Saturday, December 17, 2011

Climate Confusion

Riley enjoying his ride with Little Miss M

It's been a quiet kind of week, in attempt to get everyone feeling well before our Christmas holiday down under.  We are scheduled to fly out on Thursday to New Zealand and without fail, we have been to the doctor 3 times in the past week.  Hopefully, the prescribed antibiotics will kick the cough, runny noses, ear infections and sinus infection trying to take over our household, before our holiday begins.

I have been looking through our closets, trying to find some long sleeves and pants ~ we have a few, but not many.  I left some behind after our trip back to Minnesota, thinking we wouldn't be going anywhere cold.  I have come to realize that cold has a different meaning to the children, than it does to me at this point in their lives.

I grew up in winter tundra land, but Riley has spent half of his life here, on the equator where the average year-round temperature is around 90F.  Needless to say, that the refreshing, comfortable 70s will feel a bit cool for us all. 

Kevin has been trying to remember back to his Christmas holiday beach trips growing up in NZ and can only recall swimming and hanging out on the beach all day, telling me we won't need warmer clothes, we'll be at the beach!  I refer back to the 10-day forecast stating the actual temperature highs and lows and remind him that we aren't coming out of winter. We are coming out of the tropics. 

It will be nice, but it will feel cool to the children.  Funny how that works.

I remember warm spring days in Minnesota.  Snow melting, sun shining, people wearing shorts, t-shirts, convertible tops down and the temperature gauge reading in the 50's-60's.  Yes, it felt warm to us coming out of below zero temps and snow storms for months, but it really isn't hot.

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