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Winter in Collegedale... 

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4/1/2011 

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...is not winter in Florida. Since I (and my husband) am older and have spent a few winters in snowy parts of the US, I tried to prepare our daughter, Hannah, for life in a snow zone, but I think I was only partly successful. She has learned a lot this past winter, and I believe she will be better prepared next year.

On the plus side, she loves the snow. I know some Floridians that never adjust or learn to embrace the diverse seasons. The snow days this semester were a lot of fun for her. Hannah had seen snow briefly the year before when we visited our older son at Southern, but she had never seen anything like the recent snowy days.

On the negative side, the hoodie was not warm enough, even with layers; and her feet were wet and cold, and her pants soaked, but as you can see in the photo, she loved every minute of it. She has since gotten some boots that should keep her feet dry and she does have a dress coat, but will have a real winter jacket for next year. Also next year we will invest in some really warm socks, gloves, and another hat or two.

You really can't buy winter clothing in local Florida stores appropriate for a snow climate. I used on-line shopping for some items (a hat, gloves and scarf), and encouraged Hannah to buy locally in the Chattanooga/Collegdale area. She got her dress coat and a few items there, but I could not convince her to buy more. I think she will invest next fall in a few more items. Very close by is a Walmart and a Tractor Supply. I like Walmart for the prices and Tractor Supply for the quality. I believe she got her coat locally at Burlington Coat. I also made her a lined wool dress for church. I have plans this summer to make her some lined wool slacks, skirt, and a winter jacket (patterns and fabric are here - just waiting on Hannah to get back home so I can fit her). I am so glad she enjoys the Collegedale winters - she has several more years to experience them, Lord willing.

 
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Winter in Collegedale...
April 01, 2011

...is not winter in Florida. Since I (and my husband) am older and have spent a few winters in snowy parts of the US, I tried to prepare our daughter, Hannah, for life in a snow zone, but I think I was only partly successful. She has learned a lot this past winter, and I believe she will be better prepared next year.

On the plus side, she loves the snow. I know some Floridians that never adjust or learn to embrace the diverse seasons. The snow days this semester were a lot of fun for her. Hannah had seen snow briefly the year before when we visited our older son at Southern, but she had never seen anything like the recent snowy days.

On the negative side, the hoodie was not warm enough, even with layers; and her feet were wet and cold, and her pants soaked, but as you can see in the photo, she loved every minute of it. She has since gotten some boots that should keep her feet dry and she does have a dress coat, but will have a real winter jacket for next year. Also next year we will invest in some really warm socks, gloves, and another hat or two.

You really can't buy winter clothing in local Florida stores appropriate for a snow climate. I used on-line shopping for some items (a hat, gloves and scarf), and encouraged Hannah to buy locally in the Chattanooga/Collegdale area. She got her dress coat and a few items there, but I could not convince her to buy more. I think she will invest next fall in a few more items. Very close by is a Walmart and a Tractor Supply. I like Walmart for the prices and Tractor Supply for the quality. I believe she got her coat locally at Burlington Coat. I also made her a lined wool dress for church. I have plans this summer to make her some lined wool slacks, skirt, and a winter jacket (patterns and fabric are here - just waiting on Hannah to get back home so I can fit her). I am so glad she enjoys the Collegedale winters - she has several more years to experience them, Lord willing.

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