After a tough start to winter this year, we finally had some days where we could go outside and not have the wind freeze our flesh. It was quite the treat. As I walked around the yard I noticed that the snow was deeper than I remembered it being and that getting that snow in your boots is cold. Over on one side of the yard sat the Christmas tree, waiting in line to be burned in the fire pit during the summer. It still looks really green, but is not as nice as it was in the living room. In my hands were Christmas lights that for whatever reason decided to stop working, ironically just like my preteen son. And then it hit me: I would sure hate to be January.
January — brrr
December gets all the hype, fun lights, gifts, movies,elves, and sweet treats. November gets Thanksgiving which takes food and football and merges them together in merriment. What does January get? Dark days and nights. Cold temperatures. Frozen pipes. Cars that won’t start. Ice covered roads. Garage doors that break. (yes, the replacement of the aforementioned door is happening this week– could be a blog post in that) All of this and the let down emotionally that Christmas has now come and gone once again. Now don’t get me wrong, I enjoy the seasons of the year. I look foward to them in fact. It is just that January seems to get left out of the fun, like that one friend that nobody thinks to call and invite to the movie. Thankfully February shares candy hearts early with everyone, which makes us look forward to spring and February 15th when they get marked down to 50% off.
Yet, as I thought about this I realized that there is a lot of joy to be had in January. Life is full of adventure and experiences. Winter sports are in full swing. Movie nights in the warmth of the living room are a nice treat that does not happen in the summer. Getting out the skis is a fun activity that even the littlest among us can figure out pretty quickly. (I mean how can you look at her and not smile?)
Enjoy each day
Yes, I guess there is joy to be found in every month of the year. It takes looking for something that will brighten your day and doing that. For me it might be getting a cup of coffee and staring out the window for a while. At other times I enjoy pulling my daughter around the yard in the sled or working on some project. Whatever it is for you, get out and enjoy each day because each day is a true gift from God. Yes, even January.
There is something about a pile of leaves that invites us in. I have not taught this to my children; they have figured it out on their own. Sunday afternoon they took some time to create a pile of leaves to jump into. One of them was a slide on the deck. That was creative, but it didn’t last too long.
Sliding into leaves!
Once that was done, they moved on to the yard. The leaves were dry and perfect for jumping and napping in.
Fall photos seem to make the kids that much cuter I think.
We are always at risk of losing one of the children, but 3/4 isn’t bad.
When was the last time you enjoyed some time in the leaves? Kids should not have all the fun!
This week we had snow and all the fun that goes with it. For this week’s Lego Jar I will share a few pictures of that.
The storm that came through last weekend knocked out power for like 40 hours. It got cold in our house so we went to a different house where they had a wood stove. We had a great time using our camping skills indoors.
Making the most of it
Watching a movie
Playing in the snow
She is just cute
Always eating snow
If you go back to a post titled “Drop Where you stop” you will be reminded of my 5 year old’s ability to sleep wherever he lands. This week my 3-year-old showed us that he is also capable of that.
I took him to the grocery store this week and got him a sticker.
One night before bed I asked my 3-year-old son if he had his head on. He said, “no, I don’t need it. I can’t see with my eyes out.” Well, alright then.
My kids came home today with a bunch of Valentine’s Day candy and cards. They were so excited about them that they ran into the house to show me. There was nothing large, but a lot of personal notes on cards. Regardless of the real motives behind the holiday, it is a lot of fun for kids. I especially appreciate the candy hearts and will be looking forward to the sales that start tomorrow.
A school in Massachusetts banned Valentine’s Day candy and cards this year. (story) They claim that it is to keep the burden off families from buying cards or candy. There isn’t a whole lot of burden to this. My kids made cookies and wrapped them in plastic. They brought one for everyone in their class. The intention of making sure everyone gets something is a good one, but is easily remedied by having students bring one for everyone or no one. The bottom line is that you do not need to buy a lot of things to participate.
I think schools need to lighten up a little bit and remember that there are actual children in the school. They already can’t play games that they feel exclude people or are ‘too violent’ They have made a wellness policy that limits things kids can bring in for a birthday treat. Now to limit cards also seems to be taking all the fun out of the school.
That being said, I hope you had a great Valentine’s Day no matter what your relationship status is. There is one who loves you so much that He gave His life for you. His name is Jesus Christ and in Him is the best gift you could ever receive.