Leaves are in piles on the ground, hot chocolate has become a daily thing, and I’ve already busted out my mittens. One thing’s for sure: WINTER IS COMING.
As I write this, my little hometown of Marquette, MI is covered in snow (my sister Scotti and baby Greenlea are both going stir crazy), and last time I chatted with my friends in Denver, they were SHOVELING. So…yeah. Here we go.
Each year, the snow catches me off guard, and there’s always those few days Raines is playing outside in too-short snowpants and sneakers while I wait – with baited breath – for our brown-clad hero (aka the UPS man). Once snow hits here on the East Coast, the store shelves are swept bare of anything even remotely useful for snow play. BARE.
So this year, I’m determined to get ahead of the snow. We had a winter-gear try-on sesh (and YES!! Pax still fits his snowsuit) but footwear is a problem. Both boys need snowboots, obviously, but they also need warmer shoes in general. We’re mostly a slip-on Vans family, but canvas shoes are brutal when the temps drop. And what do they wear to school? Last year it didn’t matter all that much (Raines was in half-day kindergarten), but who wants to sit around in snowboots all day? Not my kid. I suppose we could always pack an extra pair of shoes in his backpack, but looking at our track record of Getting Things To School (forms/lunches/library books/money for the homeroom mom)……an extra pair of shoes brings me one nut closer to the nuthouse.
But the big question in my mind was this: What the heck did we do last year?
Aha! A pic from last year.
Well. This explains A LOT. Last year’s Kid’s Winter Shoe Strategy is perhaps better described as, Kids? We Have kids?
(Hey there new readers – I feel the need to point out that last year I was, uh, recovering from a bout with chemo *breast cancer*cough*breastcancer* so that is my excuse.)
Now that I’ve clearly illustrated the height of our bar (impressively low, if I may be so bold)….I assure you: This year WE WILL DO BETTER. So here’s what my kids are currently wearing to school: