Outdoor Reading

Two days ago, the weather was gorgeous. Well, still a little chilly, but not so cold and windy that we couldn’t play outdoors. I bundled the babe up and took the kids out to play. They all had lots of fun, and I sat on the porch wrapped in a blanket reading a book with a mug of warm milk. I don’t get outdoors enough in the winter. If it’s not too cold, the kids go outside and play, but me, I’m usually inside trying to get laundry, cooking etc. done while they are out. Boy, it felt really good to be out there. Sitting and reading, which doesn’t happen much during the day, with the sunshine beating down on my face. I need to get out more. I know it seems kind of silly that some days I don’t even step outside of the house, but some days I don’t. We homeschool, so I don’t have to take the kids somewhere every day, and with the windchill dropping the temperature by 20 degrees most of the winter, it’s not that brilliant for being outside. That wind can be brutal, one of the downsides of winter in Wyoming. As with the 20 minutes of crafting each day, I am going to try to spend 20 minutes outdoors. I’m not sure if it’ll happen every day, but I’m going to try. I think can do twenty minutes. Other news around here, our big guy did a great job with getting his tooth pulled. I had such traumatic memories of the dentist when I was a kid, but I shouldn’t have even worried. I love our kid’s dentist, and they do too. They had it out in a matter of minutes and he came bounding out with his tooth in a little tooth shaped container. Our kiddo has been wearing a night guard as part of a series of nightguards to hopefully avoid full on braces. Today we got the bad news that he will have to wear real braces for a while as the permanent tooth that was growing in behind the baby one will need some work to be pulled forward. I also found out that my lovely braces will now be on till March 29th. Ugh! They were originally supposed to be off last September, and it has been dragging since then. So, for a little while here, me and my kiddo will both have braces on at the same time. He is really excited at the thought of having blue bands around his brackets. The kids are always disappointed when I refuse to get hot pink ones. I try to explain that that is more for kids, and not mommies. Good news though, our van is fixed. What we thought was going to be a whole transmission problem was just one little part. The dealer was going to charge us $170 to switch it out. Hubby ordered the part for $35 and switched it himself. Yay! That was a huge relief. Don’t forget to leave a comment on yesterday’s post for a chance to win some cloth bags. It’s nice to meet some new people. Hope you guys have a great day. I’ll see you tomorrow.

books, family, home, homeschooling • Friday, January 29th, 2010 • 14 Comments »
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14 Responses to “Outdoor Reading”

  1. coco rose says:

    I’m with you on this. Some days i don’t go out. Some days I am quite happy to potter all day in the house and get things done. I have a friend who is completely the opposite, as soon as the kids are dropped off at school she is out all day until tea time! Sometimes it’s nice though to wrap up warm and be outside with the cold on your face. You get that glow when you come back in and it’s a nice bracing feeling, especially when you have a warm fire or a lovely hot drink waiting for you! xxx

  2. Jennifer says:

    Thanks for stopping by coco rose. It was nice to have the breeze on my face, the babe loved it too. She was pretty bundled up, but had nice rosy cheeks to show for it.

  3. Jen says:

    I think you should get pink bands on your braces. It might make the extra time a little more fun! You are never too old to have a little fun.

  4. Sue says:

    Glad the trip to the dentist went well.


  5. AG Ambroult says:

    glad all went well with the tooth. And having braces is not so bad when you’re a kid. I had ’em twice. Yours will be off before you know it–hang in there! And horray for the husband-turned-mechanic!

  6. Emma says:

    oooh sitting in the sun reading is truly one of lifes greatest pleasures!
    Hope you get lots more sunny days and I’m hoping we get a few over here too!!
    Glad to hear all went well at the dentists.
    Em x

  7. SparklePetal says:

    Good news about the van! I bet March 29th is here before you know it too.

    I’ve been getting some short outdoor times recently as Snow White is desperate to practice walking in the big wide world. It takes a l-o-n-g time to go out of the back door, along the path and round to the front door! She wants to pick up every piece of stone and touch every hedge. It’s lovely to get out and breathe the air, even when it’s cold or drizzly.

  8. kristina says:

    Braces always seem to need to stay on longer than the orthodontist predicts–so frustrating! K x

  9. French Knots says:

    Getting out for some sun is so mood enhancing, and to get chance to read is a great bonus!
    When I was a child and wore braces there weren’t any snazzy colours, just plain silver metal. Pink bands sound fun!

  10. Bley says:

    Glad to hear everything is going well at your house! Your pictures are always so full of sunshine, it makes me jealous because of our gray wintry days here in Ohio.

  11. Anna, Sydney says:

    Aaah I still remember so vividly the first teasing rays of sun before spring when I still lived in Europe. Do try to go out and enjoy them, even only for 15-20 minutes a day. It’s such a different feel to them compared to summer rays.

    Squinting my eyes trying to see what you’re reading… :o)

    Good to hear about tooth and van.

  12. Emily says:

    I’m the same. Growing up in Texas I’m a little of a wuss for being outside in the cold winter weather. But we get such a great sunshine here that I’ve been able to spend a little time outside here and there soaking it in. And just like you, after each time outside I think, “Boy, we need to get out more on these warmer winter days!” In fact, I think I’ll take the boys over to the playground when they wake up.

    Great news on your van! Isn’t it nice to have a resourceful husband and find ways to fix things less expensively?! I know I’m thankful for my husband doing things like that all of the time.

    Enjoy your weekend!

  13. Jennifer says:

    Bley, most days here have been very grey, it was a rare moment the other day with the sun shining.

    Anna, I was rereading For The Children’s Sake by Susan Schaeffer Macaulay, a very good book on educating children.

  14. Charlotte says:

    Really love the idea of you sitting outside, cold but wrapped up and feeling the sun on your face. Lovely.

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