Winter Blues and Jr. Obstacle Courses

Happy Wednesday! From the looks of things, winter has come back with a vengeance! We had snow most of the day yesterday and with it came lots and lots of ice. I was literally spinning my wheels and going nowhere while trying to get through an intersection. Good times. Thankfully, we all got where we needed to go and back home again.

I don’t know if it’s just me, but the winter blues are starting to set in. I am longing for some green grass and warm sunshine on my face. I’m glad we’re on the flip side of winter and the end is getting closer every day. I’ve been waking up anywhere from 5-6 and having a hard time falling back to sleep. Couple that with having a tough time falling asleep the night before, and I’m really feeling the tiredness today. I’ve already had my coffee but it barely had the power to de-comatize me to start the day. I’m really having a tough time matching my kids energy. I may have a second cup on the horizon. Or a third….any hoo…

Last week, in a desperate attempt to get some of my kids energy out a move of sheer maternal brilliance, I decided we need to have some good fun. Not that our days are totally lame but I’ve heard enough comments from my oldest about how he’d rather have his dad at home with him because they play lots of fun sports together to make me realize my A-game has been more of C+ game lately. I sometimes forget that just because I’m sucking wind, doesn’t mean the kids are. So in my brilliance, I decided we needed to build an obstacle course in the basement. Something they could run around doing, have fun and (hopefully) burn off some energy while I napped on the floor cheered them on with reckless enthusiasm.

Couch crawling, cushion mountains and tunnels. The fun doesn't end until someone needs urgent care.
Couch crawling, cushion mountains and tunnels. The fun doesn’t end until someone needs urgent care.

Turns out…I’m kind of a big thing on the basement obstacle course circuit. My oldest loved the idea and had fun crawling through tunnels, jumping over couch cushions and shooting hockey pucks at the wall. That’s right, to prove I wasn’t completely offended by the whole “dad’s-cooler-than-you” thing, I included some sports stuff in there too.

All in all, a good afternoon. I think we’ll be building a few more courses. After all, when you’re having that much fun, what could possibly go wrong?! :)

What kind of fun stuff do you do during the long winter months to keep your kids occupied?

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Stephanie is a Canadian Mom of 3, Runner, Certified Functional Strength Coach (CFSC), Christ-follower and all around reeker of awesomeness. When she's not chasing after her kids, you can find her dreaming big dreams and bringing them to life.

17 Responses to Winter Blues and Jr. Obstacle Courses

  1. I remember those crazy days! My dad actually built an indoor playhouse, mini bowling alley and ball pit in his basement for my boys to play in during the winter. It was awesome! Now my kids just go hang in their rooms with their electronics…

  2. I’ve been feeling the winter blues too! This endless cold can make the days drag on. It’s a great time to do something to make yourself feel good . . . for me it was getting a fresh new haircut today. My daughter did point out to me that the days are getting longer so there is hope! Stay positive. Hugs!

  3. You are SUCH a fun mom!! And… I hear you on the winter blues. It is awful! I have been taking Vitamin D to help combat the blues… and find it is helping (a bit).

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