Wednesday, February 06, 2008

Winter Boredom

Oh, what do you do in the wintertime, when all the world is grey...and snowy...and wet...and freezing...
Can you tell how much I love January and February?  The weather really isn't any better here in March, but for some reason I start to see the light at the end of the tunnel.  The winter isn't all bad though - we get to be a little bit lazy, and sometimes that's nice.  This is all we do these days:

Read books (the only place we ever go is the library or the grocery store)
Play Oceans.  I guess that needs a little bit of an explanation (and so does this picture).  Noah is obsessed with sharks and when it was my turn to teach preschool last month I did an Ocean theme.  Noah has talked about oceans non-stop since then.  We got "ocean" books from the library and when Noah earned a prize for doing his responsibility chart he picked out this packet of plastic fish (Target, $3).  It has provided hours of entertainment.  The kids favorite "ocean" game is "deep-sea diving" which consists of me dumping the plastic fish on the rug, covering them up with a heavy blue blanket and the kids crawl underneath and "catch" fish.  This picture is Noah with his beloved fish.  The pot on his head is where the fish "sleep."  Don't ask me, I don't know where he comes up with this stuff : )
Bake treats.  Today it was muffins.  We made a batch of 12 and within 10 minutes there were only 5 muffins left.  And my dining room was a disaster.  I like to bake and Noah loves to help me and we all love treats.  It's a nice little activity to break up the day and give us something to do.  The problem is it also gives us something yummy (and usually bad for you) to eat.  And I seem to have no self-control in this department.  This, combined with a broken treadmill and yucky weather (i.e. no running) is not good.  NOT GOOD, I tell you.


Thank goodness for preschool..I think Noah (and ok, me) would go insane without it.  Poor Alex, she sobs every time Noah leaves.  

Well, it's 11:30 and I think we'll do some pilates now.  The kids usually have fun rolling around on the floor for about 10 minutes...then they start climbing and jumping one me while I lay on the floor...why do I even bother?  Oh well, it's pretty funny : )

And yes, it's 11:30am and we're all in our PJ's.  My excuse: we've all got colds and therefore won't be leaving the house today so, really, what's the point?  

8 comments:

Tillmann Fam said...

Don't you just love Cleveland weather! I'm so ready for spring. It's only the beginning of February, and I'm already anxiously counting down the days! I'm impressed you even attempt to exercise! The most I get these days is the walk down the stairs to get the mail :)

Elise said...

Oh Summer, you can probably tell that I feel exactly the same way about this awful gloomy weather. What's with all the rain?! I'd rather have it snow, and that's huge, I'm just not a fan of winter I guess. Maybe if the sun came out more than twice a year it would be better. I love that you're still in jammies at 11:30, we do that all the time. Oh and we play "sharkies" everyday too. I loved your blog about Alex and her sassy comments, she's so cute!

Michele and John said...

i love the picture of noah with the pot on his head, he looks so big! and being in your pjs til 11:30 is nothing, I did't get out of mine today until i finally showered at 3pm!

Carrie Anne said...

What a wonderful mother you are!:) I totally understand. If I didn't have Rebecca driving me nuts constantly, I'd go insane, too, being stuck inside and such. I know the weather is so horrible there especially with the gray, but I still miss it, because we've gotten SO MUCH SNOW! I'm guilty of the treat thing, too. It's so easy when it's cold outside!:)

Sarah said...

I hate being stuck inside! It has been raining here like all month and we've had sick kids so I've felt totally stir crazy. I also love baking and so does Anna when it's cold and rainy, so I've been eating too many treats, too! Hopefully it'll warm up a little bit soon! And I think we're going to have to try and play "sharkies" I know Anna would love it!

collette crew said...

I love this idea of hiding the fish and hunting for them. Dylan will love it! Thanks! This weather is crazy! I hope we all survive it.

clevelandites said...

I have to say that I am very tired of this gray dreary weather as well. I am getting very tired of picnics with pretend food and playdoh and coloring. Of course Hallei doesn't want to do these things by herself. She always wants me there playing too. I keep hoping that when Elle gets a little older that they will be able to play and I will be able to do something that I want to do or maybe the dishes or something. We do need to get together although we are usually in our jammies or in a big mess, but we could have a jammie party! Preschool keeps me from going insane as well. Hope to see the sunshine soon!
Amanda

gregandlaura said...

Oh! I hate nasty weather! Do not miss the cleveland cold though! :) I love the creativity though!