Tuesday, October 30, 2012

The weekend (and Monday)

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On Saturday we cleaned the  house, Brett and the boys cleaned the van and put the snow tires on (good thing!) and then we watched a movie.

Sunday was the primary program.  I thought Hazel’s hair was so cute.


My sister Lindsay said I was obligated to post a picture of my belly.  I realize this isn’t actually a good picture for comparison, as I am wearing a loose-fitting shirt and am not sideways, but it will have to do.  (Also it’s fuzzy and the kids heads are half-chopped off, but Jethro took it for us really quickly before church so it’s better than nothing.)


I liked how my boys looked all working in the kitchen.  :)


To celebrate the snow we made snow icecream (and to try to assuage the sadness from it being Sunday and not being able to go sledding/playing in it)!!  It was our first time trying it, even though I’ve been meaning to try it for many years now.  Here’s a link for some recipes, in case you want to try.  We made it with sweetened condensed milk, but maybe next time we’ll try it with milk/cream and sugar.


Orrin thought something Brett was doing was funny.

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The boys excited to play in the snow on Monday morning.


Throwing snow at me, the little stinker!


He was pretty excited about hitting me.

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It’s gotten warmer, but the snow isn’t completely gone yet.  I was kind of hoping for a reallllly long Indian summer.  I don’t think it’s going to happen.  Sniff.  Winter is NOT my favorite.  I will take this opportunity to share a list.

10 Things I Dislike About Winter

1.  It’s COLD.

2. It’s dark.  Soooo dark for soooo long.

3. It takes forever long to go anywhere when you have to put boots and coats etc. on kids.  And then packing them into car seats is aggravating.  Then when you actually get to where you’re going- say, the grocery store—it’s too hot and all the coats have to be stuffed into the grocery cart, leaving no room for your groceries.  It’s a pain.

4.  Wet mittens, hats, boots, snow pants, etc. are ALWAYS strewn around the house, leaving puddles and disarray.

5. Perpetually cold feet, particularly at night in bed.

6.  Sometimes snow can be pretty, but for a majority of the time, it’s just grey, dirty, and everything is bare and ugly.

7.  It lasts FOREEEEEVER.

8. I turn into a slug.

9.  Driving on slick roads.

10. Perpetual runny noses.

Yes, I am a whiner.  To offset this whininess a bit, I give you

Things I Like About Winter

1. Christmas (and that’s not even really winter’s doing—but I do like white Christmases)

2. Clementine oranges

3. Nice warm dinners are particularly gratifying on a cold, dark evening.

…and, that’s all I can think of.


Anybody have any tips on how to keep the coats and hats and scarves and mittens and boots orderly in a small hallway with only one small closet that is already brimming to overflowing with the normal coats and bookbags??


Rachael said...

I was grumping about winter to Neil the other day and I told him that clementines are the ONLY thing I like about winter (I'm dreading Christmas this year because we have to drive across country AGAIN for a wedding. Bah, humbug).

Steve and Katrina said...

I wish we had snow!! It's funny because I hear a lot of people complain about the cold weather and it's been cold here the past two days and I've been s o excited by it. But that's because we have more warm days than cold. Our cold doesn't last long. So I guess if I actually lived someplace with a real winter I might not love it as much.

Good thing you got your Halloween pictures before it snowed!!

You can put cute hooks up all along the hallway to hang all the winter stuff on? Or a board with hooks on it. I know then it might look messy but at least it's off the ground. If you can't put nails in the wall because it's an apartment, you can buy those command hooks (though you might not have that there). I could send you some:)

Anyway, I still can't get over the fact that you are pregnant. It's just so weird and crazy that you are having another kid when I've only known your first 3. You look awesome and not fat at all. I always look so fat before I get the huge stomach.

Andrea said...

Kayli, everything is wonderful about winter because it isn't hot. Except the kids tracking snow all over the kitchen as they take off their snow gear. BUT . . . that is a small price to pay to not be so hot that you can't leave air conditioned buildings under any circumstances. Winter means you can finally GO OUTSIDE. YAY!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

PS I love winter.

PPS We had a charming bout of snow and today it was 70. Welcome to Utah where it never actually gets cold and doesn't even pretend to try until February and then gives up the end of March.

Kris said...

I can't believe you got that much snow already!!! Winter is NOT my favorite time of year either!! We have tons of hats, gloves, scarves, etc, so I bought one of those over-the-door shoe hangers and hung it on the inside of the closet. Tons of perfect sized pockets for all that stuff, plus there are different heights for all the different ages. I feel so organized when I see it. :)

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