Outside time is a good thing. On Monday (President's Day), I spent 5 hours outside sledding and playing with my kids in the sun and I felt like a whole new woman. I've been inside far too much lately - sitting at my computer for many many hours every day working on our our new Power of Moms website plus getting stuff set up for our April Retreat (if you were thinking about signing up, you might want to do it soon because wow, the thing is filling right up). I was getting down and frustrated and overworked and grumpy and I was just plowing on through, forgetting that what always makes me feel better is doing something outside.
I know I need outside time - that's part of how I'm wired. For years, I got my weekly outside "fix" from hiking and biking as a family every Saturday. But then we moved here and the cold and snow made me feel like I had to pretty much be indoors. I shoveled snow a few times and that gave me a great outdoor fix and we've walked downtown a couple times which was great. But I'd been mostly ignoring my fresh-air-and-outside-exercise need.
Thanks to a beautiful bright snowy day, a school holiday and an invitation from friends, I found myself finally getting what I needed - while giving my kids what they needed. The mountains were so beautiful in the distance, the snow was so sparkly, the sun was so warm. And the rush of speeding down a steep hill, not knowing really where you might end up, is sure a lot of fun - especially when you've got a couple of your favorite little people on the sled with you, squealing in glee and you all end up in a laughing pile at the bottom of the hill. Priceless.
I WILL spend some serious time outside every week and get out at least a little pretty much ever day - even if it's just a quick walk around the block.
And Emily, thanks for the photos!