So I realize I chose to live in Michigan. And we are not exactly known for our weather. But for the love of Moses (I don’t know what that means but I am trying to keep this family friendly) WHERE IS THE SUN? I can’t remember the last time I saw it out for more than a few minutes and the forecast for the foreseeable future is cloudy and rainy with a side of cloudy. Oh and more rain.
Whenever I feel like complaining (every few seconds) I try and say prayers instead for my daughter’s poor teacher who has not been able to send the kids out for recess in weeks. Her sanity must be hanging by a thin thread. But so is this mamas. This is the time of year we endure winters for. The spring, when we can FINALLY send our children outside to play.
A few years ago my father in law got our family a wooden swing set for our backyard. Nothing fancy, just a few swings and a slide. We rounded it out with a ladybug sandbox and old fashioned bouncy horse I found at garage sales. Since our yard is fenced in, I feel like this is my little secret way of getting my kids outdoors and active with very little prodding from me.
In the little bits of sunshine moments that we have had this spring, Silas has learned how to scale the steps up to the slide and go down by himself. Hannah has bravely conquered going across the monkey bars all by herself while Lily has been her biggest cheerleader. Lily of course has decided she needed a new challenge and has begun climbing across the top of the whole thing.
My backyard is currently a swamp land because of the ridiculous amounts of rain we have been getting but thankfully we also live within a ton of playgrounds and parks. It is honestly one of my favorite things about our neighborhood. And it seems as though we make new neighborhood friends every time we go.
The Sprite Spark Parks Project is an ongoing effort by Sprite to refresh parks, playgrounds and active spaces across the nation. I love that in a nation that is battling a generation of children being raised on video games and portable DVD players, they have a commitment to getting our kids outdoors and active. My childhood summers were spent outdoors climbing, running, biking and generally getting dirty and I long for that for my kiddos.
The Sprite Spark Parks Project started 4/1/2011 and ends 6/30/2011. Look for green tabs on specially marked packages of Sprite and Sprite Zero and for each green tab received by 6/30/11, Sprite will donate 10¢ per tab up to $500,000 to Habitat for Humanity.
I am not honestly a huge soda drinker, but when I do it is usually a sprite cause I am really not a cola fan. And with summer BBQ seasoning (hopefully) coming soon I will definitely be looking for these packages. Hopefully you will pick up a few too.
Disclosure: I was compensated provided by Sprite via Glam Media for this post, but the opinions expressed mine and are not indicative of the opinions or positions of Sprite. This post is also linked up to Finer Things Friday at Amy’s Finer Things.