It's that time of year when everyone rushes from the tram or their car, into the warmth of their home, and you can possibly go weeks without seeing neighbors. The days are short but slowly growing longer, but goodness! They are coooold! God must have a sense of humor to move a Texas girl to such a cold place. I'm pretty much always cold, but I've learned a few things. Here are a few of my bare necessities for hunkering down in the winter:

 Our car is under there somewhere.  

Our car is under there somewhere.  

Blankets. I'm sitting on the couch after getting the kids in bed, and it sounds pretty quiet. Score! Within arm's reach are three blankets. Two quilts and one blanket to be precise. Our home is not freezing by any means, but cold weather means blankets and cuddles. The more the merrier. 

  Soup.  There's nothing like a big pot of soup simmering when everyone walks in the door and takes their layers off (making an explosion of our entry). There's always enough for seconds, and warm cornbread never hurt either.  

 Explosion of shoes and scarves, hats and gloves.  

Explosion of shoes and scarves, hats and gloves.  

Candles. While I dream of a fire place, the flicker of candle light will just have to do. Candles = cozy. I just have to have some light during the long evenings.

Books. Everywhere! We read a ton in the winter. The kids are now able to read to themselves and it is beautiful, but we all love a read aloud book too.

 She loves the snow! 

She loves the snow! 

No drafts. I have a dear friend that makes fun of me for this one, but she has yet to experience winter like I have, her sweet southern self! Having the right gear for the weather is important. And have at least one layer that tucks in. Make sure your scarf covers your neck and the wind isn't shooting up your sleeve between your gloves and your jacket sleeve. Basically make everything air tight! Ha! I'm a weenie!

Fun!  our first winter here, my husband came home pulling two sleds and they have been put to good use. With all this white stuff, all you need is a good hill for hours of fun! And if you're stuck inside, there's pretty much nothing a good dance party can't cure. 

 It was the first snow and there was barely enough to cover the ground, but he HAD to make a snow angel.  

It was the first snow and there was barely enough to cover the ground, but he HAD to make a snow angel.  

Through the years, I have learned to look forward to the long dark evenings together and brace myself for the chill outside my door. I still have a love/hate relationship with winter, but I'm dealing. 😉 You can take the girl out of Texas...

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