If you are looking for a good snow day it doesn't take much to accomplish. But if you want to make sure you have a Super Fun Day with two kids under four I have the perfect recipe for you.
1. Pack for the problems:
We know our little guy sometimes struggles with remembering that he is no longer wearing a diaper, so an extra pair of clothing is always vital. But, when it comes to making sure everyone has a super fun day, I make sure to pack for everyone. A day trip ends up packing for an overnight, but its better than ruining the time of someone stuck in an outfit they are uncomfortable in.
2. Bring more than enough snacks:
Having snacks for the car ride as well as ample water gives you both security "just in case" you get stuck or just work up a bigger hunger than you expected.
3. Bring Wood:
If you are heading to a remote or "remote-ish" area, bring wood and start a fire. We had a nice little fire set up and it was a nice way to come defrost yourself a bit. It also is one of the few times where you really don't need a fire pit, you literally have a snow pit preventing it from spreading.
No matter how well you plan and pack sometimes you end up forgetting something, make sure it's not the gloves. The kiddos need their fingers and have so much more fun when they can make a snow ball or two.
5. Take a Ton of Pictures:
Make sure to get candid shots each moment they seem to grow so fast and each moment although important to be involved it is important to grab a memory.
I am beginning to write about my resolutions for this new year and am working through an introspective analysis of who I am. I have all my life been categorized as a "Control Freak", A-type personality that is very driven. That being said, I have lightened up a bit since my youth, but am definitely not to where I'd like to be. I would like to be a bit closer to the middle and enjoy things more. In order to do that I think I need to start with the area I think I may be lacking. That area in particular is my ability to play with my kids.
For many parents, it seems to come really easy to do the basics which is to play with their children. For me however, sometimes its feels like one of the most difficult tasks as a parent. With all the stresses of life feeling as though they are slamming into me I can't seem to separate myself from it, enough to really get into any game or playtime. At times it feels like my imagination seems to have gone missing and when it comes to games with them I literally can't understand why they are enjoying themselves so much and I am not, but I really want to.
In those moments, I look over at my husband. He is one of those people who can truly enjoy the moment, he can play and be completely happy. His happiness doesn't seem to be linked to anything other than the action which is occuring in the moment similarly to our children. He doesn't get worried or stressed out about things in the way I do. I think it is both a personality trait as well as his level of stress. Or at least that is what I am telling myself.
As the control freak in the family, I take on 99% of all the financial management for the family. When our family was down to one income and on a more limited budget I didn't feel comfortable letting anyone else manage it, as it gave me huge anxiety. Now that our financial situation has stabilized, I think it will help to begin sharing the load. I hope that by doing so I may regain my ability to play, if you have any advice for how to better compartmentalize my life I'd love to hear it. If you have gone through something similar, also please share. I feel pretty embarassed to feel this way.
My first Resolution of the 2014 year is to enjoy the moment more, by actively participating and trying to reduce my stresses so that I can stop being only half present in my life. I feel buried sometimes by the worries of the day and I want to be free of them.