This weekend, our family spent a night out at the Lake of the Ozarks with some of our dearest friends, the Canatseys. It is, of course, January, but we were given a clear, 40+ degree weekend, and it was great. Beautiful and great.
I am somewhat new to the outdoors. Definitely in the dead of winter, or at any time when the weather dips below 60 degrees. I packed crafts, puzzles and games, thinking we'd be indoors the whole time. Mike thought I was crazy...I like to call it prepared for when the children are ripping up the floor boards and running through the house with knives.
It was a bit chilly, but we bundled the kids to play outside, go on very young-kid-friendly hikes and even brave a pontoon ride. Lots of fun, particularly for the kids, who are starting to forget what grass and fresh air feel like. If swear, if it doesn't have the stale smell of winter and the faint hit of some sort of virus/flu/disease, it's almost unrecognizable at this point in the year.
In case you're wondering, this is what it takes for a family of 6 to leave town for less than 36 hours. Keep in mind, neither Mike nor myself showered on our quick getaway. I didn't even change my jeans. So WE are not the problem (but I won't point fingers).
4 changes of childrens clothes, including socks (and we all know my HATRED for childrens socks)
2 changes of adult clothing (it seems I overpacked on this one)
4 sets of footie pajamas for the young 'uns
4 childrens comforters
10 stuffed animals
1 Monopoly jr.
Pencil case full of pens/colored pencils
Plain white paper
12-pack of diet coke
1 Gallon whole milk
1 pound turkey meat
1 loaf potato bread
1 dozen eggs
2 bottles of chardonnay
1 very large bottle of Captain Morgans
Uncrustables peanut butter sandwiches
Rice Krispie treats
Libby's feeding tube and formula
Toothbrush and toiletries (to keep myself one step ahead of disgusting)
8 childrens movies