Friday, January 9, 2015

Winter Silver Linings & What I Know For Sure This Week

Baby it's cold outside, like really, really cold.  I'm not that much of a cold weather person, but I am a person who likes to find silver linings in seemingly bleak situations.  The silver lining of sub-zero temperatures? 

Outdoor ice rinks that are finally frozen and ready to enjoy.  

Sure it took us an hour to bundle everyone up in a million layers and we realized that some kids had outgrown their skates (which meant a certain mama had to sacrifice her skates), but it was worth it.  

It's cold but sunny and there is something so invigorating about a walk in new fallen snow with the sun shining. 

Wade tries to build a snowman and make snowballs even when there is only an inch of snow on the ground.  He loves it which makes me love it more.

Maybe the best part of it being really cold outside is all the fun we have inside.  Hot cocoa, chili for dinner, card games, video game challenges, ping pong tournaments, sitting at the dinner table longer telling stories...all really good silver linings.

Winter is not so bad, I know that for sure this week.

Here's what else I know for sure right now:

  • Time is a tricky thing, but I really do love trying to enjoy the whole moment to moment, beauty of the ordinary  day.  I've been thinking about it a lot lately.  This scene from the movie About Time sums up how I feel about "this remarkable life."  It's such a good movie!

  • I love my dog. Next week our puppy arrives and I am so hopeful that Cosi snuggles up with Rufus like she is with this stuffed animal.

  • Podcasts are the coolest. I am mildly obsessed.  Seriously.  
Listen to this StoryCorps podcast if you want to be blown away by the power of forgiveness. It's one of the most touching stories I've ever heard, ever. Click here.

Listen to this story from Kemp Powers at The Moth.  I heard him tell it in person in Detroit last year. Soooooo good. Click here.

  • Wearing snow hats inside is totally okay in the winter. I love how Tim and JT have matching hat styles.

  • I am enjoying the hell out of The Beverly Hills Housewives and I don't care who knows it.  I am a total Lisa Rinna fan for sure.

  • is a fabulous resource for parents.  I love it.  It is full of videos with experts speaking about a million different parenting topics.  Check it out.

  • Wade is all about the uniform and "the look" for his basketball games.

What do YOU know for sure this week?  Share it here or over on my Facebook page.  What are your silver linings this winter?

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  1. I know for sure that you always find THE best stuff! :)

  2. I can't believe I'm friends with someone that actually owns ice skates. And now that I think about it, probably more than one someone. It is just something that has never crossed my mind. Crazy.

  3. I can just imagine the lot of you snuggled up at home with hot cocoa after a dinner of chili. xo

  4. See, this is why you inspire me. What I love about winter is that my kids like to play outside in the snow, and I don't. ;) I do usually make them hot chocolate, though.