When the expected snow begins, go outside. Dance around. Make tracks. Try to catch flakes on your tongue.
Or, if you prefer, watch it all from the warm dryness inside. Where the DVDs are.
Once it accumulates a little and Grandpa gets home, make snow cream.
Later that night when the power goes out and you're already in bed, Mama will light the candles, bring out the extra blankets, snuggle up next to Daddy to watch a DVD on the computer until the battery runs out.
Sometime in the night, as the temperature drops, go climb in bed with Mama and Daddy, so that you wake in the morning piled together under a mountain of blankets. Talk and wriggle and giggle until daylight creeps in (because little kids, of course, wake before the sun).
Daddy will break out the camping gear, set up the stove on the porch for coffee and hot breakfast of oatmeal and/or grits.
After breakfast, bundle up in layers. Head outside to play.
When it looks as if the power won't be coming back on for a while, walk up the hill, next door to Grandpa's house. Move in there to the warmth of his gas fireplace. Play dinosaurs and Go Fish and blocks.
Read Alice in Wonderland with Grandpa. Make sure it's the original version. The copy Grandpa gave your mama when she was ten years old.
As darkness falls, make art and crafts by the light of an oil lamp while Grandpa cooks dinner on the camp stove on the porch. Appetizers of blueberries and strawberries for the little girls, shrimp and red wine for the grown-ups. Main course of fried chicken and baked beans and salad.
Make your beds by the fire like you're camping.
Treat it all like an adventure. Be happy to be together and safe and warm and dry.