Happy Friday. I mean that. Now go outside.

I am so glad it’s Friday.  It didn’t used to matter that much – the life of a mom doesn’t really come with weekends off, does it?!  In fact, sometimes I am busier on the weekends than during the week.  Monday is a relief; everyone goes to school and work and the house is quiet.  And for a brief moment, clean.

I like staying active, but  I hate being busy. 

I don’t remember there being a time in my adult life when I didn’t struggle with this balance.  And if you recall, I just turned 40 which means that I have been an adult for a long time.

I think part of the ‘business’ we feel during this season has to do with all of a sudden being locked up inside.  Inside our houses, which are messy with toys everywhere because the kids can’t ride bikes and play Frisbee and go easily from inside to outside anymore.  We pile into our cars and drive around looking at Christmas lights. And we have to go buy presents, and be around a bunch of other people who are all stressed out. “Cooped up” are the words that come to mind.

It’s no good.  We need to spend a little time outside, even if it’s cold.  And although I wiped out on the ice today and had to spend the entire afternoon laid up on the couch resting (and whining), I stand by my message. 

Last weekend we spent some time outside at Calvin’s EcoPreserve learning about owls.  All about owls. What they eat, what the sound like and what’s in those pellets they hack up. I let A.P. ‘shoot’ the video and I am still editing the footage because you probably don’t want to hear 9 minutes straight of different owl calls.  You’re welcome.

This weekend is Blandford’s Homestead Holidays.  It’s $5 per person and is from 12-5 on Saturday I am looking forward to being outside again. I love this event! It’s the perfect antidote to the holiday season/suddenly inside craziness.

There is, of course, a lot of fun to be had around town.  Check out my list of free and frugal things to do with kids in Grand Rapids this week!  Also don’t miss my Resource Guide for Grand Rapids Parents which includes a listing of ‘ongoing’ goodness to enjoy.

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