Rest Stop

I’ve written here many times about how health and fitness are important to me. I run three days a week, attend two strength classes a week, and like to ski/hike/something on day six. (On the seventh day, I rest.) I don’t play team sports because, well, I can’t. I’m the girl who fell up the stairs while pregnant, if you recall. I’m athletic, but I’m also clumsy and somewhat uncoordinated. I should really keep a tally of the things I drop throughout the day — that could be a blog post all on its own.

Most of my athletic outings are with my running partner, or on my own, or with a friend who likes to hike because that’s what works while the kids are at school. We don’t have our kids in a lot of extra-curricular activities because life is crazy as it is and we’re not made of money. All three kids are in piano lessons this year, we had seasons ski passes, Emily is in dance and … that’s it. Soccer registration came up — the dudes played the last three years, Emily played last year when she was old enough — and we asked them if they wanted to play again this year. They opted not to, in favor of hiking as a family instead.

This pleased me to no end. Last year we spent three hours every Saturday morning on the soccer field, usually wet, cold, and shivering. This year, we opted out of outdoor activities on those few weeks of miserably damp weather (doing other things like getting a kitten). Now that the sunshine is back, we’ve started hiking. Yesterday afternoon we hiked up a mountain that I’ve never hiked before and the view from the top was worth it.


There was grumbling from Little Miss Coughs-A-Lot and Mr. Too Cool For Family Time, sure, but they were short-lived and the rest of the time, they enjoyed themselves. I’m so thankful that we live in a place with so many options to be active, be it a five-minute walk to the Trans Canada trail near our house, a hike up the mountain behind our house, or up one of the many mountains in town.

I want my kids to have many happy family memories of us being outside and active and exploring. Being healthy and fit because of it is a bonus that I want for them, too. I think that we’re making it happen and I couldn’t be happier about it.


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  1. Ashley S April 29, 2013 12:12 pm edit

    We LOVE our outdoor time too! Corey and I want being active to just be normal for our kids, not something you do for fitness but part of living life. We hike during the spring/summer and snowshoe in the winter (because me+skis = ambulance). Each trip the girls pick up a rock and add it to their adventure jar and we write it down in our adventure book. The love seeing where we’ve been and how far they’ve gone. Which helps when Bethany decides to whine “It’s SOOOOO Far. I can’t DOOO it!” haha

  2. angella April 30, 2013 10:22 am edit

    I love the idea of an adventure jar and adventure book! SO great.

  3. ChrisB April 29, 2013 2:05 pm edit

    I like your style! ;O)
    And I agree, early soccer games on damp mornings used to suck the life right out of me. I am not missing those days! Not ONE BIT!

  4. angella April 30, 2013 10:23 am edit

    Me neither! The weather’s been nice during the week and cold on the weekends. SO glad we’re not in soccer this year.

  5. Jen Wilson April 29, 2013 4:07 pm edit

    Ok, so maybe this post makes me miss mountains a little bit. :)

  6. angella April 30, 2013 10:23 am edit

    Of course you do! It’s in your blood. :)

  7. Hannah April 29, 2013 6:05 pm edit

    Yep, I totally agree. As a family we love being outdoors together. Rob & the boys also do a lot of stuff like that without me — but I’m fine with that because I know how important it is for the boys to spend quality time with their Dad (he is their most important role model, after all).
    I actually don’t mind spending Saturdays on the soccer field (and Fridays on the rugby field and Sunday evenings by the pool) but I definitely wouldn’t give up those impromptu family hikes/boat trips/etc either.

    Memories are made of this kind of stuff.

    Beautiful scenery on your hike, what a stunning view. I bet it makes it all worth the effort.

  8. angella April 30, 2013 10:28 am edit

    It does – I never tire of how pretty it is where we live. :)

  9. Amanda April 29, 2013 7:59 pm edit

    Not that it’s an excuse for my inactivity at times but…I think I’d get outside more if I have those views while hiking. Looks awesome. I also love the your kids decided to opt out of soccer in favour of hiking…they’ll probably remember that a whole lot more!

  10. angella April 30, 2013 10:28 am edit

    I think so, too. Not to say we won’t do soccer again, but they sure do like to do family stuff outdoors. :)

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