Need to get out of the house, but want to stay inside? Visit the science museum. It's a classic adventure.
Create stop motion animation!
Anchor the news!
Play Tetris on ice!
Learn about liquid nitrogen!
Build a dinosaur!
Minnesota weather never has a typical weather pattern in my opinion, and that's what we love about it. This winter we've felt a little more like shut ins, between subzero wind chills and episodes of terrible flu and colds. It's just been the nastiest year for flu, colds, croup, RSV, etc. Every time we leave the house together, it finds us! Therefore, we've been hermits as much as possible.
It's no wonder on a warmer day (like 20 degrees +) we get cabin fever and break out of here. The last weekend in December (2013) we got a chance at a 42 degree day! Coats came off for most of us at the sledding hill. We stayed out for hours just soaking in the sunshine and germ free air.
But then there are those subzero temperature days where we still manage to find some fun to be had. We found out it takes 5 minutes to frost an egg, boiling water becomes a cloud, and cold water instantly freezes when it's 40 below windchill outside. It is inevitable that we're spending our science time in January studying the arctic and winter phenomenon.
The in between days are fun when we can choose in or out. Getting back to "school" when half are sick, I'm pregnant, and we took a Thanksgiving thru Christmas break, is near impossible. So we've just had unschooled learning fun - and laid back activities until Mommy gets some motivation. It wasn't until this past week we've really hunkered down on bookwork.
Inside it's 70 degrees! Not often, but on occasion I will allow the choice of shorts?
However, most days have been pajama days.
Sometimes the snow comes inside!
Or we pick one of dozens of other things we have to do!
Best toy ever - Magnatiles
Playdoh, Nook Books, paperback books, Wii games, and a plethera of toys.
Math on the couch with Daddy, or crafts at the school table with Mommy.
(White crayon snowflakes, ready to paint over with water colors.)
Sometimes we head outside, even if for just an hour or so, because Mommy and Daddy need a break.
for snowfort building in the fresh air. Keep those mittens on kiddos!
At the end of the day, they are usually worn out if we made the most of our time. I love watching them cozy together on the couch or floor during story or movie time. I must admit, we have watched a lot of movies lately, as it is the easiest way to calm an antsy child. While autumn is our favorite season, we admit that winter is always welcome at our home.
That's just some of the ways we've spent our current winter. Thanks for looking!
I seriously am so excited for the arrival of our sixth child!
I am excited for…
and sharing with extended family and friends!
Some of my other blog posts about being a new mommy:
(sing to tune of Hello Dolly Song)
Well yes, hello Molly.
(interesting Star-Trek wave, and creepy man licking her hand?)
You're lookin' swell Molly.
(Its A Girl announcement I added a bow, but this ultrasound reveals she already had one!)
You're still glowin'
You're still growin'
You're still going strong.
(1 pound 5 ounces, 23 weeks 2 days old. Just picture perfect! Thank you God.)
Most years we've just tried to raid the costume bin for something fun to dress up in when Oct 31/Nov 1 came along. But now-a-days, we dress up at home a lot, especially as The Avengers. So it has made All Saints Day more special as we represent a particular saint we've learned about.
A Saint is a real person, a real hero, a real role model.
"You can dress up and pretend to be something else anytime,
but it takes effort to be a Saint!" ~ me
Saintliness to aspire to (L-R):
Mikayla = St. Joan of Arc
Stanley = St. Thomas the Apostle
Jonathan = St. George
Eddie = St. Edward the King
Sabrina = St. Rose of Lima
We learned a little about each saint that was either for our namesake or a favorite saint. It was a lot of fun, using a chart I made similar to Catholic Icing's All About Saint ? printout. We also made saint puppets, we've played saint games, and used other fun ideas on the web for enriching our faith.
St. Joan of Arc was a cotton dress overlayed with a homemade corset top (basically a sundress top without the skirt), with a tie at the waist.
St. Thomas the Apostle was a cheap white fabric with a hole cut in the center for his head, then a red cloth draped and pinned together in a stole fashion, and carrying an architect/carpenters square tool.
St. George is a Thor costume (a costume he'd agree to wear) paired with a stuffed dragon and sword.
St. Edward is a white karate robe, a red rectangle of fabric with a neck hole and metallic ric-rac cross, and a paper crown.
St. Rose has 2yd purple cotton folded in half with neck hole and tied waist over a long sleeve dress. The red cape is an old tree skirt cut in half, with a snap at the neck.
Here's the last few years at a glance:
This was our Disney Costume Year, but Mikayla's Pocahontas doubled as St. Kateri, and Stanley's Prince Caspian doubles as St. Michael the Archangel and St. George.
St. George from a Prince Caspian costume can last a few years and a few kids! Bl. Mother Theresa is a few layers of white cloth with stitched on blue satin ribbon on the edges. St. Teresa was a dress of mine from the 80s along with Sacrifice Beads/Decade rosary and silk roses. And of course St. Joseph was a long green t-shirt with a mini apron and a plastic hammer to hold.
We've also had some great use of this St. Francis costume passed down from my brother. And I sewed a special dress for Mikayla to be St. Bernadette, layered with a patterned shawl and apron. Halos can be as simple as a ring of yellow paper or pipe cleaner/chenille stems.