This is the first year I haven't gone out to my parents at some point over the holidays. It did feel a little different and I was sad to miss the family get togethers, especially the snowmobiling and tobogganing fun that is usually had. Mother nature went and made it easier for me... there was actually some really nice days out here. There was sun... although there is often sun... this time it was accompanied with warmish weather and no wind. Unheard of! ;)
So we got outside quite a bit.
Starting with two days of sledding and snowball fights with Riley and Zoe over Christmas on the little hill behind our house.
Then we were invited out to a friends place for some ice fishing and skating fun! That was a colder day but we still had a great time. Jax slept the whole time in the car, making it much easier for me. And Mya woke up but then went back to sleep! No fish were caught but everyone had a good time.
Then we successfully went swimming with 4 kids at the leisure centre. Very little crying occurred and no body sucked up too much water... so that just makes any outing with kids more fun!
Then there were two really nice days where Shayla and I put on our cross country skis and Tristan hopped on the toboggan I was pulling and went for a ski in the field out back. Shayla joined Tristan on the toboggan for most of it, so I got quite the workout!
And yesterday... yesterday was truly unheard of, my kids spent 5 hours outside! 3 hours in the morning sledding on the little hill behind our house, skiing again and then playing in the climbing tree with the neighbours. Then 2 more hours in the afternoon when their cousin, Megan arrived and wanted to go sledding too! It was awesome!
And today was going to be the final harrah in our week of outdoor fun before the cold weather hit again. The plan was to go to Elkwater and go skiing and tobogganing and have a picnic lunch by the woodstove in the little cross country ski hut. I was excited, so when I woke up to blowing snow, yucky weather and Clayton doing his best to deter me, I was disappointed. Especially when Tristan ran around the house waking up the girls and Megan says, 'I think he's excited to go to Elkwater!' Darn.
And sensible Clayton actually won out today, I guess packing up 5 kids, making a picnic lunch, packing up all the gear and enduring windy cold weather and roads with twin babies did just seem like a little much.
I knew Shayla would be totally fine with not going, although she does enjoy the outside... she pretty much has to with this Mom... she would definitely pick shopping and a movie over an outdoor activity every time! (Proving that children are just born with built in personalities, likes and dislikes!)
So I was kind of surprised when I went into the bedroom and told the girls that it was just to cold and windy to go to Elkwater today and Shayla says, 'But I want to go to Elkwater.'
I was like, 'You want to go to Elkwater? Me too Shayla, I am disappointed too.'
'No, Mom,' she says, 'I DON'T want to go to Elkwater. You can just go by yourself. Megan and I just want to play barbies. But you can take Tristan!'
Hahahahaha! I had just miss heard her!
Anyhow... had such a great Christmas holiday. So glad we got to enjoy some great weather for all the outdoor fun!
PS. Tristan and I are going to brave the weather and head outside here shortly... cause that kid will pick the outdoor activity every time!