Since we’re about to have the first major snowstorm of the season, I thought I’d repost this from last year. Enjoy!
Before I had kids, winter meant long months of counting down the days until spring. Then these 2 little winter loving girls were born. All of the sudden winter turned into months of being…dare I say it…outside! Yeah…outside…in cold, wet snow for hours at a time. All of these new items suddenly appeared in my house like hand warmers and sleds. Snow pants somehow crept their way into my wardrobe. So that’s when I decided to give in and try to find out what the heck people do in winter. After all, I live in New England so I may as well join these snow-lovers! No one was as shocked as myself to discover I actually have fun outside. With the right clothes and toys I found so many things I loved to do out there. Here are some of my favorites:
SNOW SHOEING: Talk about a no-skill-needed activity! If you can walk, then you can snow shoe…it’s that easy! After a fresh snowfall there’s nothing more peaceful than walking through the woods or along the side of a frozen lake. Snow shoes are pretty inexpensive and they will last you for a long time.
SKIING: Some of you may know I’ve recently learned to ski at the age of 40! My kids wanted to learn to ski and so that meant this mamma had to learn too. I refuse to be a lodge mom so I’m going to force myself to get over my fear of chairlifts and make some memories with my kiddos on the slopes.
SNOW MOBILING: Groomed trails, fresh snow, and a frozen lake make this a fun winter activity we can do as a family. We love to put a kid on each of our sleds, ride out into town to have lunch and then ride home. I’m just getting the hang of it so I’m still a very slow driver but I’m getting faster each time. Maybe next time out I won’t overheat the sled by driving too slow!
TUBING/SLEDDING: Talk about an activity everyone in the family can do together! It is so fun to scream the whole way down the mountain as you go backwards over the hills. We take turns riding with each other and mix it up so there’s one-on-one time for each kid.
WINTER WALKS: Sometimes it’s nice to just get some exercise and some fresh air. We love to walk down to the lake on days that are not bitter cold. This is an activity even our old dog can do with us!
ICE FISHING: As a native New Yorker, I never knew this sport existed (except for in my Chilly Willy Saturday morning cartoons). My kids get such a kick out of it while I remind myself that it’s ok to be on the ice and that (fingers crossed) I’m not going to fall through. I cringe every time I hear the ice move under us but I’ve learned that a nice glass (or 2) of wine quickly makes ice fishing more enjoyable!
ICE SKATING: After the ice freezes but before the first snowfall, the lake turns into a huge ice rink. It’s the most beautiful view and it’s like having your own private rink.
What fun activities do you like doing in winter?