This week my kids are on “spring break”. I put that in quotes because it’s an utter misnomer. This vacation from school needs a new name like Winter Break Part II – because nearly every year we happen to have “spring break” during the worst possible stretch of weather possible that comes with the changing seasons in Ohio. This year it snowed 6 inches the first day! (I KNEW I shouldn’t have put the snow clothes away after the last storm, silly me!) Windy, cold, and all forms of precipitation are the theme and my 6 year old doesn’t yet understand why it’s not nice out when everyone says spring is here. Melting snowmen dot the yards in the neighborhoods as the temperature swings from low 20s at night to the upper 30s during the day. We get very excited when the thermometer gets above 45 degrees here – the kids put on flipflops and start looking for their shorts and pumping up the bike tires because it’s like a heat wave.
But all sarcasm aside, there are hopeful signs that real spring is coming. It’s just a little bit slow this year and honestly that’s fine with me. I don’t handle extreme temperature swings very well because it takes time for my body to adjust to heat. Same with the animals – they need time to shed their heavy winter coats, and if we get slammed with a couple of odd days in the 80s (like last year!) they are very uncomfortable and lay around panting and giving me looks that say “why don’t you do something about this?” And since there is no shade because the trees have not leafed out yet, the goats would stay in the barn all day and the rabbits would lay flat out n their sides in poses that scare me every time I check on them.
Until the weather fully makes the switch to days that we can get outside with a shovel in hand and some sunny Vitamin D therapy, we find ways to keep busy inside. Yesterday I played Nintendo Wii Sports with my youngest daughter. We had so much fun and I even worked up a sweat! We will bake some fun foods and possibly go out to eat a couple times just to get out of the house. The garden centers are open so maybe we will stop in and take in the fragrance of the hyacinths and Easter Lily plants. I also try to find some bright fun t-shirts and socks for the girls. Little things like this will get us through.
How do you make it through Winter Break Part II? I hope some of you get to go somewhere warm.