First it was the peppermint milkshake I got at Chick Fil A. Then it was the white chocolate and peppermint covered pretzels.
OMG, I LOVE those things.
Neither of them are good for the bikini body I’m supposed to be working on before we go on a (much looked forward to) vacation.
Next up was a day at the park. We had a nice time and got some cool pictures, BUT, as the sun began to go down, and we were leaving, we all put the hoods of our jackets up AND broke out the gloves. For the first time since March, it was cold enough for gloves.
Our Sunday evening consisted of watching a Christmas movie on the Hallmark Channel and swapping cotton sheets for flannel sheets.
Finally, this morning, we had to scrape ice off the car windows. ICE. ICE!!!!!
There were things we meant to do over the summer that we never got to. I didn’t eat nearly as much apple and pumpkin things as I meant to. Those will have to wait until next year though, because the talk over the weekend was about where we are going to go to look at holiday lights. (The zoo or the Mormon temple? Both?) Wait, would it be bad if I made a pumpkin bread pudding for Thanksgiving? I like pumpkin bread pudding.
All our Christmas shopping is done.
There’s no denying it, winter is here and my days of going to work with still wet hair are behind me. It’s time to put away my hot pink and yellow “Sun, Waves and Sand” water bottle that I keep at work and break out the silver and red “Let It Snow” one.
This will be out first winter living in the DC metro area and I’m interested to see how it is. Every area has it’s own winter culture. In New York, it’s the decorated store windows and ice-skating in front of the Rockefeller tree. It’s people crowding into your city to watch the ball drop. For us, it was sledding down the little hill next door and shoveling our cars out of snow only to not drive anywhere unless it was absolutely necessary because you didn’t want someone else to take your shoveled parking spot.
This winter there will be no chicken soup from Sweet Pea or pot luck at my job featuring a bouncy castle for the kids. There will be no cat climbing into or eating our Christmas tree.
Despite all the things that will be different this year, I am sure that we will enjoy all that the season brings. Plus, some things will be the same. We’ll decorate for Christmas and Jay will celebrate a birthday. We will deal with sniffles and we will laugh. We will cuddle up under blankets and we will drink copious amounts of tea. I am fortunate enough to (again) have a job that is flexible and understanding. If there are delayed openings or closings at school, it won’t be a problem. On snowy days we will find a new hill to sled down. We will still watch TV together and maybe bake something or play board games.
Mostly, we love doing things as a family. We like each other. (Which is not the same as saying we love each other.) We try to make the most of what we have available to us. So, bring it on Virginia. Let’s do this winter thing together.