June 18, 2013

getting out in the woods

We went for a hike this past weekend.  And I am not even sure you would call it a hike...but I am going to name it as such!  It is only the second time we have attempted this with kids.  The first time was last year when Jack was still in the ERGO.  It is something we have talked about doing more of, and I think we were extremely successful this time!

It is kind of funny because I am not really a hiker.  I'm not that crazy about climbing mountains or mosquitoes, or sweating for that matter :-)  But, I definitely see the importance of getting the kids out into the woods to explore nature.

That isn't to say that we stay inside all the time, but we mainly stick to playing in our yard and being in the garden - which are also great outdoor experiences.  The problem that I have when we are home is that there is always something else that needs to be done.  Yes, we can be outside playing, but then I remember that I have a load of laundry to do, or I should start dinner, or put in another load of dishes.

When we go away from the house, I feel like it allows a lot more down time to really enjoy nature and not necessarily think about what else needs to be done at home.  This is something we have been talking about for a while, and I hope that we can make it into a weekly occurrence.

There is something about being out in the middle of the woods, with only the sounds of nature (and perhaps some screaming children when a toad jumps out of their hand).  It is incredibly peaceful for me, and every time that Matt and I experience that peace, we realize that it would be nice to have more of it!

Do you try to get out into nature frequently?  Are you able to find the same peace being at your own home?  Or are you like me always feeling like there is one more thing that needs to be done, so never completely relaxing?

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  1. When the kids were littler like elementary age we would go to the state park and "hike" (it was a paved area), enjoy the creek, pack water and sometimes a lunch. It was fun, but it was work. I would like to do it again just the two of us but for some reason we just do not put it on the high priority list. We do have a wooded road near us that is our nature outing :)

  2. How fun! We love family hikes. We have one that can get whiney a couple of miles in but the others thrive on it.

  3. I am all about nature! We live on 20 wooded acres so I have plenty to explore right outside my back door and I love it :)

  4. Lovely pictures! Looks like it was a fun day!

  5. I am as girly girl as they come and I love hiking. I have so much stress in my life with work and keeping up with 6 busy schedules, but I have found that hikes are my escape from it all. Some of my favorite family memories are hikes in the woods discovering places we have never been before. Thanks for the reminder......it's time for a hike. It's a lot cheaper than the spa and a lot more relaxing for me. LOL!

  6. Oh! If you love reading check out "Last child in the woods" regarding play and time spent outdoors. A little political at times but fascinating and inspiring. And all this from another mama who hates to sweat and sit in the sun (fair skin).

  7. Oh, how nice! I totally agree about getting kids out into nature. Have you read, "Last Child in the Woods"? It really opened my eyes to how important nature is for children. Thanks for stopping by Sunny Sweet Life earlier! I am your newest follower!

  8. Yea! Sounds great--glad you guys were able to get out. I feel that same peace--it's a "fix" in its own right.


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