Monday, 11 February 2013

The Ebb and Flow of February

Our weekend was spent, yet again, in jammies, reading books, watching movies, Xbox-ing, wrestling, and snacking on home made gluten-free goodies.  Thank goodness for church on Sunday mornings because I don't think this family would ever get dressed or showered on the weekend if it wasn't for that.

  As predictable as our winter weekends have become, I am not going to complain.  We have five very dear people in our prayers right now because they are battling various types of cancer.  We have friends who have had to bid farewell to their fathers and husbands as they head out West for work, and it was only three short months ago that we were making two trips a day into the hospital and praying for our very own miracle.  

Yes, February is rough.  The cold grows tiresome and not even the thrill of an epic snow ball fight or some dare-devil sledding down our hill can encourage us to abandon our well-worn spots on the couch, our comfy blankets, our cups of hot chocolate, and our movies. Yes, we are in full fledged hibernation mode, and as much as I long for a big city adventure and daydream of the five of us meandering our way through crowded sidewalks and enjoying  all the restaurants, shows, museums, and shopping a big city has to offer, I am going to make the best of what I have right now in front of me. 

 I am going to enjoy Avery, whose snuggle radar goes off each time I sit down on the couch or lay down in bed.  

I am going to cherish Elliot, who loves nothing more than to curl up on the couch with a bowl of popcorn and his family by his side and who spent the entire weekend hugging me and proclaiming this to be the best weekend ever. I am convinced everyone needs an Elliot in their life! 

I am going to chuckle as I watch Zoe drag her teenage butt around the house, whining about how tired she is.  Then as soon as our goodnight prayers are said and Mr. Level-Headed and I make our way to bed, she comes alive and visits us at least ten times a night looking for one thing or another and reminding us about some very important detail . . . tee hee!  I am also going to love how she prefers to play boardgames over watching movies and how each weekend I become her personal aesthetician even though I have no idea what I am doing.  

And most importantly, I am going to treasure the fact that on weekends, my family gets to eat not one, but two dinners with our favourite level-headed guy.  I will also cherish the fact that he totally spoils me on the weekends by cleaning up after each meal, meeting all of Elliot's popcorn requests, and watching episodes of Mad Men with me even though I tend to rant and rave as soon as they finish.

Yes, it is bound to happen; winter will end, and spring will arrive.  We will get back outside, and we will have our adventures.  But for now, I will continue to enjoy the coziness of our winter hibernation.  I will daydream of grand adventures.  I will read books with my boys.  I will watch movies under a fluffy fleece blanket with three kids who all manage to connect themselves to me in some form or another.  I will pack on some winter insulation with all the goodies I bake and meals I share with my family.  I will continue to lose at Settlers of Catan and Trivial Pursuit, and I will spend every Monday morning blogging and instagramming all about it. . tee hee!

What daydreams are getting you through this frigid and painfully boring winter?  If you share your daydreams today with me on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram or the blog, I will put your name in twice for our draw on these adorable Birthday cards.  The deadline is Friday.  Good luck!

1 comment:

  1. At the moment I am daydreaming of Florida sunshine...kayaking down a river where manatees live...walking the streets of Hogsmeade, and all the adventures that await us at Disney. We are hibernating this winter too - spending week-ends huddled by the wood stove, watching movies, and sewing.