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We live outside Chicago. We used to live IN Chicago. The heart of downtown actually. But children changed that. The midwest has not been spared this winter. Chicago in particular has not been spared. We have been getting snow since before Thanksgiving. Our days of negative temperatures are well into the double digits.

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I am sick of it. We all are. I can at least speak for my family and say that it has to end. It is March. We are so so cold. Two years ago, in March, it was in the 80’s and I had Jack in his baby pool outside in our yard! How I long for those days. We have gotten around 70 inches of snow total. That is too much for me.

I have been daydreaming about our firepit. Roasting marshmallows and having s’mores. Prego wants a damn s’more! Jack said to me the other day on our way into the store, “Mommy I don’t like the cold. I want it to be warm. I want to play soccer outside.” Me too little man, me too. We had nightly post dinner soccer games in our backyard. It was so much fun. I miss it. I want to go to the park. Have a lunch picnic. I want to go to the Farmer’s Market on Friday afternoons. Jack and I getting our kettle corn and heading to the park to play before we head home to make dinner and relax.

I want warmth. I want sunshine on my face. Today I moved our laundry room door’s blind aside to check for a package. The sun was beaming in. It hit my face. It felt hot! I actually stood there for a moment, closed my eyes, and let the sun roast my cheeks. I wished there wasn’t a door between us.

I wish for summer.

I will let Olaf finish up this post for me.

“And I’ll be doing whatever snow does in summer. A drink in my hand, my snow up against the burning sand. Probably getting gorgeously tanned in summer.”

Frozen has all the answers.

I recall a season when I had a lot of time to get posts written. I was tired and nearly delirious from lack of sleep at night, but man did that baby sleep a lot during the day! This meant if I wasn’t also napping I had more free time to write. I don’t have that free time anymore! He does nap once a day for 2 hours at least. But that first hour I use for my workout and the 2nd is assorted other things.

I have begun a number of posts earlier in the morning without finishing because Jack wakes up before I am done. I have saved them all, perhaps one day I will finish those and post them! (That is funny!)

Jack is 1. Well heading into 13 months at this rate. In less than 2 weeks he will be 13 months! He is amazing and wonderful. He has me in awe daily. He has started to show his stubborn personality as well. I don’t think either of us is surprised or confused about that. If you know my husband and myself you know we are two of the most stubborn people around. We are very like minded though, which is why it works for us. Sometimes I have to laugh at Jack’s temper because I see myself. I try to not laugh too much, as I don’t want to totally encourage it. But sometimes it is just too funny. He is a mini me! MINI ME!

Jack's "mommy face" as my hubby calls it

Mini Me and well me!

We are all done nursing. For over a week now we have been completely done. Let me tell you, I have been enjoying wine and other assorted beverages. Naturally when there is someone else or other people around. No getting hammered during the day by myself! Ha! It sure is nice to be able to share a bottle of wine with my hubby. I know some say drinking while nursing is ok and safe but I was never really comfortable enough with the idea to have more than a few sips once or twice.We all make our parenting choices and that was mine. Not saying it is the only way to operate or knocking anyone who sees it differently. I sure drank a great deal of coffee while nursing. I am addicted to it 🙂 We are all different!

It went surprisingly well, weaning. I did it over one week. That wasn’t too bad because we had essentially been down to 3 nursing sessions a day. I had one bad attitude day from him. The 2nd day. But he got over it and it went unnoticed on his part for the rest of the week and stopping the rest of the nursings! I was a little sad he didn’t notice. I was sad that it was over. But at the same time I am enjoying not feeling worried if I go to the store or a bridal shower without him. I can! My hubby is completely capable of keeping him fed, watered, and alive.

My home gym keeps coming along. I added a step for more aerobic dvd’s. I love it. I went running twice this weekend. February has been incredibly mild in Chicago. Excellent running weather. I decided since I didn’t have to wait around for Jack to get up before I do things so I can nurse him, I went running both days. Jason home with him. It felt amazing.

This week I am working on a Skinny Ms. Challenge. Not a month long one. Maybe soon I will work up to that. Just a 7 day Abs Challenge I started yesterday. I found it to be rather easy. A little tough at the end because I was tired. I had just run 3.2 miles before I started my ab work. The reverse crunches, all 50, were a little hard too. Over all not too bad though. Today I will do Monday’s, obviously. I will write (I hope…) about this all once I am done. My guess is my abs feel kind of fried next Saturday!

That is a brief update. I have a million other things going on, but I should tend to them now.

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