With a bunch of big storms hitting the US this weekend, I am wondering what everyone's weather is like and what you are doing with your family/kids. (Non-US-residents, I want to know about your weather too!)
We are on day 2 of a four-day "monster storm" in California. Yesterday it really didn't rain all that much in my area, but it's been raining fairly steadily this morning. The kids were cooped up yesterday, although they did help DH with some furniture painting in the garage and jumped in muddy puddles (a la Peppa Pig) with their rain boots on. Today is more indoor time, but with three hours of church in the afternoon. DD will get two hours of play in the nursery, and DS (Feb 13) is starting in the 3yo class today. And I am starting as the teacher of the 5yo class. Should be interesting.
Tomorrow we are meeting up with a friend and her kids for a Pop-Up Playdate our Parks and Rec department runs.
Post by crimsonandclover on Jan 8, 2017 13:54:04 GMT -5
It has been a cold, snowy week, which is actually pretty unusual. Temps at night have gotten below 0 F (they've been -18 C), which happens maybe once every winter. This is also the first snow we've gotten this year. The dds are loving it!
Windchills are supposedly as low as -2* F today. We came out of church this morning and the cold/wind was actually shocking. We got maybe an inch of snow Thursday night, but it was enough for some of the schools to delay Friday morning. Later this week it's supposed to warm up into the 40's and even low 50's. I hope we get a decent snow storm this winter, I bought the kids snow gear and DD would love to go out and play in it. I almost took her out on Friday, but it was really cold that day too and there was barely enough snow on the ground to do anything with.
We are sick. So sick. I think maybe it's the flu even though we had flu shots. So it's been lying on the couch watching Octonauts for many many days. DD has missed a week of preschool. DS apparently had the 24 hour version, so he's been bored and deserves to get out, have people interact with him, and have more than PB sandwiches for meals, but everyone else in the house can barely move and no one is hungry. Poor DD--she turned 4 but we were just like, "sorry DD, we'll celebrate when we're well."
It's just a bit snowy here and more snow is predicted but also rain. Rain this time of year is pretty odd and a bummer because it washes away the snow, which is the fun part of being outside when it's cold. Plus of course you can't go out when it's raining. DD has cross country skis, we have a couple sleds, and I'm hoping to get a balance bike with skis. She's been cross country skiing twice this year and sledding a couple times too. DH and I went downhill skiing once and want to take DD for her first try. DS is 2 and still a bit cold averse and so we may hold off on taking him. A lot of the ski places around here also have their childcare divided into either infant (ages 0, 1, & 2) or preschool (ages 3&4) classes, so I'm not sure he'll enjoy going to the daycare room for infants at such a place, but I guess we'll try.
We have embraced indoor play spaces and we'll sign up for more classes too. Definitely preschool free dance, ballet, and gymnastics. Probably not but maybe ice skating, swimming, tennis, French.
We got about 3 inches of snow on Thursday, it is all melted from the streets, but still up in the mountains of course, lawns have patches of snow. This week is going to be nice 40/50's and sunny. Last week was a hard week all around so I am hoping the nicer weather will help turn things around!
We just moved to a new state so I need to get stuff together for Feb 13 lil guy. I haven't had luck finding a preschool with an opening, well we found one but it was crazy priced and I need to get older kids off to school at the same time. We did go to the library a couple times last week, I need to sign up for the gym, and look into swimming classes or something for him. My older kids like their new schools and have made new friends already. The littlest guy is still just baking, 21 weeks and some odd days.
Dh and I are always arguing over the coat situation with the girls. Every where we go is in the car so we do two layers - fleece and windbreaker with fleece lining. We aren't hanging out outdoors but even just making our way from car to door is freaking cold.
mishka29, it may not be quite as cold here much of the time, but we still have snowy below zero (C) days for many months. Kids wear big warm hats, fleeces over a regular shirt or sweater, and warm pants (or thin pants with long underwear) for runs to the car in the driveway and to run into stores or preschool. Snow boots if snow and often wool socks. I used to have blankets to cover up with in the car but haven't been on top of that since a car cleaning a few weeks ago.
I think your plan is good unless you can't get them into their seats tightly with those layers, in which case you'd have to remove one, I guess. We just hurry and I think it's fine. The kids usually don't complain. But then we do get sick a lot in the winter...
mishka29 we also aren't as cold as you but for a 20 second run to the car we do lighter jackets (we have zip up fleece coats that are car seat friendly) and a hat. Then it's a 1 minute walk into daycare or wherever. Unless they are staying outside I don't fight on a jacket.
brachysira - I'm sorry you are all sick! My friend from work had the flu last week and also had the shot
Ugg...yes, rain and 40's predicted here. It's not welcome by me...raining when it's 40 means you can't really play outside at all but 20 means bundled up for 20 minutes outside. Worse, with 22 kids in her class, my plan for DD's birthday was to last minute invite everyone to a sledding party when we knew it would be snowy and just have her party any weekend in January that looked like snow couldn't fail. But at least for one day on every week this month it is predicted to be rainy and 40's it seems, so I guess a sledding party is out. My other plans would be to invite only a couple kids over, but with our terrible sickness leaving us weak and more sickness possible, I hate to put house cleaning and party planning as extra stressors... or we could invite the close friends to a waterpark an hour north of here...
Post by seadragon2013 on Jan 9, 2017 22:23:58 GMT -5
It's COLD here. DS begged to play outside in the itty bitty amount of snow we gave in the yard this afternoon. I said nope. We compromised - I gave him a pile of mini-marshmallows to pretend were snow inside. He spent an hour pushing them around with various toy trucks and never quite realized they were edible.
He gets outside time most days at preschool, thank goodness. At home, we've been spendings lots of time reading books, playing play doh, and cooking. Plus tv. I don't think I could survive this winter or this pregnancy without the help of Curious George, Star Wars, and the Avengers...
Post by wineandcake on Jan 10, 2017 8:58:15 GMT -5
mishka29 were averaging around -20C here lately. We do regular pants, long sleeves, fleece jacket, hat, and mitts for all our trips out. If we're playing in the snow obviously full gear. I just warm the car up for 10mins before we go and it's usually not too bad. I try to bring one kid out at a time so one isn't standing outside waiting for me to open the door or buckle them in. If we're going on a longer drive I just wrap them in my coat when I bring them out and don't bother with the fleece jacket. We're pretty used to the cold though so -20 isn't too bad, once we hit -40 we hibernate. If it's cold enough that we have to plug the cars in its probably cold enough that I don't want to leave.
I seriously don't know how you all do it. I'm so impressed. Last week we had a day where the high was 42 and I swear I was literally shivering all day, even though I was indoors. We went to the Oregon Zoo over Christmas on a 35-degree day and both DH and I were so miserable. The kids didn't seem to mind, though. :-)
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