Have you noticed that being busy has become a point of pride? These days when someone asks how I’m doing the first thing I say is that I’m ‘BUSY’. Heaven forbid I say, “Well, actually, I’ve got nothing at all to do. Yep. I’m all caught up on all the things and presently I’m revelling in the nothingness of my tasks.”
Like a little hamster on a wheel I’m doing this and that and the other thing, constantly behind and constantly on the go. Like all moms and self-employed people, I’m expected to be in 5 places at once while doing 20 different things. There’s always a mental pile of that which will never get done.
There simply aren’t enough hours in the day.
So how exciting is it that we actually get 24 extra hours this year?
Did you forget that 2016 is a leap year? And I challenge you to take advantage of the extra day! But don’t use the time to do chores or work. Instead, try something you’ve never done before as a family and enjoy your time together. I just might join you in embracing the great Canadian Winter (or I might take photos of you doing them from the warmth of the chalet.)
Go snowshoeing: Have you ever been showshoeing? I haven’t, but my parents have and they love it. If you’re not far from a national park or scenic trail, pull out your snowshoes (try renting a pair if this is your first time) and get going. I bought some for my step-father a few years ago and they’ve come a long way from the tennis racket-esque versions. This winter sport is a great way to take in the fresh air and enjoy the last of the beautiful winter scenery – not to mention it’s great exercise too.
Build a snow cave: If you live somewhere that’s actually gotten any snow then build a snowcave like we used to do when we were kids. It’s a really fun and simple way to spend time as a family. Wing it or make a plan, but whatever way you get it done, do it as a time. Using shovels make a giant pile of snow Then, once the structure is complete, let it harden for a few hours and then create an entrance way and hollow it out. If it’s big enough, you can even carve out snow benches inside! Grab your snow pants and chill out – literally – with a cup of hot chocolate to add warmth.
Visit somewhere new: Skip school and take a fun wintry Canadian vacation. Canada is chock-full of amazing winter destinations and you don’t have to pay in US dollars either. Destinations include everything from scenic ski resorts to lively festivals. Whether it’s teaching the kids to skate on Ottawa’s Rideau Canal or visiting the Northwest Territories to take in the northern lights, find something your family will enjoy and will remember for years to come.
Just a heads up though. If you’re going to be doing all that shovelling and snowshoeing you’re pretty much guaranteed to have aches and pains the next day—even if you’re already in shape. I like to take a warm bath and then use a topical pain reliever like RUB·A535™ Extra Strength Heating Cream afterwards. It starts to work on contact and provides fast acting pain relief of muscle and joint pain so I don’t have to miss out on anything.
I think that trying a new activity is the perfect way to mark the leap year. Don’t you?