Winter Happenings

When we told people about our plans to move to Minnesota, we were met with all sorts of grunts and goans immediately followed by ‘just wait until winter.’ Well winter is here and it hasn’t been so bad yet. Yes, it gets damn cold. Even this week when the thermometer tells me it’s 30-40 degrees outside, thanks to humidity and wind, it feels 10-15 degrees cooler.

Regardless of the chill in the air we’re making the most of our winter. There isn’t too much you can’t do if you’re bundled up. Last week we did just that.



Friday night Josh fired up the chiminea and we roasted some marshmallows for some winter s’mores under a clear, star-filled sky.





Sure there were some sticky gloves and frosty noses, but we had a great time.

We heard about the Winter Festival in Saint Paul which featured an event called Crashed Ice. We strolled through some ice sculptures which we unfortunately melting due to the unseasonably warm (for Minnesota) temperatures. It was a muddy mess.


We ate some dinner and then made our way through the crowds to see the Crashed Ice event. It looked terrifying, but then again I’m not such a great ice skater.


It was hard to see and there were so many people that we stayed for a couple races then went back down the the ice skating rink. Ella was really excited to ice skate for the first time. She waited so patiently for our turn.

They handed me the tiniest skates I’d ever seen. She could hardly contain her excitement as she waited for me to put on my skates. She practiced walking around on her skates until I was ready to head to the ice.

The minute we got onto the ice she wanted to skate on one foot. She must have seen it in a movie or something. We very very slowly made our way over the the side of the rink where Josh and Anderson were waiting.



The pictures aren’t the best, but that’s ok. It took us probably 20 minutes to get all the way around. We didn’t even fall down! Once was enough and Ella said she was done until we could go again at the rink in the park by our house. We may have ice skating lessons in our future.

Once we actually have snow I think we’ll head out to snowshoe and cross-country ski. We still have more winter ahead so there will be time I’m sure.


Snowy Sunday

Winter has finally arrived, much to our surprise. Sunday morning we woke up to seven inches of new snow. It was the perfect day for Ella to try out her new snowpants and boots.

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After getting our fill of snow, it was time to head in for some hot chocolate.

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Ella really enjoyed her first hot chocolate.

The snow is tapering off, but not before giving us a few more inches. The morning commute should be interesting.

Three Things (ok Four Things) Thursday

  1. I have been a horrible blogger lately. Truth is things have been pretty boring around my house. I’m currently sick and feeling awful, no trips happening and outside of work, we’ve been relaxing. When we have done stuff like going to the Natural History Museum with Ella for the first time or Super Bowl and Mardi Gras Parties, by the time I get around to uploading pictures, it’s old news. I promise to try a little bit harder to stay on top of things and post more than once a week. If I get desperate, you may start to see lots of videos like this one:

2.   I’ve gotten lazy. Like for real, LAZY. There was week or maybe two, that I only ran 10-12 miles total. That was my exercise for the entire week unless you count carrying around Ella and doing Knees Up Mother Brown with her as we sing with Raffi. Note, if you have a toddler and do not know about Raffi…let me introduce you to the child whisperer. My brother and I loved him when we were young. Ella also loves him. I mean blows him kisses and everything.

3.   I think the terrible two’s actually start at about 18 months. Ella is not terrible by any means, but hello tantrums. I’d say we experience this joy once every other day, if not almost daily. They last for a mere minute, but feel like an eternity. The latest, full body thrown on the ground because daddy tried to put a sweater on her instead of the t-shirt she picked out. It was a rough morning for poor daddy. Our fashionista has very strong opinions about what she wants to wear these days.

4.  One more just because I’m currently freezing which annoys me, because you know it is February and is supposed to be in the upper 50s. I ran 7.25 miles outside on Saturday in shorts and a t-shirt. I got hot. It was my fastest run of the year and the first one I’ve done outside. It felt good, but of course my legs, so used to the nice cushion and level surface of the treadmill, were sore.  When the temperature drops to seasonal averages, I get grumpy now thanks to what feels like spring rather than winter. It’s snowing and supposed to snow again this weekend. Unless it’s a blizzard, no thank you, take it away so I can run outside again and not freeze my now, wimpy butt off in the cold.