The biggest challenge we’ve faced here has not been the lack of indoor sinks, or the fact that the kitchen is outside. It’s been the cold. We thought it would be so nice to get to wear a sweatshirt after a few years of sweating it out in SE Asia, but we were completely unprepared for how cold it would get. We’re doing our best to keep ourselves warm, but it hasn’t been easy, and it keeps getting colder. I often daydream about having Eskimo friends to borrow some furs from, and Ryan says he is envious of the tourists who come into the shop decked out in their North Face winter gear. How did we miss the memo on this weather?
So, you know you weren’t ready for the cold when you….
…have to lend your sweatshirt to your daughter, because her only one got spilled on.
…try your best to make homemade hot chocolate to warm up the kids
…put bed building on the top of the todo list to get the mattresses off the cold tile floor
….have family cuddle sessions in bed in the middle of the afternoon
…joke about putting hot water bottles in your sweatshirt
…and then actually do it… on a daily basis!
…find any reason to put a blanket on the kids
… warm yourself up by the burner at 4:30am after the kids wake up because they are too cold
…drink a liter of tea in the morning by yourself
…buy some fashionable one-size-fits-alll sweatsuits at the Chinese market in hopes the girls will stay warm in bed
…wear gloves to breakfast
…buy the craziest looking fleece patchwork quilt at the market in hopes of not waking up in the middle of the night freezing
…take pictures of the thermometer because you can’t believe how cold it is
…open your Christmas package early because you think Nana sent slippers
Somehow, these pictures make it look like being cold is loads of fun. It really has been quite difficult. If we could find a wood burning stove or space heater, we’d buy it in a heartbeat! We’re hoping for some warmer days soon.