Tuesday, January 7, 2014

A Woman in her Thirties Freezes Deep

I love living in Minnesota.  I truly, honestly do.  In the last four years L and I have had many conversations about moving, either back to California or somewhere else, and we both have agreed that it would not be the right thing to do.  There are many factors that play into this decision, all of them equally important.

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:

Connect Four:
My children are far too young to understand the concept of Connect Four, but you know what they love?  Dropping those little checkers and hearing them clink, clink, clink.

Anna sorta-kinda gets what's going on in this game, but she doesn't understand the concept of winning or losing.  Her main objective yesterday was to get both of us to land on the cupcake, and get to the castle together.  Love her.

PBS Kids:
Anna knows how to work the PBS website all by herself.  It's magical.  Magical, I tell you.

Cookies (in her Ariel costume, obvi):
Anna helped me make cookies while Aaron napped.  It was so much fun to watch her get into it, and then super annoying when she wasn't into it anymore and I was stuck with the mess.

I get a lot of use out of our home treadmill, but yesterday's run with Don Draper was much, much, MUCH needed.

Dance Party:
Anna put on her second princess outfit of the day so she could dance with Daniel in the basement for awhile.  Dan was a good sport, but wholly disinterested.

This little basketball hoop has given minutes (minutes!) of entertainment to my sweet Aaron.  He's a natural, and obviously gets his skillz from me.

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.  


  1. I wish was I there to bake and dance in princess gowns! Even in Butt @ss cold weather your house is the best!

  2. Holy. Cold. You'd have to love it there or I really have no idea how you'd get through it. And even though your ridiculously adorable children look perfectly content playing with their toys, I'm glad you made it to the mega!! ;)

  3. I think you should move. To Cali. Now! Before you freeze. So I can see those faces in person more often:)

  4. SO glad you are not moving! My grandchildren are the luckiest kids ever!

  5. How is it that *I* am exhausted reading about your day? And has Sven been outsourced by Google text weather. Okay yeah, probably more accurate.

  6. Loved the pictures and the narrative, especially the one of Anna through the vase. Donezo.

  7. That photo of Anna through the vase! PRICELESS!! It's like a Tums commercial...probably appropriately, I imagine.