I know this for a fact, because this weekend, our kids reminded us!
Saturday morning was spent sleeping-in (far too late), but after we got moving, we really GOT MOVING! After long discussions about how we should spend the day, we decided to make the best of an unseasonable warm Ohio day (68 degrees!) and simply get outdoors.
We went to our daughter’s school and ran around looking at all of the amazing wonders in her school’s Land Lab. This area in front of her school has a pond, decks, walking paths and large planter boxes that the families can adopt. We cultivated our box and planted some bulbs (and will eagerly await their Spring arrival) and added a little metal sign that said “GROW”! (…somewhat of a double entendre for growing some of nature’s gifts as well as growing little minds!)
We came home and planted more bulbs in our own yard, raked leaves, the kids ran around playing every sport imaginable and jumped in (and sometimes destroyed) our perfectly raked piles. Fortunately, living on a ravine, our leaves are simply raked down the hill so they can decompose and be recycled by nature.
The kids spent a half hour cracking open acorns to “make hors d’oeuvres” for the squirrels! We even made ourselves S’mores over an outdoor fire and continued to run around and play, and enjoy the day long after darkness fell. Everyone was in a fabulous mood. And I don’t doubt for a second that it had everything to do with simply being outside and enjoying breathing the fresh air.
I sometimes forget that a great day with my family doesn’t need to include museums or amusement parks, trips or expensive events or vacations. Everything we need is outside our own backdoor or a short, local drive away… all found in nature, most often for free.
Kids today spend twice as much time indoors as we did (a very sad fact), so if you need ideas, reasons or simply more encouragement, check out NWFs “Be Out There” program and you’re sure to find something that clicks!
At the end of the night our daughter could hardly relax as she settled into bed. She talked about how excited she was to see our flowers grow and proclaimed the day as “the best day ever”!
Thanks for the reminder, my little sweet pea!