Local parents spend productive snow day with kids

By WEEK Reporter

February 5, 2014 Updated Feb 6, 2014 at 12:48 AM CDT

EDWARDS, Ill. -- For many schools Wednesday was a snow day. While some parents had to truck it to work, others stayed home and spent the day being productive with their kids.

In Edwards, this is one of the first snow days for the Boylan household. Angie Boylan and her family came to Edwards from Australia a couple months ago.

"Winter in Australia--as soon as the sun comes up it's warm again," explained mother Angie Boylan. "It's hard to believe that people live through winters like this."

but while ridgeview school is closed... school's not out.

"We're keeping busy by doing school work," said Angie. "I have worksheets and activities that I brought over from Australia."

Luckily, she's able to be home while her husband's at work.

"We do science, we do library, we do math, we do spelling," said Angie's son, Jack Boylan.

"I don't think it's good to play video games for the 6-8 hours they would be at school. I like to keep things fresh in their minds," said Angie.

Just across the street, it's "Boys Day" for the three boys at the Macfarlane household.

"He has his song--'Boys day! Boys day! Girls have to work!' "

Wednesday they have two main plans--watch TV and eat with Dad.

"Fortunately, I have the day off so I can spend time with them today," said father Bill Macfarlane.

If he could not, he'd have to pay for day care.

But for both families, Wednesday's snow day was family day.