George and I gathered the kids on our bed the other night and made a resolution for this year. Being that they are 7 and 5 years old, our Family resolution is to spend more time together OUTSIDE, as a family. This will be interesting for me because honestly, I'm not really an "outside girl". Don't get me wrong, I like the outdoors, but many times, Amanda Lily and I just go shopping or to a movie while the boys do the outdoor stuff. I do see the benefit in family time spent together outdoors, so I am on board. To be certain that we weren't too vague, we went around our little circle and each gave input on the things we would like to do. Winter, Spring, Summer, and Fall are all looking like lots of fun.
Here's our list:
Tennis (boys vs girls)
Nature Hike (in the nature preserve that is less than 5 mins up the road!)
Cannoeing and Picnic (at the Spring up the road)
Surfing (I'm hoping cheering the family on from the beach counts for me)
Swimming in the pool (of course)
Playing in the community park
Now, I had the kids put "The list" on the refrigerator, but I'm actually thinking of framing it.
It has the potential of being very useful. George has 3 afternoons/nights a week off. So, when we are sitting around looking for something to do at the last minute, we can just go to the list, and choose an activity. The kids have already gone to it, and we chose Football in our community park area as our activity for that evening.
I am asking for a bicycle for my birthday, and George and I are investing in some tennis rackets.
When you really think about it, there are lots of places to go and things to do around Florida. I'm not sure about you all, but it seems I don't take advantage of the outdoors enough. I am looking forward to this New Year and all the family time I'll get, I hope you all get to spend lots of quality family time too!