It’s been an epic winter here. I really struggle when it’s cold, snowy and with the lack of sun. Usually winter in NJ hits 2 out of 3, but since January we have hit all three more than once. Growing up in Western NY winters started in October with Halloween costumes fitting over snow suits and ending some time in April, possibly May. There were ski trips and tubing runs, ice skating and trying to top the amount of snow that the neighboring town got. The world didn’t end if we got 2 feet of snow over night, you got up at 4am and shoveled it out of the way. I used to think I was good at handling winter.
And then I moved to NJ.
Winters in NJ are a little different than Western NY. We are generally about 10-15 degrees warmer, get less snow and more sunshine. If we get more than 3 inches pretty much everything closes down and we wait until the plows finally get to our area. We’ve been stuck inside for weeks because it’s either been too cold for little man to be outside, or it’s too icy for the girls to play! I realize that it’s only March 3rd and we still technically have a few weeks until March 21st – and even then we are not guaranteed that Spring will magically appear.
So I’ve decided that I’m ignoring yet another winter storm that is heading our way and concentrating on the warm Spring days that have got to appear at some point. I’ve made a list of random fun things that we are going to do as soon as the ice/snow/ice/snow layers thaw and we can be outside without getting wind burn.
In no particular order:
* Jump and splash in the puddles from the melting ice and snow. I can’t wait to see the disaster that our driveway will be once the ruts thaw.
* Finally take down the Christmas decorations that are still up on my front porch. All of them.
* Remove the snow pants, snow jackets, boots, mittens, hats, scarves and reclaim my hall closet. I lost control of the mess about 5 weeks ago and I’m letting it go until we are done with the cold winter gear.
* Open up a window and let in some fresh air!
* Clean off the back porch and get it ready for use again. This is the hardest part of winter – I lose the use of both porches and they are an extension of our living space. I can’t wait to throw open the door and tell the kids to play on the porch.
* Add fresh rice to the sand table and let out little man go to town. Last year he was too small to play with the big girls, but this Spring is the perfect time to introduce him to the wonders of rice sand.
* Paint the kitchen. This project has consistently moved to the bottom of my to-do list since we moved in 6 years ago, but it’s time. It’s past time! I’ve got the colors picked out and it’s time to finally finish this project.
Ahh….I’m so ready for Spring now!! What about you? Do you have a list for Spring?