I’m HOPING that last night’s tiny bit of snowfall was the last we’ll see around here, but that might not be the case. I’m so ready for Spring, and I feel like the few days of really nice temperatures were a mean teaser before the degrees dropped to below freezing again. Winter is not my favorite, but I’ve been trying hard to appreciate the things that only come during these cold, dreary months. The fun of snow days have been one way I’ve celebrated. Jake and I going out and playing in the snow in our neighborhood without the kids was another way (this was a few weeks ago). Jake took this snowflake photo with the ollo clip for his iPhone. The flakes were unbelievably huge and it felt a little bit magic to be able to see their shapes on our coats without any magnification.
Just going out together with no real plans or direction can be really freeing. I’m a little uptight sometimes, but Jake really knows how to help me let go and just have FUN. Playful is not my natural state of being, but he gets in goofy moods that make it impossible to not join in the silliness. I’m feeling especially thankful for him lately, because I tilt toward gloomy in the winter and he just lights everything up.
I’ve been trying to take more walks with the kids even though it’s cold. It’s amazing what a walk can do for your mood. (Doing it regularly helps with depression.) Hot chocolate and lattes are good motivators. Starting them young on the coffee shop love.
Ice skating at Crown Center was another fun winter thing we snuck in. A family of friends invited us, which made it so much more fun. Ice skating is really exhilarating, but is also exhausting. It takes an extraordinary patience to do it with kids. (No way could I do it on my own: Jake and I tag team with the kids a bit.)
It was a rocky start for them, but I was impressed that both of the kids were out on the ice without holding onto us by the end! Jonas was so cute on his own in slow mo. He’s independent, so as soon as he figured out he could move without help, he wanted nothing to do with us. But that was after an hour of backbreaking pushing him / holding him up. This was also the first time Eliza didn’t want to stick to the wall the whole time. I think having a friend there with her made her more adventurous.
So this may be the most hipster thing ever, but Jonas keep losing the lids from his kid cups, so Jake punched a straw hole in a mason jar. Jelly jars are great because they’re really hard to break. But it’s not impossible: I broke one yesterday. I break something at least once a week. I should just accept that this isn’t going to change and go buy a bunch of plastic cups.
We have more jars than we can ever use because a family friend got word I was going to try canning last summer and sent us over a boatload, so I’m glad Jake came up with an additional use for them.
Jake cleaned and put sealer on the wood floors in our living room. It only took about 20 minutes, and the difference is fantastic. But, funnily enough, the floors looked so good that we didn’t want to move the falling apart gliding chair back in the room. So we ditched that and picked up this monstrous beauty for $40 on Craigslist:
It was affordable because the footrest was broken. We figured that the worst case scenario was we’d have to make the chair stationary, but Jake and Poppy (my grandpa) figured out how the mechanisms worked and Poppy bent them back / welded them into shape! Also: trying not to become obsessed with the Craigslist app on my phone.
The pretty floor and the pretty chair motivated me to go on a cleaning and rearranging spree. Funny how if a few things look nice, I’ll want to make everything else nice to match. I can’t wait until it is warm enough to do the projects that require open windows or outside painting. But for now, this is good.
I’ve been working hard on something special with Kristin, so Jake and the kids went on an adventure to Science City without me. I’m grateful for the time to work, but sad I missed out on the cool Maker Lab. Eliza got to play with circuits and they saw a 3D printer at work. They even made me a necklace with a cool 3D printed space invaders guy! I’ve been wearing it constantly.
That’s what’s been going on around here! What have you been up to lately?