Monday, January 28, 2013

A Winter Walk

A few weeks ago, we woke up one very cold Saturday morning excited that our day held absolutely nothing on the agenda. Mike and I talked about the joy of starting a fire in the fireplace, sipping hot cocoa, and staying in our pajamas all day long. Then our three children came bounding into our bedroom and jumped on our bed (as they do most Saturday mornings). However, instead of seeing three happy faces, we quickly realized two out of our three had clearly woken up on the wrong side of the bed. There was whining and complaining galore. Our hopes of not leaving the house were dashed as we realized that if we didn't get out and do something, it was going to be a looooong day inside.

So after a quick breakfast, we bundled up and headed for a walk at the nature center close to our house. The sky was grey and the high temperature for the day was estimated to be in the 20's, but it was only ten o'clock in the morning. I'm guessing it was only in the upper teens at that time. Maybe. Whatever it was, it was cold. It didn't deter us, though. We wandered the trails until our cheeks were numb, but our hearts were pumping and our lungs were full of fresh air. It was just what we needed.
 Our trail going by the very low Spring Creek.
Into the woods we go 
 Hannah and Leah brought their video camera which they used to make a few short movies while we were walking. Turns out their hands were too cold to really give a good go at it!
A rare shot of me in a hat.

When we got back home, we changed back into our lazy comfy clothes, started a fire, and drank some hot cocoa together. Who knew that a very cold, but very peaceful winter walk was just what the doctor ordered to take the Grumpies away.

PS) Today it is sunny and in the upper 70's. January in Oklahoma is totally unpredictable. We'll probably have snow tomorrow.

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