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Damn. It’s too freakin’ cold out. Before children, bundling up for freezing winter temps meant throwing on a coat, hat and stuffing some gloves in my pockets. Done. Out the door in 14 seconds. Now, add 32 minutes. And that’s on a day when I’m cooking with turbo gas.

There is just too much crap to wrap around these kiddos. Nothing stays on. Little 1 year-old Summer looks at me with those big hazel eyes and just simply can not understand why she can’t hold her scrumptious piece of buttery toast. She tries to grab on to it with her big, pink, puffy mitten but it’s just futile. I finally shove the toast half way into her mouth and she seems content with the hands free option.

Even with the windy, I-wish-I-was-wearing-wool-hanky-pankys-weather, I decided this morning to take the girls to pick out a Christmas tree. Shhh… don’t tell all my Jewish relatives. I mean, 48 hours ago there was a rabbi in my apartment. So we drove an hour and a half to the Lantier Tree Farm in Jamesburg, New Jersey to pick out and cut down our own tree. Well, maybe that’s not quite accurate. Actually, on the hair less ambitious side, we walked three blocks from my apartment and picked out a tree on the corner of 8th Avenue and Jane Street. And we had it delivered. Look, it’s free delivery AND I did have to brush a little ice off the branches so it’s not like I’m a holiday prima donna here.

I tried to encourage Dylan to get out of the stroller and actually help me pick out the tree but she wasn’t budging. She said, “Mommy, you do it. I’m too tired.” Too tired? Too tired for this joyful holiday moment? Too tired for St. Nick? Too tired for Rudolph and his precious, rosy red nose? Too tired for the little white lights, steamy hot cocoa and exuberant Christmas carols? Apparently so. Fine. Well, I can’t really blame her. She was all tucked into that stroller sleeping bag, looking perfectly toasty.

We make it home. In the lobby, Dylan jumps out of her stroller with gusto. Then she sheds every annoying layer in the elevator. So by the time we step out onto the 5th floor, I am holding her jacket, mittens, hat, sweater and shoes. I plead with her to at least keep her socks on until we actually make it inside our apartment. And then we do. Ah. Warmth.

Gosh, I’m jealous of all you mamas who live in warmer climates. What are you wearing right now? A t-shirt? A pair of flip flops. Can I cry with envy? My very talented hubby is a TV anchor in New York City, the number one television market in the country. Don’t tell him but I’ve been sending his resume tapes to a few stations in Santa Barbara. Hopefully, I’ll hear something soon.

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Also, a pediatric ER doctor wants to pass on some sweet information to all you mamas. According to new research, a spoonful of honey can help reduce your kids’ nighttime coughing. Here’s the link if you want all the details. Thanks doc.

Finally, I was recently tagged for a meme by Nona at Everyday Yogini which, in the blogging world, means I’m supposed to share 7 little known facts about myself. So here I go.

1. I’m very good at using chopsticks. For as long as I can remember, my mother has used them for practically every meal, so props to her for teaching me. I also won an award in high school for my typing skills (my photo was in the local paper). Obviously, I haven’t won too many awards if I still remember it with such fondness.

2. I went on my first date with my husband in 1996. We went on our second date in 2000. Apparently, it was love at second sight.

3. My parents were never married. They still aren’t. They are not together.

4. Growing up, I was the shortest kid in my class for years and years. Now I’m an average 5’4.” Well, it might be more like 5 foot 3 inches and a quarter.

6. I was one of the top ten finalists for Real World San Francisco and then I got cut when they selected the final six. I came oh-so-close to kissing Puck. Damn. Sorry I missed that. Yes, I’m obviously still bitter about being cut from the cast.

7. As a sorority girl at Tulane University, I did live goldfish shots. That’s what a college tuition can buy. I got a degree too.

12 Responses to baby, it’s cold out there

  • Abby says:

    What typing award did you win? I got an A+ in Typing in 9th grade, same school, and I didn't get an award! That's one of my 7 things-I can type approximately 75 words a minute! I liked your list.

  • Nona says:

    Love at second sight! I love it!

    I'm glad to hear it's not just my child that sheds her outerwear the second we are inside, well, anywhere!

    It's pretty cold here in Rome, too. Not as cold as New York, but, relatively speaking, it's not terribly pleasant outside…

    Enjoy that tree!

  • Kerry says:

    i think that the whole bundling up thing is worse in the 'burbs…in and out of the frosty car, blah blah blah. send this CA girl back home.

  • Alecia says:

    Happy hola-days from Roatan, Kelcey! We're in the midst of a Northerner. Heavy rain, driving winds that threaten to blow the thatch roofs off our pool-side palapas, and pounding waves over the reef. But it's still 70 degrees! Yes, flip flops and drip-dry board shorts and capris are the only thing to be wearing. Sometimes the only change of outfit the babies get is from regular diapers to swim diapers. Just kidding — I do try to dress them in cute little sunsuits but they get filthy crawling around. Lovely blend of island dirt, construction dust, and sand. How I wish I had your collection of Swiffers right now. But enjoy all the craziness of the holidays in the chilly Northeast — I miss it! I've never had such an unscripted Christmas in my life.

    Love to all,
    Alecia (aka Island Mama)

  • Kelcey says:

    Alecia! I'll admit that heavy rain and driving winds does not sound ideal. So happy to have you back online. We miss you, Mike and the island bambinos. Xo

  • Tully's Mama says:

    I'm a So Cal mama and it's 50 degrees and misting. It's just wet and no one knows what to do when it does this so my 15 mile commute turns into 1 hour. I envy the New Yorker that just heads down an elevator shaft, walks out the door and within 2 minutes is in the middle of one of the best cities in the world! Okay, so your commute to the elevator can take an hour. I'll give you that.

  • izzy's mama says:

    Imagine how different your life would have been had you been chosen for the Real World..San Francisco was my favorite season!

    I hate the cold too but since I had Izzy I have changed my outwear. I must wear full-length down or else we would never go out. At least they make down more fashionable these days!

  • another cold mama says:

    I live in a cold climate so I feel for ya! I cannot get my little ones to wear mittens or hats. My parents live in Savannah. Most of the year it is warm but they do have their cold days. Last night, they went to a party in their golf cart because of the limited space available for cars. My mom wore her fur. She was warm and cozy and delighted to wear it because it does not happen very often. Today wearing her fur she toke the cart to be serviced. She said people were laughing at her but she did not care because she was warm. Hope it gets a little warmer for you all!

  • Shannon says:

    Hey!! I didn't know your husband was an anchor…Mine is too (and News Director), for tiny little Colorado Springs Market # 92ish or something like that…Anyway – you feel my pain, huh! Weird hours, crazy holiday schedules etc, etc.

    I think the tree outing was a super fun mom idea, even though Dylan was too tired…I bet she'll be chatting about it after the fact – That's what Josh does. He absolutely hates something with all his 2 1/2 year old being, and then won't shut up about it for a week like it was the best experience ever (i.e. sledding).

    Oh – and we are freezing here in Colorado and long for warm vacations and sunny beaches too…

  • Erin says:

    It's sooooooo warm here in the 'burbs of CT…oh wait that's my gas fireplace at full steam coupled with my heat at 72. I am selling off my possessions on ebay to pay the gas bill. seriously.
    My family had a tradition of cutting down our own tree (at a tree farm not just off the highway or something) so I wanted to re-create that with my own family with my hubby and baby. But of course we went to get our tree on the coldest fricken day of the year- so we pulled up to the farm took her out of the car in the car seat – took a picture of us with her with the trees behind us- for the scrapbook of course- put her back in the car and just took home one of the pre-cut trees they had off to the side. nice
    Loved all the fun facts about you!! :-}

  • rachel says:

    I'm sure this can be refuted tenfold, but usnt there a bunch of hoopla about giving your kids honey? Something about the fact that it's unpasteurized and therefore runs the risk of botulism. If I'm spreading lies, someone put me in my place but wanted to throw that out there?! I may be misinformed…

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