices they wanted to eat during the storm. Live and learn.
4) Scour Pinterest for cute and educational art projects for your kids to do while they're housebound. Haha. J/K. I'm way too much of a slacker mom for that.
6) If all else fails, scoop some snow into a bowl, throw some sprinkles on it, and call it "snow ice cream." My kids actually fell for this! In fact, they loved it! And it bought me like 30 minutes of relaxing time! Snow in a bowl. Trust.
Were you in the path of the blizzard, too? Or have you been stuck inside with your kids for other natural disasters? What are your secrets for making it out alive? I'd love to hear!