Winter is by far my favorite time of year. Growing up only a stone's throw from the border of Chicago, and then settling in the city proper to raise my own family, I have never known anything but Chicago winters. Living in the Chicago area, we are promised at least one good snow day every winter. While not everyone loves this, personally I am a big fan of the snow. Weather like this always leaves me feeling very nostalgic; there are so many memories of running around with the neighborhood kids, snow forts, and snowball fights that it tends to leave me in better spirits. So the news of the big snowfall on Friday made my day, not to mention my children's, who were even more excited than I was to have to have their first snow day off of school!