I have been trying to avoid posting about the weather. We live up north and its February. We get cold, we get snow, that is just the reality.
But this winter has been exceptionally hard. I mean it has been below zero more days than I can count on my fingers. And with 4 kids, it just seems to make life impossible. It takes us SO LONG to get bundled up, get into the car, get out of the car, get into a building, get unbundled….
And it doesn’t help that we can only walk as fast as our slowest walking family member – who happens to only be 3.
I mean yesterday, after swimming at the local Y, our hair (despite being covered with multiple layers) FROZE on the way to the car.
I am so ready for spring.
But, despite being cold, I have been able to stay off of my medications and avoid falling into my normal state of Seasonal Affective Disorder, in large part due to a new supplement that I have made a part of my daily routine (stay tuned for that post tomorrow, along with the opportunity to score some FREE samples!!).
So what did we do over February break to avoid completely losing our minds? With Joy being our focus this month, I really wanted to put everything on hold and make the week feel like an actual vacation. I stayed off of the computer, putting blogging, answering emails, and writing on hold for the week to just focus on time with the girls. I am so glad that I made that choice because we had a lot of fun picking a pretty good mix of staying in with some fun activities and braving the cold in favor of being out of the house….
In the beginning of the week we had some awesome out of town visitors staying with us. The girls we SO EXCITED to spend time with their Aunt Alex and their cousin Makenzi….
We spent a day going to the movies and taking the kids out for hibachi (the only restaurant where the entertainment is free!!). The next day we went to our MOPs kids carnival – which I have no pictures of because I was too busy chasing kids going in 5 different directions….But it was fun, I promise and then spent the rest of the day at home hanging out with Aunt Alex, playing games and watching movies!
We spent an entire day hanging out with friends in our PJs!
Mid week we dealt with some fevers and coughs, forcing us to be housebound for about 48 hours. But we made the best of it by having a tea party, followed a surprise chocolate fondue party that was a HUGE hit!
And that night, Gabbi wanted to play trainer – which is really just an excuse to boss mom around while she works out – but I had a blast having her as my workout buddy and she pushed me harder than I would push myself normally. Something about trying to set an example for my girls always tends to make me work harder at everything – workouts included….
Friday was Leah’s birthday, so we decided to brave the ridiculously frigid cold and go to Strong Museum. Apparently everyone was feeling cooped up, because it felt like the entire city of Rochester threw on their snow pants and headed over to the museum. The trip was fun, but we cut it short due to their being so many people there. Strong Museum, we love you, but we probably won’t be back again during a school break.
We actually had a really great week. Breaks don’t always feel like vacation when you only have 1 kid in school, but we made a point to be intentional about making it feel like a stay-cation. I’m hoping for a much warmer spring break, but I don’t have my hopes set too high with it being so early this year….
I suppose if I do have to spend a season frozen and cooped up indoors, at least I get to do it with the 4 ladies who melt my heart everyday….