. . . but can I walk the walk? Time to find out. This week I am taking the National Wildlife Federation’s Be Out There Challenge.
The challenge? Simple. Be outside every day for a week for at least one hour a day.
Why? Because according to research, children today spend only 4 to 7 minutes outside every day. (They spend more than 7 hours per day in front of electronic media!) Not my kids, of course. My kids only spend . . . . ummm . . . . ok, maybe we watch more TV and play more video games than we should. There is always room for improvement, right?
Saturday was day 1 of our challenge! We started it off by planting the garden at Fletcher’s school.
We planted tri-color bush beans, sugar snap peas, eggplant, butternut squash, zucchini, cantaloupe, watermelon, sweet potatoes, broccoli, sweet bell peppers, and of course tomatoes!
There were lots of worms.
After gardening, Lola Gray donned her fairy wings and headed to Oatland Island with her friend Isa for the fairy festival. (I so wish I had photos of this! I imagine dozens of little girls running around the woods searching for fairies! How fun!!) Fletcher, however, does not like fairies so he and I headed towards Tybee for the Seafood Festival and carnival. I can only imagine that the Tybee festival must have been a huge success because the traffic was so hideously awful that we were never even able to get onto the island! We headed to mini-golf instead.
OK. Not exactly communing with nature. But we were outside together on a perfect, cool Spring afternoon and it was loads of fun.
We ran into friends and had some fierce air hockey battles . . .
and ate some pretty yummy fish tacos on the patio at The Flying Fish.
After a brief trip home to check on the critters and rest a bit on the couch (while watching Pokemon, of course) we headed back out for a spur-of-the-moment oyster roast with friends.
In addition to being amazing, happy, upbeat, creative people (check out this engraved sterling silver cuff bracelet – I can’t wait to get a child-sized one for Lola Gray!) with three beautiful children (if Xander ever gets over his dislike of all things girly, we need to match him up with Lola – they would make the cutest couple ever) they also have arguably the greatest yard in the neighborhood.
It was the perfect ending to a wonderful (if exhausting) day.
I’m not the only one taking this challenege, so be sure to check out the other amazing women on the Be Out There Founding Mother’s Advisory Board.