After last winter lasted longer than I thought 4 months (are you sure it was just four and not twenty four?) ever could... I mean there were days when I would look at the clock and think hours must have gone by and realize nope, just three minutes. Not because I don't love my kids and want to spend time with them, but it was SO COLD and SO SNOWY (like up to a three-year-old's shoulders- you can't go out and play in that!) that we spent more time indoors together than is healthy for anyone.
Of course there are rumors that this winter will be colder and snowier and longer, if that's even possible.
So when the first week in November brings temperatures in the 60s, you spend every possible moment outside.