I realized yesterday how much more I am enjoying this winter compared to last year. It is no surprise I guess. The shear amount of snow we had last year made it difficult to avoid being edgy and a little depressed at how long it would take for the grass to show in the spring.
We have a good amount of snow this year but it is a normal amount. The grass has probably a foot and a half in the back yard. Of course, our front has the usual mountain from shoveling but that's our play area and we had a lot of fun with it last night.
After supper the girls had more than the usual amount of verve and it was driving John and I a bit batty. The driveway needed one more shoveling so John suggested I take the girls outside with me (interesting how he suggested that I take them outside while he stay in the nice warm house. Hm. Nice one!). We had a great time out there. We climbed and climbed and laughed and fell.
I've never taken them out to play after supper before during the winter. Usually that's our wind-down time but I'm going to do it more often. It set them up to have a great sleep and be totally worn out.
Me too, actually.
I'm also finding more ways to enjoy this winter myself. I've developed a nice routine of skating the canal of Monday evenings with Julie and Meredith. Even if the ice conditions are crappy, like last night (there were actually three guys mountain biking on the canal if that tells you anything), we have a great time together and it is wonderful to be outside on a winter night. This weekend I hope to go cross-country skiing for the first time in years. My ass will feel it the next day without a doubt.
How are you enjoying this winter?