What’s saving my life right now
I know that time outside, soaking up as much sunshine as possible from our often bleak winter sky is necessary for my health and happiness this time of year. Whether it’s sledding, a short walk or a more elaborate snowshoeing excursion, I need time outside frequently to feel more like myself.
It’s difficult to make that happen on a regular basis with a tiny one, but we’re working on it. One of my goals this year is to take each of my three big kids hiking one-on-one each month. At this point in the year that looks more like snowshoeing. While I’ve already semi-failed at this one (due to illness, I missed one of my kids in January), I’m going to keep going with it. Hitting that goal on some months will be better than not trying at all. And when we do make it out, I love the dedicated solo time with my little people. Ellie (12) is a non-stop talker. When she gets a chance to talk to a parent uninterrupted, it seems she’s preparing for a most words per minute race. The parent needs to make appropriate noises periodically, nod and smile when necessary, but she carries the conversation along and darts from subject to subject like she’s been saving a list of topics in her mind for weeks and can’t decide which to talk about first.
One of my boys has surprised me with how much he looks forward to our time together. It makes him so happy to have me all to himself. He holds my hand and we talk about silly things. Every two minutes he says, “I like to be with you Mama.” Or “I love you Mama”. Then slowly he begins to tell me stories about funny things his friend said, or elaborate hero battles he’s enacted in his head.
Creative Time Together
My habit of painting or drawing something every day (now in my third year) is a huge source of joy and inspiration for me. You can follow along on Instagram to see what I’m creating every day.
Time with Friends
Fun Things to Watch
What is helping you stay sane this winter?
Head to Modern Mrs. Darcy for some more mid-winter inspiration.
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