I love where we live. Close to a lake, close to many parks, close to walking trails... close to so many places for my kids to get outside and run and explore. Our yard at home is very small, which is not conducive to two active boys. Thankfully, we have options nearby for those days when I've got time to spend outside with the kids. Earlier last week was one of those times, and I'm glad we took advantage of the beautiful days since we have a couple inches of snow predicted for this week!
Temperatures were in the low 60's, the sun was bright, the sky was blue, and my boys were begging to play outside rather than fill in answers for workbooks. (And, if I'm honest, I'm always looking for a reason to skip workbooks and do something else!) We met in the middle - they needed to complete math, spelling, and grammar and then we'd take the afternoon to play.
Of course my boys wanted to don their camo clothes so they could "blend in and sneak up on animals we see;" and of course Annalyse pouted for a good while that she didn't have anything "with green and brown to hide in the trees with Grady and Micah." I told her to put it on her birthday wishlist and she instantly replied, "Well, that's a long way away and I might not want those things theeennnn." My point exactly, dear, my point exactly.
Fresh air. Piqued curiosity. Natural playgrounds. Moving bodies. Excited voices. Cooperative attitudes. Unique discoveries. All this, free of charge, with outside play.