Sunday afternoon we took the kids out to lunch and then to a nearby nature preserve with trails. We spent 90 minutes walking trails, looking at the creek, noticing flowers and butterflies, talking about what animals live there. It was a beautiful day in so many ways. We got the kids out of the house. We did something physical together as a family. We spent some quality time. We ate ice cream 🙂 It wasn’t a big deal and it wasn’t a far trip but it was a really nice way to spend a Sunday afternoon. As I fell asleep last night I couldn’t help but wonder why we don’t do things like that more often.
Well, I updated our September dry erase calendar last night so I *know* why we don’t do things like that more often. But honestly, we need to find the time for these sorts of things:
– Hikes: there are some great local trails. It gets everyone moving, out of the house and – hopefully – talking too.
– Trips to the city: I’d love for us to take more trips into Chicago, especially on weekends where we can go to Mass on Saturday because a Sunday morning/early afternoon is easy-paced in the city.
– Ice cream surprises: and not just because I like Dairy Queen – taking the kids out for a treat is fun and gets them talking
There are other things – movies, trips to the beach, afternoons playing at the Y… I just want to see us getting out of the house on Sundays for something that isn’t a kid’s sporting event and does involve the whole family. I want some more active family time.