Sunday, January 10, 2010

Winter woes... to ocean breeze and palm trees!

It's no secret that I'm not a huge fan of winter. In fact, there is very little I like about winter. To be honest, the only thing I like about winter is Christmas.

Now that Christmas is over, I'm ready for winter to be over, too. I know, you must think I'm crazy, because it is only January and this, folks, is just the beginning. I have many more mornings left of waking up to de-ice my car, cursing under my breath the entire time. And of course, there will be many more snowstorms to get through before April arrives, when we can finally rejoice in spring!

For now, I'm trying to make the most of it. By going to Florida! I just have to see something other than snow! Despite that fact that Florida is going through some really cold temperatures, it is still going to be far, far better than the weather we have here. I just want to walk on the beach, build sand castles with my boys, enjoy one of my favourite resorts, SHOP, eat at some great restaurants, SHOP, and sit by the pool drinking something tropical. Oh, and did I mention SHOP?

I wrote a post about traveling with children and how to keep sane while doing it a few months ago - I just read it again, to refresh my mind on how I'm going to stay sane when we travel. And with the new 'carry-on' rules at airports, it's going to be a bit more of a challenge, in terms of keeping my boys entertained on the plane.

The other day, we ventured out to shovel the driveway. One of the worst things about winter is the fact that it takes 30 minutes just to get dressed to go outside - from snowpants, to boots, to gloves and neck warmers and hats and then jackets - it's no fun at all. However, my 4 year old actually likes being outside, and I think that's great. I'm all for encouraging a love of the great outdoors. (Especially if I can wave at him from inside my warm house!)



On the other hand, my almost 2 year old does not like the cold. Every time we step outside, he almost gasps, and he says, repeatedly: "Cold! Cold! Cold!" He hates wearing his gloves, so he takes them off, then he cries because he hates how cold the snow is. Yet, he keeps putting his hands in the snow. He just can't win, my little guy. He's like me. He likes to compain about the weather. And rightly so.



Yesterday, we took a walk to the park, and we nearly froze to death. I pushed my baby on the swings for a while, and he was laughing... until he started to cry, because his fingers were so cold. I ran home the entire way, pushing the jogging stroller, and, of course, almost crying myself, because my lungs were frozen.



Yes... I'm quite happy I'll be in the Sunshine State as of tomorrow. Florida, stay sunny for me, please! Here we come!

21 comments:

Lady Mama said...

Ahhh! Lucky you! Have a wonderful time. I'm really not a fan of winter either. My toddler hates his gloves and hat and refuses to wear them... which makes me not want to be out at all. Look forward to hearing all about it when you get back!

hoobingfamilyadventures.com said...

I hear ya sista! I was just commenting to my husband as we walked back from the restaurant tonight that I am so done with winter. It is hard getting out with a little baby when it is so cold outside...but I am starting to get a bit of cabin fever.

Elisa said...

oh, I am so jealous! I am really ready for winter to be over, too. Even if the girls are having a great time in the snow - but it's too damn cold.

have lots of fun!!

blueviolet said...

It sounds like it's absolutely the right time to head to Florida! Have fun!

CaraBee said...

I don't love the cold, but I don't hate it either. I'd prefer not to spend a lot of time out in it, though. My daughter, on the other hand, seems to have no sense of hot or cold. She would run around outside, naked, in sub-freezing weather. Like you, I want to encourage her love of the outdoors, but MAN is it cold.

Have a great trip!!

Suzanne said...

Have fun in Florida - cold or not, you're in FLORIDA! The boys are GORGEOUS in the pics! xo

Pres. Kathy said...

I hope you have a blast in Florida! Have a safe trip; as they say in Greek: "kalo taxidi and h Panagia mazi sas"

Burgh Baby said...

Have a great time! I hope the snow and cold are nice enough to leave Florida for you.

Shana said...

Have a wonderful trip!

SC said...

Enjoy your trip Loukia!!! That's too funny about Dimitry not liking the cold - it sounds like he comes by that attitude honestly!!!

Despite the cold, the boys are pretty cute in their winter attire. E has the same hat as D - I love the pompom on top!!

Hope the weather in Florida warms up for you - don't be afraid to bring back some sunshine for the rest of us CDNS!!!

Paging Doctor Mommy said...

Can I climb into your suitcase? I need some sunshine! My parents are vacationing in Florida for the next three months and I'm SO jealous!

Shannon @ AnchorMommy said...

You are so right. It takes forever to get a kid bundled up in winter! The only thing worse is what I did last weekend -- bundle a kid up to go snowskiing! Because then you have to get them extra bundled, plus cram their little feet into ski boots, haul them through the parking lot and to the ski area, and then contend with managing their warmth and possible poo/pee needs, all while getting them down the hill and on/off the chairlift repeatedly. Not to mention having to bundle yourself up AND manage your own skis and whatnot. I'm tired just thinking about it.

Anyway, have a wonderful time in Florida!!!! Can't wait to hear about the trip, you lucky girl!

Maria @BOREDmommy said...

I HATE WINTER TOO. ENJOY THE TRIP!! Hopefully it will help get you through the rest of the winter!

Sandy said...

Those pictures of them bundled up are SOOOO cute! Glad to hear you get a chance to get away, even though traveling with kids is stressful. Hope you have a great time!

Kate Coveny Hood said...

I know what you mean. We really only have a couple of brutal Winter months - but we've just entered them and it's MISERABLE! I wear my robe to bed at night. Soooo looking forward to Spring now.

Tiffany Lockette said...

They look bundled up and so cute. Stay warm.

Theta Mom said...

I could use a vacay, too! Sounds awesome!

mj said...

Have fun on your trip....just beware of the after vacation lunch bag letdown when you return to the land of ice and snow. Make sure that you have a spa appointment or something lovely for yourself planned for when you return to reality! Before going to Cuba with the kids my man planned a weekend away for the two of us at a local spa resort I am really looking forward to that! Enjoy your time in Florida and I hope the weather gets warmer for you!

Marilyn (A Lot of Loves) said...

I live in Vancouver so we don't have any snow here. (Yay for me. Boohoo for the Olympics) But it still takes forever to get the kids dressed in all their warm clothes to go outside. I'm looking forward to the nicer weather too.

I wish I was hopping a plane to Florida!

Linda @ My Trendy Tykes said...

I agree. Christmas has come and gone....It's time to hit the road winter. BUH-BYE and don't slip on the ice while you're leaving.

Parent Club said...

Have a great time! I'm headed to the dominican in a few weeks - so looking forward to a post from you on this trip!

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