Monday, January 16, 2012

In the Bleak Midwinter

I took Chloe & Sophia sledding the other day.  My friend has an awesome sled run right in her front yard, and the girls love it.  I'm so glad they love the snow, because they inspire me to try...

Like much of the rest of the country, we've had something of a strange winter.  On New Year's Eve, we only had about 5 or 6 inches of snow on the ground.  And while I realize that that seems a lot for all of you who had no snow on the ground, it was pretty much nothing around these parts.

This is my third winter here in the Winter Wonderland, and we've usually had so much snow that there is about 36 inches still on the ground by Christmas.  Yes.  That's 3 feet.  And that's normal.

One would suppose that someone like me would be happy for the lack of snow (easier to drive!)(no shoveling!)(it will melt faster!), but I surprised myself by actually wishing for more.  I think I've grown to kind of like the crazy amounts of snow we get.  And besides?  Whatever would we do without Winter Carnival to keep us entertained during the dreary days of winter?

Well, it would seem I got my wish, and quite a bit more snow fell this past week. The kids were thrilled, even if I was dubious.

I think I do need to get into cross-country skiing.  Not only would it give me some exercise, I think it will help me appreciate the snow and the cold.  (I don't appreciate the cold, by the way.)  And maybe it will even help me get my personality back from January-March. So, instead of the list of many other things we could buy, It looks like The Maestro and I are going to save up and outfit our family with cross-country gear. I'm finding myself rather excited about the prospect.  (Who AM I?)(My personality really IS gone!)(When in Rome, you know...)

Will it happen this winter?  Hopefully.  But, you know, we have all that orthodontia to worry about, too.

Speaking of which, I need to do a little photoshoot with Miss Bria and her new braces.  She's pretty adorable, I must say.  Stay tuned.

And speaking of photos.  If I haven't been keeping up with this blog very well, it's because I have no personality right now, but also because I have been quite diligent at posting Project 365 over at the photo blog.  Pretty sure you'll be able to figure out what's up at our house by checking out the photo-a-day.

And I think it will be quite evident that what is up at our house is a whole lot of snow...
Lara Neves
Lara Neves

Lara is mom to three daughters—two teens and a tween. She loves to share her parenting and homemaking triumphs and failures here at Overstuffed! She was diagnosed with Lyme disease in 2015 and has been fighting it ever since. When she isn't working on her mother of the year award, you can find her reading, singing, or taking photos.


  1. I agree - invest in some great snow shoes or cc skiing for the winter element of exercise. I'd do it with you, but know. Great pics by the way! Winter pics are the best!

  2. I've never tried cross-country skiing. I hope you get a chance to get started on that soon! Sounds fun.

  3. ah, we also want to start this sport, because traditional skiing became way to expensive, not to mention slightly dangerous, due to all untrained people playing stupid on the slope :((

  4. Oh, what a fun idea! I've only been snow shoeing. It was fun.

    I also dislike the cold, but I prefer it over extreme heat. Especially when I am sitting in my house under a blanket. (as opposed to the summer in my house when I can barely breathe it's so hot.)

  5. I so agree with you on the personality change Jan - Mar. We usually have more snow as well, and I have to admit that I am okay with it not. Come summer when I can't water my lawn, I might feel differently : )

  6. I'm a little concerned by how little snow that we have had so far. Supposedly we are getting more tomorrow. Here's hoping!

    Looks like the tubing was fun!

  7. Dang, that snow makes me almost miss Utah. Almost. I've had that same kind of nostalgia this winter. Also, I've got to get a real camera.

  8. I went xcountry skiing for the first time in a few years and it was wonderful! I think it is the perfect way to gain appreciation for winter here...and a great way to burn calories, to boot! I would be happy to go out with you if you get some equipment :) My husband doesn't ski and my boys won't be ready to hit the trails with mom for a few years yet...