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Saying “Yes” to Snow Days

I always question myself in the twenty minute madness. Will this be worth it?  The coats, the hats, the boots, the snow pants, the mittens, the layers…it’s a task to bundle up four.

Without fail, someone puts on boots before putting on snow pants.  And the next one has mittens on and can’t put on his boots. And help us all if I forgot to ask them to go to the bathroom first! 

getting multiples ready to play in the snow

But we both look at each other knowingly. This is probably winter’s last hoorah, and we’ll soon welcome spring with gladness.  There are tasks that can wait, things that can be put off for an hour or two… we have this moment together before it melts away.

bundling up four boys for the snowsnowball fight eagle creek park

The quietness of the white-painted tress, the deer that crossed the path, the rosy cheeks and cold noses, the mittened hands that learned to roll snowmen, a quick gentle kiss in the midst of the winter wonderland – these are the memories I slip deep in my pocket. Yet the majesty of God’s handiwork is what took my breath away.

snow trails at eagle creek park winter

     sledding at eagle creek park

We were alone in the snowy wonderland, just the six of us. Well, ten if you count the snowmen.  It was a  private party to celebrate winter weather. Yes, even in March.

building giant snowmen eagle creek park indianapolissnow day at eagle creek park 

Was it messy?  Was it a lot to put away? Was it an interruption to our schedule? Indeed.

Was it worth saying “yes” to?  Without a doubt.

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Born Together. Sled Together.

Sledding with Multiples

Speaking of SNOW… this year has been the best sledding year on record for our boys. Our church is home to the “sledding hill” of our community, and this snow it turned into a pure sheet of ice from all of the traffic.

Five year old legs certainly can climb the sledding hill better than four year or three year old legs!  {Phew!!!} Watching from the top of the hill is much better than lugging 1 or 2 up the hill! Although I’m not sure it burnt as many  hot chocolate and marshmallow calories that I might have later consumed in bulk.

And of course, there’s a favorite way for our multiples to go down the hill – simultaneously of course!  Born together, Sled together. 

Or something like that…

 

What outdoor winter activities do you enjoy with your kids?

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Simple Outdoor Adventures for Boys {Day 27}: Bundle Up on a Cool Day

Day 27 Bundle Up for a Walk Simple Outdoor Adventures for Boys


Bundle Up And Get Outside When The Temps Start to Drop…

   Supplies:

  • Warm Layered Clothing {hats, scarves, gloves, coats, etc}
  • Hot Chocolate or Cider

When our temperatures start to consistently dip into the 40’s, my instinct is to hibernate indoors with the kids.  I’m prone to indoor (inactive) days that lead to the “winter blahs”.  However, I know how good the fresh air and movement is for all of us – honestly, it’s a game changer some days. 

Sure, it’s a chore to bundle up. {Hello, 4 pairs of shoes and gloves!} And that chill in the air starts to have BITE this time of year. {Explain why I live in Indiana again?} However, the quicker you move, the warmer you get.  And the faster you can be sipping hot cocoa – at least that’s our motivator!

Jog around the block, play a game of touch football in the backyard, or take a nature walk and observe the changes of the season. The more you practice getting out on the cooler days, the easier it gets to appreciate even the cooler days outdoors.  Conditioning – YOU CAN DO IT!!!! 

  Helpful Tips/Resources:

* Keep it short to start out.  Shoot for 10- 15 minutes.

* Dress appropriately.  Don’t skimp on the layers.

* Find a good motivator/reward for braving the cold – a story around the fireplace, hot chocolate, or a warm bath playtime.  

What are your tips for braving the cooler days and getting outside? 

As we near the end of 31 Days of Simple Outdoor Adventures for Boys remember you can find each adventure HERE.

Also, you can follow the Simple Outdoor Adventures Pinterest Board as well!

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