I just finished cooking Quinoa for my supper tonight, the diapers are in the wash and my sweet babies are napping. While the Quinoa cools, I thought I’d stop by and give a quick update for our 15 minutes outside challenge from last week! I didn’t bring my camera outside with me except for Monday when it snowed, but I think I’m going to have to make a greater effort to capture the fun this week!
We were fortunate enough to have snow until Wednesday, so playing outside was fun! Everyday, I bundled up both kids and we went out to either sled or just traipse through the snow. In the afternoons, I do some structured activities with Liam and I theme our library books on a monthly basis. This month’s theme is snow. I had gotten a few snow themed books out, but at the last minute also chose Ezra Jack Keet’s The Snowy Day. I didn’t have high hopes for Liam paying attention to this book because it isnt’ really geared for his age group, but I read it anyway. To my surprise and complete thrill, Liam was completely transfixed by the story and asked me to read it again and again until we got snow last Monday.
Every day since then, he’s talked about how to walk in the snow. In the story, Peter walks with his feet pointing out like a duck and then turned in. Then, he shuffles in the snow. And finally, he drags a stick alongside him while he shuffles. My little 2 year old has imitated those pages over and over until there were tracks all over our yard. As a side note, making snow angels was NOT an experience he enjoyed.
Suddenly, Wednesday brought warmer temperature and rain. Seriously? It’s January in Ohio. North Central Ohio, no less! I was pretty bummed that the snow was gone and sad that I had to explain every 30 minutes or so that the snow was melting so we wouldn’t see it anymore to a 2 year old. Namely one who doesn’t have a firm grasp on climate change. Anyway, I traded in snow boots for the stroller and we took a walk every other day. Yesterday, we talked about making a second trip outside to walk to a park, but went to the children’s museum instead. The warm weather is going to be here for a few more days, so I’ll try to squeeze that little trip in later.
What I learned this past week is that 15 minutes is not nearly enough time. Honestly, if I’m going to the trouble to bundle of 2 children, plus myself in snow gear to go outside for 15 minutes, it’s just not worth it. So our outside time was between 30 and 45 minutes. On the colder days, I gauged the length of our stay outside by how Sylvia was going. For the most part, she’s been content to hang out in our little sled and go for rides around the yard while Liam was making his tracks. This week has started out with a walk, but I’m hoping it will end with a snowman. I’ve always been a bit of a compulsive weather channel checker, but now, I’m planning our day’s activities around it!