So keep that in mind when I say this: The weather here SUCKS. There is no way around it. And in the last few days, it has sucked in a way it hasn't sucked in over forty years. Here is an image of the weather text I got on Monday morning, to just to make you understand:
Yes, you are reading that right. The HIGH is the coldest I've ever been, ever.
Ever wonder what happens to your windows in that kind of weather? This:
One thing I've learned about myself being a stay-at-home Mom is that I'm really not good at the stay at home part. I have many friends who have gasped at how booked our schedules are, weekends included. We don't have down time, we don't have lounge-around-the-house mornings. We are go, go, go, seven days a week, unless someone is sick and we're forced not to be. It is better for everyone that way.
So when I knew that Monday was going to be... I think the technical term is 'butt as$ cold'... I got a little panicky. One day-- at least-- stuck indoors. Here's how we (barely) survived:
Cookies (in her Ariel costume, obvi):
I tried to document everything we did yesterday. There was lots of reading, lots of hide and seek... but despite my greatest efforts, things fell apart around 4:30. I made this soup from the Pioneer Woman, which turned out totally gross and flavorless. The kids were done with me. Done-zo.
That was when I got an expletive-laced text from a friend who told me school was cancelled again tomorrow. I did some yoga breaths and sat the kids in front of Little Einsteins to get my head together.
And decided that I didn't care what the temperature was, if I didn't get us all out of the house today it was going to be bad news.
So here's a pic of us this morning, at Minnesota's Great Mega Mall of Monstrosity:
Because I might not be a hard-core Minnesotan, but I'm raising two little ones who most likely will be. Bearing the miserable cold is worth it, for all of us.