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Winter, Formidable Fun-Killer or Friend?

10891503_10100228876516659_4427568465963389455_n Winter, a season described using adjectives like: FRIGID, BONE-CHILLING, WET, GRAY, or just plain COLD. What’s to love? The days are short. I remember life on 12 hours shifts I wouldn’t see the sun for ays at a time, it was my lament. It’s dark, dark, dark, and as my husband deftly pointed out droll. As we swing into the new year we leave the comforting lights and joy of the holidays behind us to slog through the blah of normalcy, our drinks no longer laced with the expectation and beauty of holiday kool-aid. Is the excitement of the NEW YEAR wearing off so quickly?

Maybe, Maybe not. Despite my scene-setting above, I like the cold and sometimes I even like the dark. Like I mentioned in my Fall Bucket List, I love the idea of sitting down and determining what the indispensable seasonal activities are, so what makes winter? For me it’s a way to stop my whining so that my boys can learn to love all parts of the year for the good things that fill each season. While winter is filled with an abundance of less-than-fun it is also strikingly beautiful and holds ample opportunity for seasonal activities (even if you don’t ski or snowboard!)

Here’s my top 10 things to do while freezing my tukus off:

1. Do you want to build a snowman? Eff yeah I do! I like to take a trip up the mountain and spend an afternoon playing in the snow. There are tons of places to construct snow forts, men, women, or the occasional snow fish… you can also:

2. SLED! I love the feeling of cold feet and hands as a careen down some sort of snow embankment on the equivalent of a plastic dish… (really, it’s FUN!)10885367_10100227077357189_840861400107897104_n

3. Homemade Hot Cocoa! There are tons of ways to do it… crockpot, microwave… hot cocoa spoons! to stir in the fun, marshmallows or no this would make for a delicious evening.

4. Ice-Skating. The Reno Aces are running the rink this year, CHECK IT OUT!

5. BAKING DAY! Spend a chilly day with kids making cookies and breads to share with friends.

6. Build a Fort. I remember having tons of fun creating elaborate pillow and blanket forts inside on a cold day, and just as much fun demolishing them… Once your fort is complete, grab a lantern and read a favorite story.

7. Check out a museum. Discovery Museum is always great for getting the wiggles out! The Nevada Museum of Art also has HANDS ON! Second Saturdays. Both of these are year ’round, but when better to go than on a day you’d rather NOT be outside?10915255_10204106790005021_3771606802425626031_n

8. Harry Potter movie marathon?! Or just any movie marathon really… Pick a theme, like favorite kids movies, and spend the day with popcorn and snuggling.

9. Make SOUP. I love soup for winter, baked potato, minestrone, mushroom, chicken tortilla, or broccoli cheese! Generally soups are an easy peasy one dish meal with a side of warmth 🙂

10. Take a Hike. On sunny afternoons there are tons of great places to walk and get some essential vitamin D… Rancho San Rafael, downtown along the river, Huffaker Hills, Galena Creek Park, any neighborhood sidewalk. Spending a little time in the sun is a great way to brighten any mood!

If none of these can hope to quell your inner longing to be warm all the way through and you can’t disappear to a tropical island, you can always spend an afternoon in denial… Grab a beach read and an electric blanket, I’m sure summer will be here before we know it 🙂

What’s your favorite winter activity?



About Jamie Schnell

Jamie Schnell
Jamie Schnell is an RN and full-time mommy to three boys. Her husband, Adam, keeps track of all the stuff that she can never remember where she had it last, and she loves his geeky-wonderfulness. He is definitely the best daddy. Jamie has a BA in English to accompany her BS in Nursing, and recently completed her Master's in Nursing, Family Nurse Practitioner track. Jamie loves reading, writing, crafting anything and everything, green beans, having little parties to celebrate life, coffee, camping, cooking, spa days, Cheetoes, naps, and just being outside.

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