Monday, 15 October 2012

Day 15: The Plan-a-Family-Outing Challenge

Saturday morning, 10am: My husband comes downstairs and asks, "What do you want to do this weekend?" I reply, "I don't know, what do you want to do?"

That is how it usually goes.  Neither of us are good at planning ahead regularly.  But we need to do more than just hang out at home on weekends!  Although that is fun too sometimes.

One Saturday in September, with this particular challenge in mind, I was ready for that question.  I had several potential plans.  We decided to go hiking in the river valley.  Edmonton has beautiful trails, and fall is the perfect time to enjoy them.

I was quite impressed by how well the kids did on the hike.   I guess these flatter trails were easy compaired to the mountain hiking we had done a few weeks before.  My daughter proudly told me at the top of one little hill, "My muscles are so much stronger now that I'm at the top!"  My son wanted to hold hands most of the time, but by the end, he was outright running, just to prove how fast he was.

We enjoyed a picnic lunch right beside the river, and my husband amazed the kids by skipping rocks.  I'm sure the three of them could have stayed there all day just tossing rocks into the water.  I'm so glad my kids are now old enough to enjoy this type of activity.

By the way, my husband was not very impressed with my hiking outfit.  Jeans?  A scarf?  What can I say, the wind was cold!  And I own no sporty-type of jacket.  It was technically summer, but it sure didn't feel like it.

Jeans: American Eagle, bleached and distressed by me
T-Shirt: Old Navy
Shoes: The Running Room
Jacket: Hope Mission Thrift Store
Scarf: Gift from a friend
Earrings: St. Albert Botanical Park Gift Shop

What I learned from this challenge:

  • It is not difficult to find family activities that both my husband and I want to do!  I just need to remember to come up with multiple options, and maybe work on planning ahead sometimes.
  • My son is not going to want to hold my hand forever.  I think I should let him!

Your challenge:

  • Do something fun with your family!  I'd love to hear what you choose to do.  Or let me know in the comments what your favourite family activity is.  We need more ideas!

1 comment:

  1. Don't worry about your son not holding your hand for too much longer.....on a recent walk both my kids (now in their 30's) each took turns holding my hand.


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