I have very fond memories of growing up in a family that loved the outdoor life. My parents are from the north and most of my summers were spent either at my uncle’s camp fishing, boating, tubing and swimming or I also spent time in the bush with my grandpa learning about bears and the beautiful gardens my grandparents had. Either way the memories are filled with doing things outside. It was always so much fun. Both my parents have big families so it was endless fun with cousins of all ages. It was truly some of the best time in my life. There’s something to be said about breathing the fresh air and taking in the views or the smell of a pit fire. I wanted very much to keep that part of me in my life but like everyone else my life got busy 😒 So those things I used to enjoy were becoming just memories. When the girls were young and when it was just me raising them it was hard to find the time to make it a priority. I very much wanted my children to know what that felt like. In today’s day and age technology seems to be raising our kids more than we are. I know…..dont get me wrong…. I know how hard it is to accomplish EVERYTHING you want or to not take advantage of the use of technology when your so busy all the time. I’m not innocent by any means….ive stuck my kids in front of the tv or laptop just so I can finish something or have a minute to myself but the truth is I found myself doing it too much. They began quoting thing’s they had heard on the internet and all they ever wanted to talk about was this show or that show. I began to realize I was headed in the wrong direction with them. They needed to know a simpler life. I wanted them to have more memories of time spent with the family and I wanted them to know what it felt like being outside more.
And so began our journey. The journey we as a family decided would be good for us😊 We started with taking the kids to the beach or the park or trecking through a forest or two to find a good fishing spot.
We even went as far as buying a boat!!
We have had some amazing adventures and we are not even close to being done. We are having some of the best times together and creating more memories then I could have ever imagined. It’s bringing us closer together as a family and the kids are enjoying it more than I could have wished for. They have even started asking to go outside more with their friends and the technology is becoming a thing of the past. They want to learn new things too which in itself is pretty amazing. They can get their own fishing poles ready and put on the worms and also want to swim more and participate in learning about the boat. They know what kind of fish they are catching and they know how to assemble a tent and start a fire in the pit!
The point in sharing our story is to let you know it’s never too late. There are always things you can do with your family to make memories….ours just happens to be outdoors….but every family has a story of what brings them closer together. Family is the most important thing in our lives. We need to cherish it and make memories anyway we can. We only have this one life and for me I’d like my girls to enjoy it the way I did. Discovering nature and making memories together as a family and hopefully pass it on to their own families one day 💖💖