I have always loved the colder months, you get to wrap up in snuggly scarves, big chunky knit jumpers and trendy boots. However, I have come to realise that in fact I am not really a fan of winter after Christmas. All year I look forward to September when the children go back to school that signifies, for me, the start of the build up to Christmas. I love Autumn the best, getting excited for Halloween/bonfire night, the leaves turning that gorgeous burnt orange/red colour and the colder crisper days/nights. I love having a cosy home, decked out with scented candles, soft lighting and fluffy blankets, plus the heating turned up to full.
But right now I’m absolutely bloody sick to death of winter and all of the above. I hate the dark nights, I’m sick of scented candles and soft lighting, the house feels damp and dirty, I hate having to layer up on the school run – scarf, gloves, 3 tops and a coat – not to mention the dreaded “mum bun” ugh! The weather we have been getting in Devon has been awful, my hair looks and feels like straw, my skin is flaky and I’m SO COLD all of the time, I hate being cold.
I’m so fed up of wearing outfits like these and having to put my hair up because of the horizontal rain. Granted, come September I will be longing to wear outfits like these as I’m that fickle and will have forgotten what a bore it is to dress like this. This is typical mum attire and I wish I could be more adventurous and trendy but if I wore a skirt or dress my legs would freeze in tights, I need comfort during winter.
I’m dreaming of maxi dresses, tanned skin, the smell of sun-cream, the sound of my children laughing and splashing about in the pool, the faint music of the ice cream van doing its rounds. I am craving that massive spring clean I do every year, the house looks brighter and fresher, the sun beams through the double doors and I just love the sunny warm evenings. The blossom that falls during spring time, the lighter evenings, everyone is in a good mood, and not forgetting the Easter eggs.
Everything feels such a struggle during the proper winter months, the weather is unpredictable so you are unable to plan much. I have tried to step out of my comfort zone this past week and take Charlie to a couple of new groups that I wouldn’t normally go to just to get out of the house and do something productive. We went to a fab group today called The Creation Station Exmouth, it is a class for children from 15 months to 5 years. The kiddies get to play with paints, glue, sequins, feathers etc and just generally make a mess in the process of actually making a picture. Charlie had a blast getting crafty and didn’t want to leave, so we will certainly be returning after half term. If you are local to Exmouth check out their Facebook page as there are sessions on in various areas of Devon.
We have booked a holiday to Majorca this year and I cannot wait to feel the warm sun against my skin, it is amazing how good the sun makes you feel. These winter months seem to be dragging and we are getting every bug going, no matter how much Zoflora I use we cannot shake these germs off. Everyone is tired and we are definitely ready for half term next week, I know that I won’t get a lie in past 6am but knowing that I don’t have to get up and rush around to be out of the house by 8.40am is going to be amazing.
I plan to fill up our week with a couple of play dates, a trip to World of Country Life, a trip to soft play – as soon as it opens at 9am, so Charlie can have a whizz around without being trampled on by hyper bigger kids – a couple of down days for the children to get their toys out and play together as they really miss each other when it is a school day, and there is also a birthday party to attend. I am just praying that we get some sunshine as both Amelie and Charlie love playing in the garden. In fact Charlie was out there this afternoon playing with his Little Tikes car and some water. He was absolutely freezing when he came in, his little hands were like ice.
I am making an effort to stick to my workouts of 3-4 times a week but that is all very well if I’m eating healthily. However all I want to do at the moment is stay indoors, eat carbs, chocolate and biscuits and drink cups of tea all day – not good for the waistline! During spring/summer I find it so much easier to stick to a clean diet, winter just screams stodge to me and I’m going with it.
I can’t wait to start moaning about how hot I am and how I can’t wait until Autumn, ha ha!