February 24, 2015

Enjoying Winter...

I love this one of me and a bundled-up Nathan on the lift

When you have six feet of snow in your yard, what should you do?  Head north and play in more snow!  

We spent a week in the Vermont mountains. Overall, we had a really nice time, despite the initial brutal cold and an accident on the second day that caused a serious knee injury for one of our friends. He will be having surgery this week as a result. That definitely put a damper on the trip, but he maintained an amazingly positive attitude about it all and refused to allow it to impact the rest of us. The conditions were wonderful, and it was nice to see the advantage of getting so much snow this winter. The kids are getting so good, too, which is really fun to watch.

I wonder how many years in a row I can take this same picture from the top

Now we're home and getting back into our routine. The winter is going to get old pretty quickly now that our ski trip is behind us, and I find I'm already dreading spring. Don't get me wrong - seeing my grass again will be nice, but I hate the cold and rainy days of March and April. I'm also going to be working a lot during the next couple months. 

I need to find some positives and focus on those to get me through. Plan some outings with friends, date nights, play-dates for the boys, make some music mixes and spend quality time with new albums, organize an area of the house...anything to help us muddle through the hardest part of the year. I'm grateful to birthday party invitations for the boys, and I'm reminded that Kevin's birthday and my own are both in those awful months, so at least that gives us an excuse to celebrate.

I should remind myself, though - It's not spring yet. A few more inches of snow coming tonight. Maybe we can fit in some more skiing...


  1. I love that picture of you two at the top!

    I am always amazed by your attitude towards winter. I don't know how you do it!

    How do you even drive when there's 6ft of snow on the ground?! In DFW when the roads were bad the transportation dept would send out salt trucks, but we don't even have that out here in West Texas.

    1. Hollie - thanks! I actually love winter, and in general, we are prepared for it up here. Everything changed when I got a good pair of boots. :-)

      We have lots of snow plows and sand trucks and dump trucks for snow removal and even snow melting machines. This winter has been crazy, and we've had other cities/states coming in to help out. This has been a bit much, but in general I really do love the snow. It's the mud that's left after it melts that gets me, so I plan to enjoy it while it's here.

      It's been funny this week, watching all the schools down south get closed due to ice and an inch of snow. My facebook feed is full of pictures from my NC friends, whining and moaning. Cracks me up. That said...I'll take a few feet of snow over ice any day!

  2. I'm sure you've seen this floating around the internet, but I saw it the other day and it made me think of you! https://www.pinterest.com/pin/137008013640719181/

    Emma's school closed twice last week, and both days the roads were fine! I've enjoyed the winter we have had, mostly because I know summer will be here soon, so I'm saving my complaining for that. :)

    1. Ha! I had not seen that picture - how awesome. Yes, we all have our worst seasons, don't we? Ironically mine is not winter. I still love the snow. The rain and mud are coming soon...


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