The Importance of Embracing January
I wanted to call this post, "January, How I Loathe Ye," but that was just giving it what it wanted to hear. January, oh January. You have NEW meaning to me as a mother, a mother who depends on parks and playgrounds and the great outdoors as a resting place to drink my hot coffee while my babies get their daily dose of beautiful, fresh air that they have come to crave. THIS is what January looks like in Colorado for all of those of you planning to make a move here like the 100K some odd new residents we got last year. (I secretly hope this snow scares some off a little.)
Since the holidays, I have in serious unwind-mode. We have ventured out to parks when we reached at least 50 degrees, but most of the time, momma was a chilly, trembling, clock-watching lady. I am a Colorado native so yes, I can handle cold, but the wind? Forget it! This old, dirty, wet and messy snow? See 'ya! With kiddos, it is sort of hard to contain them from wanting to waltz through it or slide off and land into a pile of it or wander about eating it. Remy was crunching on handfuls of dirty snow, calling it her, "apples."
Here are a few nice things I DO have to say about January. January: You have slowed me down to a level of appreciating slow, cozy mornings, like today when we all snuggled in bed and made a tent with my quilt and played "hiding." You have given me the perfect weather to focus my intentions for my year and allotted me time to just be. No splash parks to hit, not many parties to attend, the gift buying over, no farmer's markets to catch, just January. You have given me inspiration to plan another playdate party with our little friends, who have also been hunkering down and hopefully wanting to gather for Valentine's Day come February. January, you have been cold, not too snowy, pretty blustery and boring, BUT, I think that's why you are on the calendar. You are our comma. Our pause to tune in and assess the year ahead. Plan vacations, clean out closets, read those books we vowed to read, and sip coffee in our pajamas. January brings about a bit of balance, and that's why I like her.
Here's a few photos I took at the park last week.
I love Arlo's expressive, arched brows and dimples on either side of her scrunched nose. I LOVE Remy's dark, espresso hued eyes and her half smiles. Remy's tiny, bendy fingers holding the slide and her determination to climb up that big ladder all by herself, and Arlo's fearless nature to about walk OFF the end of that same area and go down the slide head first on her belly sometimes. These girls haven't let January slow them down one bit!
Thanks for reading!