Yesterday we took jackets, hats, and special snacks and we went and found this magical little picnic spot. I think the thing abut adventuring outside with kids is that you can't wait for that perfect moment when the weather is just right or that moment when everyone wants to go. You've just got to do it and show them by example how fun it can be, even if it's a little cold out. It takes practice, it takes patience, it's like establishing a new habit. The good thing is that kids are adaptable and they learn quickly.
We sat at the end of this boardwalk together, eating string cheese, bananas, granola bars and animal crackers, while we watched the waves and talked. It was cold and Eliza fussed, but the other kids had fun and we all came home happy that we went.
When people say you'll get sick from being out in the cold, I think that's total bologna. Hogwash, man. Hogwash. I think what really makes our kids sick is being inside all the time and breathing recycled air. I've never heard of a kid getting sick from being outside too much.
Here's to late December picnics. To sitting with our kids all bundled up, eating snacks and loving where we live. Here's to getting out with our kids year-round and experiencing the world with them.