I've always been more of a summer girl than a winter girl...while I love the snow, I prefer it on a mountain somewhere out west (Breckenridge, Colorado is my favorite) with my K2 True Luv skis strapped to my feet, bouncing off moguls or making fresh tracks on a nice blue cruiser run. Chicago in the winter is significantly less fun for me.
Truth be told, I was nervous about coming home. Nervous, mostly, about the weather. After living in the hot, tropical sunshine for nearly two years I thought I would miss the Caribbean tremendously; that leaving our boat would leave a little hole in my heart, that I would come home and retreat into a melancholy hibernation that wouldn't break until spring.
Silly me. Good grief I am so dramatic.
It's been nothing short of wonderful being back. Granted, Scott and I have returned to what might be one of the mildest Chicago winters on record. Temperatures are in the 40's and even 50's nearly every day, the sky is blue and the sun is shining. We've gotten outside for a bike, a hike or run every day since we've been back and I have learned that it's not the cold that effects me - but the sunshine. If the sun is shining and I can get out and enjoy some fresh air and outdoor activity, I am good to go.
Most winters in Chicago are marked by periods of gray, overcast skies that can last for days. I remember one particularly bleak winter during college where I literally did not see sun for eight days. Eight days. That is just wrong. Since we've been home however, I fling open our blinds each morning and am greeting by a beautiful blue sky and the shining sun. It's all about the sunshine. Good old vitamin D. We're happy. Life is good...really good.
As for baby girl - we're doing great! She is head down and technically ready to make her debut any day but realistically she is not due for another few weeks so we probably have some time. It's an incredible time in our lives...we are beyond excited. Such a surreal feeling to know that our lives are mere calendar days away from changing in the most incredibly profound way. We're just going to strap in and enjoy the ride. We'll keep you posted...
In the meantime, I'm heading out for a run in the sun!
Brittany & Scott