So I read a post this morning (or was it yesterday?) from Go Explore Nature about finding the time to get outside. It was a great post with lots of good ideas for parents about how to work 15 minutes of outdoor play into really busy schedules. I was inspired by the post even though we don't yet have those super busy schedules with kids at school, in sports, scouts and every other activity you can think of. We have all the time in the world, everyday to get outside.
But I was excited that today we actually did one of the things on her list - combing a playdate with outside time! I posted on Facebook yesterday that the girls and I were headed to Wingra Lake today for some exploring and a picnic. The weather was suppose to be gorgeous so I was a great idea.
Playdate, park, lake, picnic and the zoo! If only the weather had been this morning what the weather man had said it would! The freezing, blowing wind and cool temperatures were a bit much to explore a lake. So we hung out at the park, added a walk through the zoo and then stuck out the cold to have a very quick picnic.
So it wasn't perfect but there were still some good sights to be seen, go playing for the kids and good adult conversation. And Sam is now taking a nap! Woohoo! Which is the ultimate test of whether or not she got enough fresh air!
Some of the sights from today...
Spring just keeps doing this to me. I think we are ready for great outdoor adventures in warm air and sunshine and then the WI spring coolness and wind snap me back to reality. I need warmth to be here already!!
But it was a great morning anyway.
The Nitty Gritty!
Avery is leaving the baby stage of being okay to sit calmy in the stroller, seeing nothing and doing nothing while her big sis runs wild and has all the fun. Today she was constantly whining to be picked up so she could see, let out of the stroller so she could go play and put down so she could walk. I do not think I am prepared for two toddlers.
This blog may get a lot more exciting (and full of advice seeking and complaints!) once I am trying to do these outings with two kids that want to run wild and don't like to listen!