Saturday, October 25, 2014

We Made It

...through our first Michigan winter! It felt long. Everyone agreed with us. It felt cold. Bitterly cold. And it was.

 Getting to know this blue-eyed boy filled a lot of our time, day and night! 

 We ventured outside when the temps were above 20 degrees but never for long - Lucy wanted to stay outside longer, Michael was (usually) in tears within 3 minutes of being outside (Texas born?!) and we had to go out during Gordon's naps - he wasn't a fan of the cold ether.  

(We have better hopes for outside play this upcoming year... proper coats and boots have been purchased)

 We had a lot of PJ days in the house (more than I'd like to admit). 

 This kid didn't complain about staying in his PJs all day. :) 

 When we did venture out of the house - one of our favorite places to go was Impression 5, the children's science museum here in Lansing. They have such fun indoor (warm) activities for the kids to do. Always a fun way to get out some wiggles and run around. 

 Gordon - the third wheel on a few date nights! :)

 Painting was a favorite activity of the kid's - here they wanted to paint paper bowls to make leprechan hats (what? - where'd they get that idea I'll never know. I love their creativity.)

 When the snow started to melt we raced outside as fast as we could!

 Lucy and I went to our first Play together with some friends of ours, it was a Jr High production of Pinkalicious. Here's Lu with her sweet buddy Lorelei, all decked out in PINK! 

 Snuggling with this kid was a highlight of the winter. Body heat? Happy heart? Yes. 

The kids dreamed of the summer-time! Playing "beach" was something that happened often.

Another indoor activity: Fort building! Our living/dining room and kids bedroom were often commandeered for this creative play. :) 

I made these cool "fort blankets" out of an old sheet and a few baby blankets - they've made the actual "fort building" process much easier for the kids! :) All it is is a button hole and ribbon - try it!

 Snuggling in blankets was encouraged - passing time in the winter cuddled up on the couch was wonderfully relaxing. Especially when there was a book or two involved.  

Mommy and Daddy's bed was also a fun place to cuddle up as a family. These kiddos... so sweet. I love how they love each other. 

 We explored the Fredrick Meijer Gardens during their butterfly exhibit in the early spring during a visit to Grand Rapids. 

 Michael insisted on wearing his rain coat, which was 3/4 sleeved length on him! Ha!

 It felt heavenly inside the humid and warm room where the butterflies were. Haha - never thought I'd say that humidity was heavenly. :) 

 During that same trip to Grand Rapids we also visited the Children's Museum - it was a fun day. 

 The arrival of spring gave everyone in our family a renewed excitement about life! The winter blues aren't a joke friends! (vitamin D is on the strategy list for this upcoming winter!) 

I'm writing this in late October and as our second Michigan winter approaches, I'm gearing up for it with a sometimes pessimistic but trying to be optimistic attitude. We'll visit the library and Impression 5 often - and bible study is a weekly time to get out of the house. I feel more settled in our house this year and don't have an infant in the house anymore. I feel a little more confident in our routine and my ability to corral three kids out of the house. We'll survive, I'm confident of that. :) Do you have any make-it-through winter tips?

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