Will the Snow Ever Melt?

Around this time every year a certain song comes to mind.  It’s from the old movie, Seven Brides for Seven Brothers.

In November the snow starts to fly, piling up, ankle high.

Come December it’s up to your knees, still a bride’s a bride-to-be.

January, higher still, to the parlor window sill.

February finds a drift, and a storm that seems never to lift.

March comes in like a lion, what else?  Still the snow never melts.

April showers will come, so they say, but they don’t, and it’s May.

You’re about to forget the whole thing…all at once, one day it’s SPRING!

At the beginning of this winter, I was feeling ok about the snow since I was on maternity leave and I didn’t have to face the cold every morning on my way to work and I really didn’t have to leave the house if I didn’t want to.  Winter wasn’t too bad…

But I’m ready for Spring now.  We do get out of the house a couple times a week, either to the library, to visit family, or to go shopping, but I find myself craving a chance to get outside.  To breathe in some fresh air, to feel the warm sunshine on my face, and to not have to worry about bundling E up in all her winter gear.

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Can we go out yet, Mommy?

I think E is excited for warmer weather too.  We have a screen on our front door and E enjoys looking out at the world.  When it has been warm enough we have sit on the front step waving at the people passing by.  Sometimes E gets adventurous and crawls down the walkway playing in the snow and dirt along the way.

I used to think that Spring was a rather ugly time of year…and it is…but it sure is a wonderful time of year!

 

 

 

 

Some things I’m especially looking forward to this Spring and Summer:

1. watching E run around our newly sodded backyard

2. blowing bubbles for E to chase

3. getting a baby pool and letting E splash around in it

4. wearing shorts and tanktops

5. sitting and enjoying a cool drink in the sunshine

6. going for walks with my husband and baby around the neighbourhood

What are the things you are really looking forward to this Spring?

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Let’s Make a Mess!

I’m not exactly sure why it is called Cloud Dough…maybe because it is SUPER soft!  It reminds me of our honeymoon to the Cook Islands.  One of the islands, Aitutaki, is considered to have the most beautiful lagoon (it really is absolutely gorgeous!)…and the softest sand.feetOh to be able to escape this never ending winter and sit on a beach and enjoy the sand…but I’m getting off topic…cloud dough!

Because we are often stuck inside because of the weather, I try to do some sort of new activity with E every few days.  I had seen several recipes on Pinterest for Cloud Dough and since it looked like fun, I decided to give it a try.  E is still at the stage where everything goes in her mouth so I used cooking oil instead of baby oil.

All I needed was two ingredients: flour and oil.  In a bowl I mixed up 2 cups of all-purpose flour and 1/4 cup canola oil.  I then put it into a dish that was a bit more suitable for little hands to reach in.  We stripped E down to her diaper and let her at it.

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She LOVED it!  It was so much fun watching her!  She did try eating a bit of it, but since it doesn’t taste all that great, not too much got in her mouth.  The kitchen floor got messy and she needed a bath afterwards, but she had a fantastic time!

What a great sensory activity for our 9 1/2 month old!