Now that we are at the unofficial start of summer, I suppose it’s time to sum up our winter. It didn’t exactly go as planned. In bracing our attitude to make the best of our time here in Michigan I had planned to take full advantage of a Michigan winter. Unfortunately Mother Nature didn’t cooperate. We also took a hit health wise.
I had planned for a lot of playing in the snow, and we were off to a good start with a white Christmas, but it didn’t last beyond that. Some of the things I had planned were skiing, sledding, and ice skating. I’d also planned an overnight “camping” trip to a state park to stay in a yurt and a trip to Great Wolf Lodge. The mild winter prohibited the winter sporting events and an extended illness for both Annelise and I cancelled our trips.
For Christmas I gave Annelise ski lessons along with all the necessary paraphernalia minus the actual skis. Skis were provided with the lessons and if they had gone well I would have looked into getting a pair for her. She was suppose to have five lessons. It rained on four of the lesson days cancelling them. They were able to give one make up lesson but that was it. The two lessons she did have went very well, so we’ll plan to do it again next year. I unfortunately didn’t get any skiing in. I had hoped we could have had a couple of ski weekends but that didn’t happen. Expense did factor into that. At this point she could probably only handle being out there for an hour or two at a time, and the one or two days we could have gone I just couldn’t justify the expense of passes and ski rentals for both of us for that short of time period. Next year she’ll have a season pass provided by the Dirt Dawgs so maybe if I get one for myself and we can find some inexpensive used skis we’ll get some more skiing in. I had also hoped to get some cross country skiing in, but it seemed that any day that would have been a good day for me to go, she was home sick from school, so that didn’t happen.
Being sick was a common theme of the winter. She came down with a fever on February 1st and it wasn’t until nearly the end of March that she was back to full health. I try not to be a “run to the doctor asking for antibiotics for every little sniffle” type mom, but we did eventually end up there and she needed a course of antibiotics for a ruptured eardrum. She missed a lot of school.. It seemed to be this endless cycle of fever, recovery and then fever again before she could even get back to class. Her pediatrician said that we weren’t the only ones struggling with this. She had several parents who were convinced their kids had autoimmune diseases because they just couldn’t shake the fever and respiratory infection cycle. And of course whatever she gets I get. For most of February and March I struggled with a low fever and fatigue. I burned through all of my time off from work, which will make our summer plans difficult (right now I’m working on some creative scheduling so that we can still do everything we had planned to do).
By the time we were feeling like ourselves again the winter was over and it was time to move on to spring. The one thing we did do over the winter was get a membership to our local YMCA. I initially signed her up for a membership so that she could get a discount on classes. Both her dance classes and ski classes were through them and we are also planning on swim lessons this summer. I added a membership for myself in hopes that I would be motivated to workout while she was in dance class. That happened a couple of times, but mostly we used our membership to access the pool. We got into a routine of going swimming on Sunday afternoon and then picking up bread sticks on the way home.
Annelise continued with dance throughout the winter. I really wan’t sure how she would like dance lessons but she has loved it. I’m glad we went with lessons at the YMCA instead of a dance studio. They seemed to be more laid back than what I’ve seen from the studios. I personally loved watching her go into class excited, laughing and joking with her instructor and classmates. Those wrapped up last weekend, well take a break for the summer and then hopefully more dancing in the fall.
Now that our winter is over and we’re well on our way to summer, we have other adventures planned. We’ve started to put together our summer bucket list. The first part of the summer I’m in class, then I’ll have two months off from school. During that time we’ll hopefully be moving and getting settled before Annelise starts Kindergarten in the fall.