I love snow. I absolutely, positively adore the stuff. I will admit, though, that I prefer looking at it than playing in it; however, I don’t mind playing in it with my girls when the opportunity presents itself.
While I do enjoy snow, I hate the polar vortex and all the subzero temperatures this winter. Hate. It. It gets so incredibly cold that going out to play in the snow isn’t fun. Heck. Going outside in general isn’t fun. I will find reasons to stay home rather than go on an errand or to a MOMS club event if it is freezing outside. Honestly, if it was just me, I would be more inclined (although not much more), but I dread trying to bundle up two toddlers to go out in the cold. I guess I’m not meant for Minnesota (then again, I do love Minneapolis and maybe I’d acclimate over time).
The weather this winter has spoiled our plans. Not once, but twice week. Last week we were forced to leave Iowa within 24 hours of arriving. This week due to a forecast of ice, we scrubbed a planned trip to southern Missouri to attend my cousin Tom’s wedding. Not only did I miss out on seeing him get married and hanging out with my cousins, it also meant not seeing my parents who planned to come up but canceled their plans as well due to the weather.
While I like winter, and find it far more enjoyable than summer, I’m about done with the nasty stuff. At least the subzero temps/wind chills and ice. More snow? Fabulous, but nothing more than that, okay?
All of that said, this morning we woke to 3 inches of snow on the ground and the temperatures were above 0. (Not much above with the wind chill, but who’s counting.) Finally, we got to take the girls outside to experience the snow.
Ginny loves the snow! She asked her daddy this morning if she could go play in it. DH told her to come find me and ask, which she did. It took us about 15 minutes to get both girls bundled up in their snow pants, boots, mittens, and hats before we could venture outside. My husband planned on shoveling while the girls and I would play in the snow.
Naturally, plans don’t always go as hoped. Ginny was thrilled with being outside in the snow. I showed her how to make a snow angel since there would be no making snowmen (the snow is very dry). She enjoyed it so much that she tried to do it 2 more times. Grace, on the other hand, was NOT happy about the cold or the snow. As she stood outside, her lower lip dropped and tears came to her eyes. She grabbed onto my legs and cried. I held her, which helped, then headed inside with her after only 5 minutes outside.
Ginny decided to stay outside to play. It turns out that she helped her daddy shovel the driveway using one of his small shovels. She stayed outside for 40 minutes. She was all smiles when she came back inside, happy about her adventure in the snow.
Posts I Made This Week
Monday: Megan wrote a lovely guest blog post for me about her life as an adopted child from South Korea in Grateful for the Sacrifice.
Tuesday: In anticipation of the Super Bowl, I shared my first recipe round-up of the year with 10 Great Game Day Recipes. Tonight I’m making the cheesy potato fries from that list. Mmmm…I can’t wait.
Thursday: I did my first ever Throwback Thursday post going back to 1981 when I got to visit West Berlin, Germany with my Girl Scout troop in my post Berlin.
Friday: I shared my recipe for Slow Cooker Chicken Tacos that are so yummy and easy to make.
Saturday: To end the week, I shared a Sweet Saturday recipe for Blackberry Bread.
Blogs of the Week
I hope you take the time to check out some of these amazing posts I read in the last week. Some have been recently written, others not so recent, but all are great.
Maternity Leave as a Mum or a Mom. Big Difference. This fabulous post discusses the difference in maternity leave here in the U.S. and across the pond in the U.K. It might leave you shocked and scratching your head.
Motherhood: Wimps Need Not Apply A lovely post that talks about how each stage in parenthood is tough.
Imperfectly Beautiful This post discusses how society keeps sending the message to girls that it is their looks that matter above all else and how we need to stop that and pass on a different message as mothers.
Oh, my nuts! Funny post about the things little ones say!
Stop Telling Me it All Goes By Fast! <3 <3 <3 this post! Must read for any parent, especially parents of little ones. You will relate!
Emergency Exit Another funny post, this time about a trip to the emergency room from the perspective of the dad.
I’m not sure all I’ll be posting on this week. I might do a Wordless Wednesday post, I might not. I will be posting a recipe later this week for peppered chicken with carmelized onion!
Are you interested in guest blogging? I have openings for the next two months! Please send me an email at firstname.lastname@example.org if you are interested.