Fun Monday: Winter Arsenal

Ari is our hostess for January. Looks like she’s already got more people to sign up than I did the whole month of December! Here’s her first topic:

Theme for Jan. 3: I live in a climate with a long, cold winters. Over the years, I’ve built up a supply of clothing and items to keep warm and dry. I think of them as my arsenal for winter combat. What’s in your winter weather arsenal? Or, if you don’t have tough winters where you live, tell us about something you own that you wouldn’t want to be without.

Well, winters aren’t necessarily long here, but they are cold. Unfortunately, my own winter gear is SEVERELY lacking! My husband has bib overalls by Carhartt, which are thick, and heavy coat. My daughter has snow bibs, and now has 2 coats (one from last year for play and one for next year/this year in 3T, which is huge), but at least she has 2 coats to choose from!)… She has 3 hats and about 5 pairs of mittens, which should also fit next year.

The fam in their winter gear

I have one coat, and no ‘bottom’ gear. I guess I do have one pair of long underwear (aka thermals) that I could put on if I needed to. Mostly I just layer shirts underneath my coat and hope for the best! I guess it’s true that ‘moms come last’. Maybe at the end of this year we’ll buy some discount snow gear for me for next year. I keep losing gloves, but do have several pair on hand, since I can’t always find them. One of my favorite ‘cool’ weather gear items is a puffy vest, which I keep gloves in the pockets. That way, as long as I’m wearing long sleeves, I’ll be ‘center mass’ warm, and my extremities covered. It’s actually my favorite way to go!


  1. Well, you know December IS kind of nuts in the free time department. Now people are settling down into their routines again – including their blogging routines!

    I hear you on Moms Come Last. My husband and I are wearing clothes that are probably 10 years old most of the time. We replace pants and underwear as they wear out, but the boy grows so fast that we are always buying clothes for him. Luckily, he loves Goodwill as a source for clothes, so at least we don’t go broke… His winter gear consists of a sweatshirt hoodie that he got from school. He layers up underneath if it’s too cold for just the hoodie.. We usually do the same thing – If it’s in the 20s in the morning, it could be in the 60s in the afternoon – layers work for us!

  2. Your daughter looks very sweet in her winter garb. If your puffy vest has zippers on the pockets, that might help you keep track of the gloves.

  3. we have a hard time getting past the mom comes last thought process. I’m a grandma 10 times over… and now it seems to be grandma comes last. haha.

    The photo is sweet. Lots of snow this year for all of us it seems.

  4. Don’t feel badly about light participation in Fun Monday in Dec., Jill. I noticed that blogging wasn’t up there on most people’s lists–which is as it should be.

    You’re right about those puffy vests. As long as the ribs are warm, the rest will do okay. Miss K look’s all cute and girley in her pink snow gear. I hope you all are able to enjoy the outdoors this winter in your new home.

  5. I’ve always had the glove disappearing problem too so finally, one year I went out and bought two pairs, a red and a black. A few months later I bought another pair and then in a fit of “I WILL ALWAYS HAVE GLOVES!!!” I bought a couple pairs of those stretchy ones that are supposed to expand to your hand, but never do. Now I’ve always got at least one pair, although usually it’s the cheap tiny ones, but I have gloves.

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