Ali's Adventures

March 9, 2012

I’d rather stay in

Filed under: Kids,Move — by Alison @ 4:41 pm

We live across the street from a park. When people find this out, they always say something along the lines of “Oh, isn’t that wonderful. You must be here all the time.” And I reply “It’s great, we really like playing here.” See how I didn’t actually respond to what they were asking. But I didn’t lie. We do like playing at the park, but in general we’d rather stay inside.

It’s not hard to get to the park, we do need to cross at the traffic lights. It’s a very busy street and the park is walled, so the easy entrance is at the traffic light corner. And it’s not that I refuse the kids if they ask, they just don’t really ask. I’ll offer to take them, especially on the weekend when they’ve had a lot of together time. And I’m happy to stop after school if E’s friends want to go. But I’d be just as happy to head home and have them play inside.

One of the things that Seattle has going for it, is the lack of winter. So far, it’s a lot like a nice Ottawa November all the time. The sky is usually gray, with the sun peeking out occasionally. It’s warm enough to not need to bundle up, but not warm enough that you don’t need a coat for playing outside. The middle school kids would disagree with me, as they seem to wear shorts all the time. I haven’t quite figured out the best coat and accessories combination so that I’m comfortable. Often I’m over heating and my fingers are cold. All of this combines to encourage me to stay inside with my slippers on and a warm cup of tea nearby. Maybe if I brought my tea with me to the park, I’d enjoy it more.

If anyone has any good fall wardrobe tips that will help me enjoy the park more, please share. Otherwise I’ll happily stay inside until there’s reliable sun.


  1. Splash pants, boots (for kids) and fingerless gloves (for you). And friends. Either introducing yourself to people there or asking new friends along – that always makes the park better no matter what the weather!

    Comment by Sara — March 11, 2012 @ 7:53 am |Reply

  2. Layer, layer, layer. Start with a short sleeved t-shirt, then a long sleeved t-shirt, followed by a sweater and a lighter jacket. That way if they get hot while running around, they can take off a layer and keep going.

    Comment by Sharon — March 15, 2012 @ 8:12 am |Reply

  3. Those are very good wardrobe suggestions. Working on the friends aspect 🙂

    Comment by Alison — March 20, 2012 @ 7:41 pm |Reply

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