Monday, February 4, 2008

A refreshing start to February

We had a lovely weekend of doing next to nothing. We sat around in a cabin where we ate ice cream by the wood fire, played Ya.htzee and got lost in one of the nearby state parks while I tried out some borrowed snow shoes (why have we not invested in these marvelous contraptions!!?) Gladys had a blast as well; she's a city dog born to live in the country, so the woods were the best playground she could have asked for.

We returned from our getaway in time to see most of the S.uperbowl. I got most of our tax info in order and E made some delicious chicken wings for the event. All in all a very nice weekend.

We have both had it with the winter this year, so getting away was a nice way to refresh for the rest of winter. We've had an outrageous amount of snow and cold for one season in this part of the country, and I've felt something like a shut in for the last couple of months. Coming into February makes me (wrongly, I'm sure) believe that we are just one month away from spring weather. Nevermind that March 1st hardly ever brings spring weather. Although the shift in weather generally occurs mid-late March, there is something about this mindframe that gets me through the end of winter every year. I think this year has been particularly difficult because I've limited going outside for fear of falling on all of the ice and snow (and a dog pulling on the leash only exacerbates that fear/reality.)

Maybe too, I know that spring is the last season before our baby arrives. I can hardly believe that he's coming!! This weekend I must have thought "I can't wait to see him" about 50,000 times. I know he's not ready to be here, and I know we still have quite a bit to do before he arrives, but I am really starting to day dream about holding him, changing his diapers and falling in love with his little face over and over again. I can't truly believe that we're going to be parents, and I'm trying to imagine what that might truly mean because - honestly - how can we really know until we're doing it? Today, I'm not afraid of the whole parenting thing; I'm just truly excited, dripping with the anticipation of getting there. There being that place that we've been trying to get to for 3 years. 3 years on this road to finally meeting our son.

Damn! I can't wait for spring!


Anonymous said...

yes, winter has been terrible here in Madison! Usually it's really really cold, or not too cold with lots of snow. This year it's really really cold with lots of snow. I second you on that shut-in feeling.

Maybe by the end of March things will start to thaw and come back to life . . .

--the Wisconsin lurker :)

Alissa said...

I want a weekend away!

mrsbluemont said...

boo on winter. i've been feeling like a shut-in too.

cheers for getting ready to meet your son. i'm so excited for you and can't wait to see him too!


Renee and Janice said...

YEAH!! So glad ya had a nice weekend. I can't wait to see all the pics of the baby boy!! I can't believe the time is just flying for you ladies!!

tbean said...

I'm so excited for you to get there too!
And if it is any help, I always find February easier because the days finally start to feel longer again, with more daylight time. Even if it is still cold and snowy!

Poltzie said...

Yeah for a weekend away. I'm feeling exactly like you though and I just can't wait to be a mom (today)!!

SaraS-P said...

Wow, the arrival is getting closer! Imagine spending the winter holidays of 2008 with an infant!