We have months to get ready for it.
We know it's coming.
We know what we need.
Every year, many of us get caught with our snow pants down. You know, that first snowfall that people talk about for days, kids get excited waiting for, and everyone is anticipating - but no one is prepared for!?
So, when do we realize that last year's winter coats don't fit? We can't find matching gloves? Hats have gone missing. Boots are a struggle to get on.
5 minutes before the bus comes. 10 minutes before you have to leave to take the kids to school.
Despite the Carpenters famous song The First Snowfall - it's hard to bask in the joy of it when you are rushing around like a crazy woman trying to get everyone ready. Their first snowfall they were singing about must have been on a weekend. Go figure.
Despite last year's vow to be prepared next year. We didn't follow through.
Never mind last month's promise to clean out the coat closet in anticipation of the changing season - it never got done.
So now, in sheer, all-out panic - - gloves, mittens, hats, scarves and curse words go flying into the morning air.
But mommmm these don't feel right!
But mommmm, this is HIS coat from last year and it's TOO BIG!
|I can't help it - funny Ikea monkey is a good model for this illustration. His coat looks a little too big for him.|
Mamaaaaaaaaa I can't walk in these boots!
THAT'S BECAUSE THEY ARE ON THE WRONG FEET!!! Damn Kamiks - is it me, or does the left look exactly like the right? To a kid, they look the same. To a frantic adult, boots on both feet are a win, regardless! JUST PUT THE BOOTS ON AND LET'S GOOOOOOOOOOOOO!
|Success Kid Meme - always the exception to the rule.|
Despite the fact that you started last winter season off with mittens tied together with string, you never anticipated one of your boys would swing it like a lasso in the air and hit his brother in the face with the Polar Express Glove to the eye. Stop swinging your mittens! I don't want anyone shooting his eye out!
|I DON'T WANT ANYONE SHOOTING HIS EYE OUT.|
So you took the strings off to ensure another year of good vision for your children, but alas, a mitten left his spouse behind and headed for the hills with a lonely sock that escaped from the laundry.
What's it going to take to get ready for winter? Every year we know it's coming. We need mittens, hats, scarves, snow pants, coats that fit - - is it that hard? Some years I was lucky enough to buy them at the end of the previous season, only to forget about the fact that I put them up in the attic to store them until I needed them.
|My Darling Husband|
I've practically fallen down the stairs trying to make it in time, as I'm biting off the tags with my teeth while skidding Risky Business -style across the kitchen floor.
|(Gif from Perez Hilton.com)|
I'VE GOT THIS! I squeeze everyone into their everything and with 22 seconds to spare! My workout is already done for the day!
|(Thank you http://giphy.com/gifs/jceZduJsrpq80)|
And somehow, we manage to get everyone out the door and off to enjoy the first day in the winter wonderland. None of them match, but their feet, hands and heads will be warm and that is what matters, right?
(Of course, the second they are gone, we dump out the winter hat box and find every single winter accessory we couldn't find just minutes before.) Undoubtedly, come Christmas time, there will once again be enough hats and gloves in this house to clothe a small village. Where they'll end up in just a few short months is a mystery. Actually, it's no mystery - have you seen the lost and found table at an elementary school in March? Enough for several small villages to wear!
There's always next year.
YES! Next year I'm going to get organized.
It'll be one of my resolutions! HA!
Until next time..
Cheers and Hot Chocolate Clinks - I'm off to clean out the closet.