‘Sports & Outdoor Activities’ Posts
Spending time together doing fun activities is crucial to every family. This allows the family members to develop strong bond with each other. But, during hard times, we tend to think that we could no longer have fun times with our family because we just don’t have enough cash. Take for instance, when one of the father or mother lose a job or when someone in the family is sick making the family spend more cash on health related matters such as medicines and check ups.
Although I love summer with all the traveling, swimming, camping and relaxing, I think I love fall just as much. The days start to get a little cooler, the leaves start to change, and there is a crispness in the air preparing us for the winter which will be here before we know it. Millions of kids, teenagers and college students return to school with high hopes of a great year. All of these events are fun and exciting, but it’s not what I love most about the fall. I absolutely love watching college football with friends, eating good food, and sharing in the excitement that inevitably follows.
I was totally athletic in high school and played year round sports, including softball, basketball and soccer. I even took dance lessons for 10 years and loved being active. Between that and having a 16 year old metabolism, I was very skinny and totally in shape. I am now twice that age and things have changed slightly. After 11 years of marriage and two children, my physique is not what it once was. However, I have been working very hard to get back into shape in the past few years. I run on my treadmill, do work out videos from home and try to go hiking and bike riding with my family whenever possible.
Cold fronts are moving in and the air is cooling off, which means it’s time to start thinking about winterizing the cars! Here are 5 suggestions to prep your vehicles for the approaching winter season:
1. Get an oil change. Check the owner’s manual or ask your mechanic what kind of oil will be best for colder temperatures.
2. Check your belts and hoses. Cold weather can make your belts and hoses frigid and fragile so inspect them for signs of wear and tear.
So I have been looking for a sunhat in preparation for this summer. I am almost 30 years old with many days of my life spent in the great outdoors. In a recent mirror examination I found sun spots! Well, I guess it is to be expected. The protection of my skin, especially of my face, I find very important. So that is how I started out on this quest to find an sun hat that is actually stylish and hip! Here is what I found…
It’s almost May, the warm days are becoming more and more frequent, all the flowers are in bloom and your kids are just itching for school to be out. They’re ready to get outside and enjoy the summer as much as possible. You probably have a few vacations planned, some week long camps and house projects to work on, but what about the rest of the time when your kids having nothing to do but sit there looking at you saying, “I’m bored!” Now what?
It’s the middle of April, spring is showing up all around me and I am really excited for the warm days to start showing up. I’ve gone on a few good hikes, taken some nice bike rides and even had dinner with my family on the back porch a few nights ago. There are few things I love more in life than doing fun things outside with my family. I checked the weather report last weekend and was shocked to see that two 80 degree plus days were expected the following week. I couldn’t believe it. Eighty degrees in April hardly ever happens where I live. I decided to make the most of it and planned a beach trip with the family, a beach trip with my daughter and her preschool friend, and a hike to a waterfall. I’m a total opportunist when it comes to getting outdoors.
Today was one of those days that I’ve been dreaming about for several months now. We made it through the winter snow and rain, the wind storms and hail and now have a glimpse of the nice warm weather to come. When I woke up this morning the sun was up, birds were chirping and the great outdoors was calling my name. Did I respond? Of course! I called up a friend and drove together to a trail head not too far from my house. We started up the trail with our two kids, 3 & 4 years old, and within the first 5 minutes both kids were already whining. I couldn’t believe it! There was no way I was going to let a whiny toddler stay in the way of a great hike on a gorgeous day. Luckily, we both brought child carriers and went back to the car to retrieve them. We loaded up our kids and started off again up the trail.
Memorial Day is the official start to warm weather and outdoor activities with your friends and family. Although there are outdoor activities you can do with your family during winter time, most people don’t venture out until they can wear shorts and a t-shirt. Getting outside with your family will encourage teamwork, sportsmanship, appreciation of nature and comradery. There are endless possibilities of things to do no matter where you live, including hiking, biking, fishing, basketball, soccer, baseball, volleyball, roller blading and much more. You just need to decide what you’d like to do and do it.
Yesterday my husband and I were talking about camping trips we want to do this summer and how excited we were about them. Ever since we were first married we’ve camped, fished and hiked whenever we could. Some of the first things we ever bought together were camping gear supplies. Before we had kids we’d go camping every other weekend all summer long. We had all our gear packed in three large bags we could just throw in the car and go. Ah, those were the days. It’s not quite as easy when you have to pack clothes, food and gear for kids, but it’s definitely worth the effort. Ok, back on subject. So, we were talking about camping and how you don’t see as many people going camping with their families as you used to. Sure, people take trailers camping, or stay in yurts or cabins in the woods, but few people actually go camping the way it was originally intended: just you and nature.