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So let’s get real here. Texas doesn’t really get snow. Not even a little. The fog rolls in and we can pretend that is some sort of snow blanket occurring and bundle up in our comfy sweaters. But by noon those sweaters are quickly replaced with T-shirts and shorts. But lately we have seen cooler mornings and slower days. Is it just me or when fall comes everything seems to be going in slow motion up until the last day of the year?
Of course you have the Holidays to prepare for which speeds up the next few weeks, but each day takes a little longer to get through and a little more patience on my end to make it until bedtime with the kids. There has definitely been more cuddling lately since the kids were sick and only want to lay around coloring or watching a movie.
But as we prepare to make another move we have slowly realized how little in winter gear we have for the kids. Everything they used to fit now will fit the baby but we have to get all new clothes for the older kids again. Why do they have to get so big so fat? My daily rant right now (ok like all week). I told ya’ll I was being way too nostalgic yesterday about the kids getting older.
Either way, we are slowly getting prepared for the upcoming winter when we move.
How do you prepare for winter?
We love to bundle up with our favorite kinds of throw blankets. I plan to get the kids the knit throw blankets for their rooms and hopefully find bigger ones this time. We also love finding great deals on jackets and snow pants. (snow?! We haven’t had to worry about snow in a couple years! We might freeze to death!) We have a list of stocking stuffers we have planned throughout the year (isn’t that the cheapest way to prepare for christmas!) and on the list were these adorable socks for the kids.
When I told the kids we were going to have a picnic outside (moms sneaky way to get them to have a photoshoot) my daughter ran to the fridge and said, “Lets eat big apples!” Could they be a little bigger then their faces by chance…This definitely made the photo when they brought the apples out.
We got these cute little socks from Wild Flower Mornings and have worn them almost everyday. They will come in handy while we transition to the snow. My daughters favorite part is that they are, “long socks for princess” and she can roll them up herself.
A few other things we prepare by doing are stocking up on cocoa, planning family movies nights, making gingerbread cookies, (of course after thanksgiving pumpkin pie), going on morning hikes, tinfoil cookouts, ice skating, building snowmen, knocking one tradition at a time off the list before Christmas comes.
Where to find winter recipes
Some of my favorite foods only taste absolutely perfect around the holidays. Like stuffig…sure you can eat it year round but it just sits better around thanksgiving making it a comfort food during this time. I have listed below some foveate recipes for fall and winter months. Not necessarily for the holidays but taste just as good during them!
Easy Chicken Parmesan Soup from The Six Sisters Stuff
Million Dollar Macoroni & Cheese from Carldbad Cravings
Pot Roast With Potatoes & Carrots from Cooking Classy
Easy Spiced Hot Fruit Bake from Cotter Crunch
Salted Carmel Hot Chocolate from Cooking Classy
Cheesy Baked Ziti from Dellalo
Pumpkin Pie Cake from The Butter Half
Don’t these sound amazing? I have about 20 others I plan on trying to make within the coming months and can’t wait. It actually makes grocery shopping more exciting when you have a meal plan. I am the worst at meal planning but try so hard to keep to a schedule and always have a list of fall back easy meals when I don’t want to cook anything.
There is so much to do before we enter into the freezing months (because right now we are running around in t-shirts and flip-flops still) and I am getting excited for the magic that happens this time of year. Especially for the kids to finally understand a little more around the holidays. It is kind of precious when my three year old brings me a pictures and puts the letter “A” on it (learning to write abc’s) and says, “here mom I wrote a letter to santa!” How could you not send that little “little” to santa then!
Winter activities for the family
I love making a list of activities to do with the kids. Some of my favorite things we have done and plan to do again (mainly with my oldest so far) is have little “parties” for any occasion. A few of my favorite kids friendly activities have been straight from pinterest of course… Things like having a hot chocolate party • Paint the Snow (My Life and Kids blog) • Cute Pinecone Craft (from two kids and a coupon) • making Gift Baskets for others (from Landeelu) • make fondue • life size candy land • apple cider and carmel apples • interview kids • snow fort • paper snowflakes • family photos • photo shoot • puppet shows • sledding • tea parties • make fruit leather (from Wellness Mama) • scavenger hunts • tree farm • toilet paper phone and string games • and so much more!
There are so many things to pack into the Winter months but good things it extends past Christmas time! I am getting so excited just thinking about layering up in clothes, wearing long cozy socks, all the recipes I hope to get to, and the countless activities we will be trying to do one by one as a family. I thought my November goals list was small but now I see I need to add this whole post to it as well. How can you not love the Winter when there are so many fun things like dressing the kids in matching outfits? i had never thought I would be one to dress the kids up and match but oh they are dang cute when I do. I have to make them while I still can right!?
Well this post got away from me and I need to wrap it up..(like a present…ok bad joke) But what things do you have planned for the Winter months? Any fun recipes you want to try or mind sharing? What is your favorite Activity for the kids? Comment Below!
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