Finding Fun in the Outdoors

Our electricity was out all day yesterday.  There were no electronics to play, no television to watch, and no internet to surf.  As a homeschooling family, it could have been time to panic.  Facing a beautiful, crisp fall morning, we just headed outside.

Because of the extreme heat this summer, I had forgotten how much fun it is for our family to spend the day in the open air.  The kids played on the trampoline and rain through the field.  We even had a picnic (because I wasn’t able to cook indoors) and heated ravioli on the grill.

What are some ways you can get your family up and out now that the weather is calling?

1.      Plan a picnic.  It doesn’t have to be fancy and it doesn’t have to be far.  I plan to eat outside at least once a week if the weather permits.  It’s a nice way to boost the energy just when I want to slow down.

2.      Have a cook out.  Last fall, we decided that we would cook out once a week – and that my dad and mom could come out and enjoy the grandkids – which lasted about three weeks.  I’m determined to follow through this year.  The kids (all boys) and the hubby LOVE to build fires.  I enjoy experimenting with just what you can cook in an open fire.  Plus, I always keep hotdogs around, just in case.

3.      Take a walk or a bike together.  Walking is easier for us – we live out in the country.  I try to make time for a walk with each of my children individually.  This gives them so alone time with mommy and builds a sharing time that will help them talk openly with me as they grow.

4.      Play a game.  Getting a Frisbee or soccer ball and playing a make shift game not only gets the adrenaline pumping, but it will definitely get the laughter flowing when mom and dad are involved.

Fall is a great time to get outdoors.  Be creative and make special attempts to enjoy the weather as a family.

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