I’m such a grump when it comes to Winter activities. I admit it. Chris and Kennedy don’t really feel the cold, but I feel it enough for all three of us. I love to look at pretty pictures of snow and I enjoy cuddling up under a blanket with a hot drink and watching the snow fall outside, but when it comes to sledding and playing outside, I almost always find a way to get out of it.
Lucky for me, we only get little bursts of Winter here and the rest of the time, the weather is usually rather Spring-like instead. When it does get really cold though, Chris and Kennedy always make the most of it and I have to admit, that they get up to some pretty fun things.
We’ve been working on an ice rink for the last two Winters. Last year, it just wasn’t cold enough at all. This year we were a little more successful!
They’ve only actually been able to use it once, but still! It’s so neat to have a real ice rink right on our property!
I have secret dreams of one day having our whole extended family out here for a big hockey tournament on our rink.
Of course, I’ll be the one inside make the hot chocolate for everyone for afterwards, but wouldn’t that just be perfect?
Speaking of perfect… every once in awhile the creek freezes completely smoothly. It doesn’t happen very often, but when it does, it makes for the world’s longest skating track.
Being able to make childhood memories like this for Kennedy is one of the reasons I’m so glad we took the plunge and moved way out here.
So it might be frigidly cold outside right now, but I guess Winter can be pretty neat too.
Courtenay Hartford is the author of creeklinehouse.com, a blog based on her adventures renovating a 120-year-old farmhouse in rural Ontario, Canada. On her blog, Courtenay shares interior design tips based on her own farmhouse and her work as founder and stylist of the interior photography firm Art & Spaces. She also writes about her farmhouse garden, plant-based recipes, family travel, and homekeeping best practices. Courtenay is the author of the book The Cleaning Ninja and has been featured in numerous magazines including Country Sampler Farmhouse Style, Better Homes and Gardens, Parents Magazine, Real Simple, and Our Homes.