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I only work three days a week, Tues-Thurs.  While our weekends are filled with family activities, that leaves Cora and I with two days, to ourselves, to get into trouble.  Right now, Monday’s tend to be our wind down day at home to relax and Friday’s are our errand running day.  In between, on those days, we spend a lot of time outside.  Whether that means hikes with the dog, picnics, walks in town, going to the park or swinging on the porch, we just love to be outside.

As fall is fully upon us here in the Midwest, we are now needing a sweatshirt in the morning, and I’m realizing our schedule will change as winter creeps in.  Meaning, we are going to be stuck inside if I don’t find something more fulfilling than wandering Target every Friday and Monday this winter. Fun for me, not as fun for the kiddo.

It may also seem crazy to be so worried about impending winter with beautiful fall currently surrounding us but I truly hate winter.  Hate the weather, hate the cold, hate being stuck inside, and hate my husband gone for long days plowing the snow.  It gets harder on me each year and I find planning things to look forward really helps.  So yea, protecting my sanity.

We don’t have crap in our small town besides the YMCA.  A quick search shows story time at the library is on Wednesdays and doesn’t offer much more for her age.  So we broadened our search into the city.  After a talk with a few other parents, we decided to look into swim lessons for Cora.  The kid already swims all over the bath tub and has no water fear!  We talked to several places, went last week to check one out and got her signed up to start the day after her birthday.  Every Friday morning, this winter, her and I will plop in a 90 degree pool to learn how to kick, blow bubbles, and who knows what else, with a few other Mom’s and their babes.  Very exciting!

While we already have a zoo pass, that is even quite useful in the winter, we are also looking into a pass for the children’s museum.  Ours really rocks here and that place is a bit easier for me to take her to by myself, so she can burn off energy when it turns to complete winter shit outside.  After that we have a little kiddo gym that we would also like to visit where she can safely climb her heart out and jump everywhere.

I even tried, once more, to look for any play groups to join.  Fail.  I just can’t.  I’m kind of hoping the more we get out to these places maybe both Cora and I can naturally make friends instead of forcing ourselves into a group that we probably won’t fit into.

Anyone else have go-to ideas to fend off winter before it hits us?