A Minnesota Winter

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February 22, 2013 by Gina

It’s February and in Minnesota that means only one thing…at least a few more months of winter (it doesn’t matter if the groundhog sees his shadow or not – we always have more winter)! I was reminded of that all too often in the past weeks and today, with yet another few inches of fresh snow on the ground.  We’ve had a lot of snow in the past few weeks (thankfully not three feet at one time like on the east coast) and it’s been colder this winter than we’ve had recently.

I love how beautiful and fresh everything looks after a snowfall.  The bare tree branches glisten with white powder and everything just looks so clean outside.  The boys love to shovel the driveway and tromp through the snow in their winter gear.  Little Getty (almost 2), looks like Ralphie from “A Christmas Story” – he can barely move his arms up and down but he screams his little head off when we make him come inside.

For all of us, but especially children, time spent outside is a necessity.  Winter makes that a bit harder with cold temperatures and wind.  But when we are outside, it’s a winter wonderland adventure – snow angels, snowmen (why are they always men?), walking on a frozen pond.  We’ve even dusted off our swing set or gone to the park to break up the cold day.  Next on the list will be ice fishing and ice skating.  I remember ice fishing with my dad, brother and grandpa.  It always amazed me that under all that ice the fish were swimming around like winter wasn’t happening.    Drilling the hole with the ice auger and sitting on an overturned five gallon bucket were part of the fun, but walking on a frozen lake always was the most exciting part of any ice activity!

Despite all the fun things to do during a Minnesota winter, I’m more than ready to welcome a warmer spring.  March is typically the snowiest month so we’ll have time to enjoy some more winter activities before the snow turns to slush and the days grow longer.

P.S. – I’d normally have some great winter pictures of my kids but my computer crashed and I’m in the process of recovering these photos!

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