Go Outdoors

Outdoors in grassToo Much Time Inside

It’s a beautiful day outside.  I went for a seven mile run this morning at 6:30 and enjoyed the morning quiet while the kids woke my husband up.  The a morning of catching up on laundry and cleaning etc – something we usually don’t save for the weekends.  We’re usually all about skipping the stuff we have to do, and doing the outdoors things that can only be done during the summer.  Not this summer though.  Like most weekends this year, we’ve puttered around the house; mowing the lawn, planting flowers, fixing vehicles, blah blah yuck.  Now, I don’t mind messing around with the occasional flower bed, but I’m the first to ditch mulching for climbing, and the first to mock those boring homeowners who opt for yardwork over a weekend outdoor adventure.

Today, however, we did neither the yardwork nor an outdoor adventure.  I took the kids to the library.  Then home to watch a movie (I know, I’m aghast just admitting this).  And now, while my daughter naps, my son is playing video games and I’m writing a post on the computer while my husband looks for new tires online. Who are these people?

Our Summer Outdoor Family Adventures

So why have we spent so many days around the house this year? How can I break this trend? Do I want to? I’ve taken a few minutes to determine what it is that we’ve been doing and why.

1.  We’ve been taking half day trips to go rock climbing locally.

2. We have spent atleast one day (half of it, anyway) at our local pool each weekend (and a few afternoons/evenings during the week as well).

3. The kids have been getting great outdoor time in while we work outside on the yard including fun outdoor activities like: chalk drawing, bubbles, planting flowers with me, painting cardboard boxes outside, running down the slip and slide in the yard, and more.

4. A few day trips to the beach.

5. A few outings to other people’s pools.

6. A hiking trip. (Just one).

7. A canoe trip. (Just one).

8. Amusement Park (day trip).

9.  Outdoor week long family vacation (no camping, but most of the activities were outside).

Having written all of this down and with the sage advice of my husband (he’s reading over my shoulder), I’ve come to a conclusion.

A.) It’s not climbing season.

B.) It’s too hot to spend full days outside with the kids (unless you’re in the water).

So while I would love to say that we’ve hiked 25 miles this summer, or visited 10 state parks, or 3 National Parks etc, we haven’t.  We’ve worked on spending time together closer to home.

This fall will be a different story.



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About Laura Boniello Miller

Laura Miller is a internet marketing professional and a mother of two. Her interests include sport climbing, bouldering, reading, traveling, and spending time with her family. She believes that playing outdoors is integral to health and well being, and that if your kids aren't dirty, they haven't had enough fun.