Changing Weather


It's grey today and the weather is turning colder. When the wind begins to have that bite, it's hard for me to fight that feeling of dread that settles in my chest because winters in Minnesota are long and harsh. I mentioned to the kids that the weather app on my phone showed the snowflake icon for the first time. I don't know that it will snow today but the snowflake is there and will be there more often in the coming days and weeks.

Zeca said, "I love the snow!" just as I said, "Noooooooooo!" Miguel summed it up best when he said that he loves snow and loves winter but, "The problem in Minnesota is there is just too much winter. If the seasons were evenly divided, then we would have three months of winter - because 12 divided by 4 is 3 - and that is just the right amount of winter."

There you have it - a math lesson and commentary on Minnesota winters.

In honor of the snow that may be coming and the winter that definitely is, I wanted to share an old video that's become part of our family narrative. Anytime we ask to see something, we say, "Lemme see..." and imitate Zeca's voice in this video.

I had actually forgotten that I had posted this on YouTube but it came to my attention again when Zeca found my YouTube account and went through my videos. She's been watching this one on repeat, enjoying the peek into her own past. "I was so cute, mama!"

Yes. Yes she was.

This was Zeca's first Snow Day. It snowed all day and the snow in the backyard was deep and we have a few pictures of us all playing in the snow and every one is obscured with the clumps of wet snow falling. But in our early days with kids, snow was magical because we saw it all through their eyes.