I was actually very excited about this winter. Lots of snow, lots of snowshoeing, lots of sledding... maybe even some skiing or snowboarding...
BUT, I didn't realize a few key things about having a one-year-old in the winter time.
1. You can't really bring your one-year-old out to play if it's below freezing. Maybe you can get in a quick sprint from car to store, but that's about it.
2. One-year-olds hate snowsuits.
3. One-year-olds hate boots even more than snowsuits.
4. It takes at least 15 minutes (usually more) to chase your one-year-old around the house to put on snowsuit, boots, hat, mittens, etc.
5. One-year-olds will not walk in or on snow.
6. One-year-olds will only last outdoors HALF the amount of time it took you to get them ready to go there.
7. Even if you do manage to stay out longer than seven and a half minutes, chances are whatever activity you've chosen is not nearly as exciting as walking on pavement, touching the dirtiest snow in a 4 foot radius, or crying to go "home now".
8. As soon as you've unbundled your one-year-old (which takes at least 5 minutes of chasing the one-year-old around the house while she waddles around with her snowsuit around her knees dripping dirty snow off the one boot she's swinging like a lasso) she will turn around, bang at the door and ask for "out, snow! PLEASE!"
That said, we have had some successful sledding trips, one great snowshoe adventure, and some fun playing in the yard...
BUT, next week is going to be below freezing... all week... not even an hour of above freezing temps. I'm going to go crazy...
Looks like there will be a lot of playing inside. We're getting to be playing inside pros.