Well, we’re officially out of summer mode in our household. Thanksgiving weekend kinda marks the end of that, doesn't it? The days are getting shorter and the weather has cooled down significantly. Plus I have already been through our closets looking for winter gear. Sigh.
Since moving to Canada I’ve learned that I’m definitely a summer gal! There is no doubt about it.
Living in Canada also means there is no way from escaping the winter months! Like, seriously, NO WAY. Other than booking a flight to a tropical island paradise.
As a Dutch girl I’m used to a grey, wet, cold (but not freezing) winters with a sprinkle of snow.
All my stepkids can talk about right now is how excited they are about winter. This talk starts in July! And me? Not so much, I need more time to reach their level of excitement, if even possible.
My husband and the kids have a long standing tradition of spending every bit of free time they have during the winter at the ski hill. All 3 men in my life snowboard which propelled me into the same world.
Learning a new sport & barreling down a mounting slope is something I really had to get used too. Just ask my husband who had to lift me into a standing position on my very first day on a snowboard! After I yelled at him not to leave me alone because I need help.. To stand upright... At the bottom of the bunny hill….
What I’m trying to get to is that we are making memories. No matter how much I do not look forward to winter I DO look forward to making memories.
We have made lots of memories in the past 3 ski seasons.
A promise I need to make to myself is to look at the positives. Not the negatives (freezing temperatures, cold days, short days, snow).
It changes my entire perspective when faced with certain struggles. I can’t stop the change of the seasons so I might as well embrace it!
I look back at the amazing memories we have made and it makes me look forward to winter. Driving up to the ski hill every weekend. The oldest learning how to do front flips in Freestyle Club, it amazes me how kids have no fear. I’m going for blue and green runs all the way!
The best memory of all last year was driving to the ski resort very early in the morning with a grumpy husband who didn’t get enough sleep or coffee. And I was as chirpy as can be, blasting question at him ‘aren't you excited to go up?! It’s going to be such a nice day!!’ *bounce in seat & big smile*.
His less than excited monotone response was not up to my standards that morning. So, of course, I had to make fun of him.
Imitate to the fullest! ‘’Yeah… it’s going to be fun… I’m so excited...’’ (say in; monotone, same pitch, kinda bored, still tired and in serious need of coffee voice)
Then that silent awkward moment... Oops. Is he going to be mad, laugh or just ignore me?
Insert burst out laughter from the backseat followed by my stepkids imitating their dad as well.
I can’t control the change in seasons. Just as I can't control many other things in life.
Know what to expect from others, focus on the positives in your life and live a life that’s best for YOU and your family.