Dear Winter, I’m Kind of Over You

Dear Winter,

I have to be honest, I was excited for your arrival. Back in November I couldn’t wait for the first snowfall, or to bundle up and take a long walk, or to celebrate Christmas and New Year! Well, here in the Northeast, by February 1st I am about done with you and I think it’s time you go now, no hard feelings.

A few years ago, when I was a teacher, I loved snow! Because when it snowed, that meant I got the day off of work! Guess what happens when it snows now as a mom? I am stuck inside ALL day with my two babies…which definitely could be worse, but my kids and I tend to go stir crazy after nap-time anyway so the snow makes it even more difficult to act like normal human beings and we’re about ready for it to end.

Winter, here are the reasons I think you should go.

1. Sickness

The only thing I am grateful for when winter comes around is that my kids don’t go to daycare and transmit about every sickness you can think of. Even so, my kids still get sick! On the days it’s not freezing cold or snowing we do try to venture out, which means, we still get exposed to lots of people. I’m about done dealing with stomach bugs, dry skin, runny, stuffy noses, and no sunshine.

2. Being House-bound

If you’re a mom, you know that it’s downright near impossible to get out of the house in less than an hour with kids in the winter. Let alone kids who need SO much help getting dressed! If I decide to leave our house, I need to think about the 10 layers each kid needs to wear, the logistics of getting them both dressed and ready, and not to mention how I am going to get the toddler from our door to the car while carrying the carseat and diaper-bag. I’m exhausted just thinking about it. Getting my toddler in his coat, hat, boots and mittens is like wrestling an alligator, and he’s lucky that he’s so cute ;).

3. Cold

I don’t think I need to explain this one. All I can say is that I’m sick of seeing commercials for tropical resorts and my friends’ Instagram posts about being in Florida. Doesn’t anyone know that we can’t exactly afford a vacation, let alone would ever choose to travel with kids right now?! I used to enjoy skiing and tubing once in a while, and drinking red wine by the fire wasn’t the worst either; but it’s not exactly easy to bring babies to a ski resort and fire, well that’s just dangerous.

4. Sleet, Snow, Slush, Slippery Mess! 

Everything just looks disgusting in the winter to me. I am definitely a summer girl. I miss sunshine, no coats, no shoes for that matter, green grass, butterflies and the sound of the ice-cream man. When I step outside with my two kids, I have to pray that my son doesn’t decide to jump into a big puddle of slush, that I don’t slip on the sidewalk, and that we don’t all get covered in wet snow. I don’t mind a nice snowstorm once in a while and I love playing with my son in the snow, but let’s be honest, how easy is it for me to get outside with a 17 month and 4 month old? Near impossible. Nope, I’m ready for you to leave, Winter.

Winter, I’m kind of over you because we’ve already “enjoyed” you for about 3 months now and I’d like to see Spring sooner or later. Here’s to hoping that the groundhog doesn’t see his shadow! And here’s to celebrating Valentine’s Day for us, since for some reason, bright pink and red hearts and Valentine sweets make me very happy right now :).

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