Breath of Fresh Air

Tuesday, April 12, 2016

It's ridiculously easy for me to forget things that I know perfectly well... most recently the fact that going outside is good for you and makes you happy. 

I mean, I know this. The kids get lovely long outside recesses at school, and we try to go for walks around the neighborhood on nice afternoons, and sitting with Tristan on the porch swing in the back yard is a big part of my We Sleep At Night initiative. But blocking out a whole entire DAY to be out in nature together? I rarely even think of it. Which is crazy, given that we have every single Friday off from school. For the express purpose of Flint families having time to do things together - Charlotte Mason type things! Like being out in nature! Which makes you happy!

(the other purpose of Fridays off is so the teachers can recharge and plan amazing lessons and not lose their ever-loving minds. I tend to remember THAT reason a lot easier, oddly)

SO GiGi's suggestion that we hop in the car and head over to Dinosaur Valley State Park on Sunday was perfect. It's only about an hour away, and gorgeous! We spent the day hiking and playing in the river, loving it.

 By the end of the day we were totally filthy and worn out, and in wonderful spirits, resolved to Do This More Often, No Really. 

(And also camping, yikes!)

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