Outdoors: family Scout hike

It’s that time of year again. When I start to look back at the year gone, and forwards to the year to come. If I’m completely honest, I won’t be terribly sad to see the back of 2016. It’s been a tough year: personally and globally! I’m ready to draw a line under it, for the most part, and look positively towards a brighter 2017.

Last weekend we went for a wonderful hike with my sons’ Scout pack. It was such a lovely walk, a beautiful day, a fun trail and a great group of kids and parents. But, as we reached the highest point in the hike and I looked out across the Boston skyline, I realized that we hadn’t done this in far too long.

As a family, we haven’t been making the time to get out and enjoy all the beautiful trails and parks and lakes that are within minutes of our house.

Something which we used to do. Every weekend.

I first discovered the Country Kids community back in 2013, and for three years I joined in virtually every week. Then I stopped.

There were a number of reasons why the blog took a back seat this past year, all very good ones, and I’m now in a better, more balanced place. But, Country Kids always gave me that added incentive to get everyone outside. To find new places to visit. To explore.

Last weekend’s hike was brilliant. We all thoroughly enjoyed it and I made a commitment to myself there and then to start making the time again.

It’s easy in the summer, and to be fair we spent a significant amount of time at the beach and the pool! But once school starts again, and the sports and activities take over, it gets more difficult to find the time.

Difficult, but not impossible.

It’s down to me to make the change.

So here’s my commitment, to myself and my family. To make time for more of this:

Because even the occasional grumpy face doesn’t spoil the moment!

I wish I could remember what particular disaster warranted this face, and is it bad that it makes me smile?!

A friend kindly took a photo of all of us, with the wonderful Boston skyline in the background. This is what it’s all about. I needed a reminder, and I am glad of it.

So, here’s to a more active 2017 and more Country Kids posts!

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31 thoughts on “Outdoors: family Scout hike”

  1. Yay, will be nice to see you back out there – I love seeing the places around by you over there. We’ve not been out and about much since half term – now N just wnats to go out on the farm rather than with me, so it’s often just me on my own exploring…I’m not a countrykid! Have a good weekend #countrykids

  2. Oh Sara how your lovely family has grown up in those 3 years! I don’t know where the time has gone but I’ve missed you as a regular on Country Kids, it does change as the children grow up. I’d say you have about another 3 years before they don’t actually want to go on family adventures so much. Make the most of that time , here is no getting it back as I’m discovering now. It’s lovely to look back on old photos of family fun, no one looks back and smiles over the chores achieved at the weekend, only the days when you set them aside. Well done the scouts for reminding you what a lovely area you live in with so much to discover close by.

    Thank you for coming back to #CountryKids

    1. Sara | mumturnedmom

      They really have, haven’t they. I love looking back at the first posts I wrote away back at the beginning of 2013, they are all so little! I’ll make the most of the time I have left :)

  3. What a lovely hike – and it is so easy to get caught up in the every day, suddenly weeks/months/more have passed and you haven’t managed to do something like this. I agree Country Kids is a great reminder to get outdoors and always a good time of year to start making resolutions too. Great photos. #countrykids

  4. I really, really love this post. I found your blog and insta through Country Kids, like you I took a back seat this year for various reasons. Your photos are gorgeous and the fresh air really does help clear our minds and makes us feel happier #CountryKids

  5. Country Kids reminds me to get out and explore too. Since moving to the farm we are outside more, but have a harder time exploring nature trails, because we are always needed…on the farm! Gorgeous hike by the way! #CountryKids

  6. Here’s to a 2017 with lots of outdoor adventures! I agree with Fiona that you won’t look back and remember all the jobs and mundane activities you did, but instead you will remember all the fun days out you had Being outside is a good reminder of what is important in life. Very thought provoking post.#countrykids

  7. Looks like a lovely outing! It’s true how sometimes every day life and worries can get in the way of getting out and about, but I often find that nature has a way of calming and sorting ones mind if everything feels scrambled, that and it is great fun for the kids to go exploring! Glad you’ve rediscovered your love of the outdoors, I’m new to the blogging-sphere and to this linky, but I hope to read more of your family adventures xx #countrykids

  8. Lovely photo of all of you and the wee girl looks adorable even with a grumpy face. I love Country Kids for encouraging me to get our regularly too. Sounds like you all enjoyed your family hike and here’s to more outdoor adventures next year! :-) #countrykids

  9. What a wonderful opening photo with flashes of blue poking out from behind the clouds.
    Getting out and about at the weekend can be difficult with the children’s social lives to organise and the logistics that come with it, but when you see photos like this it makes you realise that the efforts are worth it. I love the photos and the one of the wee girl is priceless!
    2016 was a challenging year for many it seems – me, too at times – and it sounds really positive that you’re already looking ahead to 2017 and raring to go!
    Have a lovely Christmas and enjoy time with your growing family

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