26 Aug Blue Mind, Happy Soul
Where do you go when you want to get away from “it all” and be centered and surrounded by the ones you love?
We have two littles, so spelunking, scuba diving, visiting major cities, hiking, eh, not exactly what we’re up for with a toddler and a pre-schooler. We love being outdoors but needed to find something away from the farm that could fit into our schedules and provide a bit of solitude along with fun.
We opted for the dazzling fishing lure of hope that lake life dangled in front of us.
We started by renting pontoon boats by the day. The kids loved it, we loved it, and after the initial newness wore off, the kids settled down and we all relaxed.
It was infinitely better than bouncy houses at local fairs or 45-minute kid classes at 20 bucks a pop.
We weren’t sure if the kids would last 2 hours during our first outing. They loved it so much, we stayed out for 9 hours!
On the water the kids can nap when they want to, we have their food and drinks, so we don’t run into tummy troubles or overtired meltdowns. When the kids get restless on the boat, we anchor and swim or walk along the shoreline. The lake life is an awesome fit for our family.
So what is it about being on the water that brings happiness to kids and parents alike?
The book Blue Mind by Wallace J. Nichols helps to explain why we all love and could benefit from spending time around water. Check out one of his Ted Talks below!