I have to admit, as a family we find getting out and about so much easier in the warmer months – it’s quicker to just grab a bag and perhaps some sunglasses and head off to the park. Now it’s colder it does take that much longer to leave the house as the children need boots, coats and then there is the hats, gloves and scarves too.
We’ve always been a family who are happy to head outdoors in all weathers, so, are fully prepared for the colder weather and to help make sure we don’t just hibernate I like to have all out outdoor wear together and ready to grab at short notice. There is nothing worse than hunting around for boots and gloves when the kids are trying to race you out of the door. I have a grab box by the front door, this contains umbrellas, hats, gloves and the boots and coats are just by the door too – there is no need to pre-plan an adventure all the time, just grab, go and find something to do from climbing trees in the nearby woods to kicking a ball around or feeding the ducks.
With both children now in school we are finding that the time we actually have to get out and about is limited and now the evenings are darker so much earlier, by the time they come home from school and their clubs have finished we have on many of the days completely missed daylight hours completely as a family.
We have always said, there is no such thing as bad weather, only inappropriate clothing – with a thermal layer as a base, then lots of layering up we do spend a lot of time outdoors. Of course, the warming up after a trip outdoors in winter is almost as fun as the time spent outside, we snuggle up together on the sofa under warm blankets watching a movie with hot chocolate and a tasty treat, the heating goes on and during the winter the oil heaters are topped up with Super saver oil in preparation of the colder evenings when we need an added boost of heat and I also try to have dinner organised in the slow cooker for when we arrive home so we can warm ourselves from the inside too – a favourite of ours is a classic beef stew with dumplings.
Only last weekend we were out for the entire weekend from early morning to well after dark and the children didn’t complain of being cold once. Emmy had leggings under her jogging bottoms and Harry worn 2 pairs of trousers, this was a good job really as it gave extra padding when he did fall over ice skating.
Looking through our family calendar we certainly have a busy few months ahead of us, in fact, there are no free weekends left until late-January and most of February is already booked up too. We have a holiday planned for Easter and already one booked for the Summer holidays, and for October too, alongside Christmas shopping, theatre trips, birthday parties, Santa visits and a few fun days out planned I am certainly looking forward to turning on my out of office notifications this Christmas and enjoying some quiet family time.
On the quiet days, we do have planned, once the kids have completed homework we always make time for a quick visit to the park or to feed the ducks, climb trees, ride bikes or scooters or even to squeeze in a visit to the local pool – always active in some way or another. These may not be long trips due to the weather and darker mornings and evenings but with young active kids we need to get out and do something even if only for half an hour at a time equipped with boots, coats or even torches.
Do you hibernate in the winter or do you still try to get out with the kids?