I’m trying really hard not to complain – – really, I am – – but this winter will not end! The temperature has not gone above 30 in several weeks – yikes! It’s going to feel downright balmy when we hit 40 degrees. I’m almost giddy just thinking about it. The sun is feeling warmer these days, and I just know we’re going to turn the corner soon – – right? RIGHT??!
We had a winter like this 20 years ago when J & J were babies. Being my first winter as a stay-at-home mom, cabin fever would set in often. I would bring my double stroller into the house, bundle babies in snowsuits, cover the stroller with warm blankets and head out the door. Sometimes is was only a 20-minute walk – – shorter if the neighbors had not shoveled their sidewalks. But it made all the difference to my day – – just a bit of fresh air and exercise not only made me feel like I had accomplished something, but I just felt better!
When the boys were toddlers and in pre-school, the blanket fort saved many a day! All we needed was a card table (or two chairs back to back) and a blanket – – sometimes there would be a picnic, sometimes special stories or coloring and maybe a nap (if I was lucky). Hanging out in there was an adventure.
A blanket fort is magical! It can distract even the crabbiest little one and save a mom’s sanity. (Totally worth the mess vs. reward in my opinion.) Besides, any reason to act like a kid again is good for me 🙂 The forts became quite elaborate as the boys got older – – often they would use just about every blanket, sheet and cushion they could find – – sometimes duct tape too! I knew I could count on some peace and quiet when a fort was in progress, and sometimes the fort would stay up for several days becoming a home unto itself.