When you have small children and the weather is cold, it doesn't always seem all that easy to really enjoy the outdoors. It is extremely easy to contemplate the inverse relationship between the time it takes to get the children and yourself dressed and ready to go outdoors versus the length of time everyone will stay happy while being outside and then give up before you even begin.
I have to admit that this winter, between cold temperatures, snowy days, the flu, and generally crabby kids I have found a plethora of excuses not to bundle us all up and head out into the fresh winter air, even though I know that it is exactly what we all need.
However, we got the encouragement that we needed this past Monday, which was Islander Day, a provincial holiday. My husband, being a federal government employee, wouldn't ordinarily get it off but he decided to take a vacation day so that we could spend one extra day together as a family and partake in some of the activities offered.
We decided to load up the car and head down to Dalvay in the PEI National Park for their free family activities, and we were really glad we did. We were able to spend some time in the (very chilly) fresh air with the kids, they played in the snow, sat together in the sled; we had a chance to get some exercise and burn off a bit of cabin fever, play and laugh together as a family--then head to Grammie's for pizza.
We came home refreshed, invigorated and sleepy. And had a great day. And my resolve to get the kids outside a lot more often was strengthened; hopefully we'll remember to "live well" a little more often now even though the weather is still wintry.
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