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Staying Warm & Looking Good

Winter seems to have come early around here. And it means business. The ‘real feel’ when C has to head off to school every morning has been in the single digits, or in the negative, for pretty much all of November. Even the walk from the car in to the school has caused tears for both children, because they’re sooooo cold! We piled on hats and gloves and zipped their coats up all the way, but their cute little cheeks were still unbearably cold.

I gave up my scarf for D on a particularly cold and windy morning, so he could make it back to the car. But a scarf – even one of their own instead of mine – didn’t seem like a good long term solution. I already spend plenty of time helping them get ready – zipping coats, putting on D’s gloves, helping with boots… I didn’t want to add one more thing to my list. I felt like we’d never get out the door in the morning!

In came a homemade, fleece, very small infinity scarf type thing. I’m sure there’s an actual name for it, but I don’t know what it is.

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I had some fleece leftover from other projects, so it was just the right price and pretty simple to make. I basically followed the instructions from this tutorial. I didn’t take the time to do a hidden stitch to finish closing them up. I had thread that was an almost exact match for the fabric, and just decided it was okay if the stitches were showing a bit 🙂 I got both of these done in about a half hour while the kids watched a show, so overall it was pretty easy project.

The kids LOVE these. Their cheeks and noses stay warm, they can put them on all by themselves and the kids are pretty sure they look like ninjas when they wear them. Winning!

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I Hate Iowa Winters

I have lived in Iowa all my life, but I still hate winter. I don’t just dislike winter, I hate it. Hate is a strong word, I know. I tell my kids it’s not a nice word and discourage them from using it. But it’s pretty much the only way to describe my feelings towards the season. I am cold ALL THE TIME. The kids don’t get to play outside regularly and we all go stir crazy. We can’t make simple plans to go visit friends or family who live less than 30 miles away, because we never know how the roads are going to be. Not only is it cold, but it feels dark. Sometimes I think we’re lucky to get 8 hours of daylight. Less than 24 hours after the snow stops falling, and it’s no longer pretty and white, it’s dirty and gray.  And did I mention that I’m ALWAYS cold!?!

As a result of these extreme feelings, I’m not a huge fan of fall either. It’s not really fall’s fault, but winter does come right after it.  So as the temperatures start to cool down and the days get shorter, I can’t help but think about winter and get resentful towards fall. The picture below popped up on my Timehop today. Apparently, a year ago, we were worrying about snow already. (See why I don’t like fall…)

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When I first saw this today, I thought, “Ugh! I hate winter!” Then I said to myself, “Don’t jump the gun with the winter hating. This was last year’s forecast.” And then, I actually looked at this week’s forecast – you know, just to be sure – and saw that they’re predicting highs in the 70’s this weekend! What am I doing worrying about winter? I should be enjoying the good stuff while I can! So that’s what I plan to do this week 🙂

However, I’m sure it won’t be long before I’m daydreaming about moving someplace warm(er). At least for one winter. For any winter lovers out there, or any fellow winter haters who have figured out how to survive with a smile on your face, I ask, What is your secret?

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