Children, somehow, don't feel the cold if there's fun involved, but I am most definitely not a winter person. I hate the cold, I hate the slush, I hate the wind; hats and scarves make me itchy and no matter what boots I wear my feet always freeze; I don't ski or snowboard or snowshoe or ice skate. For me, outdoor fun means swimming and biking and hiking and sitting in the sun, preferably with a nice cold drink. Slush is for margaritas, and frost is for a beer bottle on a hot summer afternoon.
The children disagree.
So, dutiful Mommy that I am, every day with snow on the ground finds me braving the winter wonderland that is Ontario in January, bundling up the boys in their snowsuits, hats, mitts and scarves and heading out for some outdoor winter fun.
And of course no day of outdoor winter fun would be complete without a big mug of steaming hot chocolate to finish off the afternoon.
There really is so much to do outside with the kids in the winter - it's just that it's all cold. But, on balance, it's a lot more fun - and certainly healthier for all of us - than spending the two weeks of winter vacation stuck indoors and inactive.
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