There are a few inches of snow outside, and it’s very, very cold. For the past couple of days, we’ve been flirting with zero degrees, and our furnace is working extra hard to keep up. Thank goodness for the asbestos sealing, duct cleaning, and furnace maintenance done just in time!
After a couple of rough weeks with Lily, things have gotten a little bit better. I’m happy to report that in the past few days we’ve had relatively few tantrums and little miss seems a little happier. Yesterday, we had a play date at our house, and it was such a relief just to hunker down at home but also have the diversion of friends. Today, we braved the cold for story time and the toy library, as well as some new books and a little walk in the snow. Both days, I got to spend some one on one time with Lily, and it really does make all the difference. Our conversations are so sweet. They include the names of all our loved ones (“Daddy Joshua. Mommy Ellie. Sister Billie. RaRa Sarah…” And so on.), the what’s that game, and fantastic day dreams about Costa Rica and Mexico (“Go to Costa Rica in airplane! Swim with fishies! Eat bananas like a monkey! Every day, family day!”).
Despite the temps, I’ve mustered up the courage to go running, and while it’s no small feat of persuasion to get myself to brave the cold, I’ve been rewarded both times with snow crunching beneath my feet and an unparalleled quiet.
Today, I’m thankful for:
1) Winter runs.
2) Vacuumed and scrubbed floors! Scrubbed kitchen!
3) Indoor play dates.
4) Time alone with each of my girls.
5) Another long weekend with my man coming up. Sheesh! We really are so spoiled!