Welcome to “Keeping it Real in a Pinterest World,” where Breanne from This Vintage Moment and I explore what it means to live purposefully in a world that bombards us with a million good things.
We’re just two moms on a journey toward being ok with not being able to do it all and fully embracing the season of life that we’re in–with all of its joys and limitations.
Here, we share about our crafting fails, what we’re currently saying “yes” and “no” to, and the beautiful reality of daily life. Won’t you grab a hot drink and join us?
Apparently either my expectations were slightly (and typically) dramatic or we’ve just had milder winters, because so far it hasn’t been all that bad.
Until this year.
The polar vortex continues to circle the Midwest, teasing us with balmy days of 32°F only to plummet to wind chills of -25°F. My weather channel app keeps telling me “limit skin exposure” and “bring pets indoors.”
So. We’re inside a lot.
And while I’m content to stay home more days than not, being unable to go outside has made me just as antsy as my kids.
I’m sure I could search for toddler/pre-k activities on Pinterest, but honestly, if it’s a craft, requires many little pieces, or takes lots of prep time, it’s probably not going to happen at my house. At least not often.
Sure, I’ll spend hours refinishing an easel or making a tent, but doing something crafty with paper plates? Pass.
If that’s your thing, awesome. I will send my kids to your place to do crafts. 🙂
So, here are some simple ways we’ve been making it through (and even enjoying!) our house-bound days.
Simple Ways to Survive Winter
Ok, daily is the goal. Every other day-ish is the reality.
Bun is starting ballet lessons, so I’m living vicariously through her—and this video. She tries to do the moves with me and even baby brother joins in.
I’ve never made it through the whole thing (it’s an hour, I think). But after a half hour or so of stretching, pliés, and tendus we all feel better. And more like real ballerinas.
And Still More Exercise…
If we haven’t done a workout video or been outside lately, I let the kids run laps around the kitchen/playroom or do “races” in the basement. (Which, interestingly, sounds like this: “Ready? 3! Go!”)
If they were older, I’d tell them to run up and down the stairs.
They eventually need some reigning in, but under polar vortex circumstances, I’m willing to deal with a little extra crazy.
This one’s from last summer; in winter, we wear pants.
Ingredients: beach towels + cups/spoons/bowls/colanders/measuring cups/droppers/etc. + warm water.
I put the towels on the kitchen floor and let them go to town pouring water from cup to cup, measuring, and making pretend drinks. The preferred instruments seem to be the fondue ladles.
They do this for at least a half hour with only brief interventions by me.
Yes, the toddler generally ends up soaked. Small price to pay.
Cozy Fire Time
Before we know it, warm days will be upon us. So I’m cozying up by the fire as much as possible these days.
Bun isn’t napping as much lately, so we’ve started doing hot drinks and story time in front of the fire after her “quiet resting time.”
We’ve also started a weekly family picnic dinner on the living room floor. Chipotle + Izzes + big sheet + fire = fun for everyone.
Take Advantage of 25° Days
It sounds completely ridiculous, but lately 25°F feels like the new 50°F. If there’s no skin exposure warning on my weather app, we bundle up and ride bikes, swing, and go for a walk. The cat even ventures out of the garage to join us.
Lots and Lots of Art Time
Nearly every day after breakfast and again while I make dinner, we pull out the Play-dough, scissors and glue, and markers and crayons.
We’ve gone through rolls of white wrapping paper, over-sized coloring books, and drawing pads–and have the fridge to prove it.
Buckaroo is proving more trustworthy with crayons but has not yet grasped the concept of markers.
Lots and Lots of Books
We end up at the library about once a week, even if it’s just to pick up what I have on reserve. I have a list of books to read in 2014 and a list of recommendations from Honey For a Child’s Heart and Read for the Heart that I’m working through with the kids.
(These are my personal favorites for kids!)
Come summer, we’ll be spending more time outdoors than inside reading, so I’m soaking it up now.
How do you survive winter, either with or without kids?
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