Sunday, February 23, 2014

Head Outside - Take Two



A little ironic, isn't it? 

On top of this old uncomfortable chair, I like to sit with one leg tucked up, shaking my words out onto the computer. The technology is booted up in the hours when quiet takes over the home and babies are sleeping soundly in their beds. 

My eyes soak the irony in as I see the big chalkboard sign hung on the wall, right above the computer stuffed up inside the house. 

I do believe, folks, it is in everyone's favour to get up and go outside. Post-Olympic depression? No problem. Go outside. Even if minus twenty temperatures swirl around you, somehow, something good happens deep inside when soaking in the great outdoors. Be bolstered by the snow and sun. Give a little fist pump to the lone bird that bravely flies through the sky. Look up, look way up and know this is the most amazing screen you will ever see. A picture show created just for you - hypnotic green lights dancing in the cold, dark night or thousands of twinkling stars appear after the sunset of wild colours we can't recreate. 

Shut the computer off for the day, put your phone away and help haul tiny hands into mittens. I hear a lot these days about shutting your phone or computer off to be in the moment with your children.  I don't only want to make an effort to put the phone away while my kids are awake for the sole reason that I'm in the moment with them. I want to be careful what I model. I don't want these tiny imitators growing up to feel a constant need to be checking their phone, mail, and text messages with the attitude that if they don't get it right away, the world is just going to up and end.

Let's model a love for the great outdoors, not our phones. Let's play in the yard, walk down the street, lick a little syrup off the snow and give February a big kick in the pants, because fellow Albertans, it's almost over. 

So, when all else fails, go outside. 

15 comments:

Karen said...

I am LOVING your new look! Awesomeness.. now quit reading blogs and get outside! :-)

basebell6 said...

Amazing post! I'm not happy unless I spend time outside everyday. and those northern lights photos are gorrrrrrrrrgeous! I want to see them someday even more than I wanted to see a snowy owl!

Terri Mappin (Seasons 365 Project) said...

Haha ... my thoughts exactly! Everything is better when you've been outside and yes ... we are just that much closer to spring! ;)

The Goerzen Girls...and Art said...

First - Love the new header - beautiful picture! Second - love that desk! I don't think I've seen it - have you been holding out on me? And third - yes. Yes to outside, yes to "unplugging"...just yes!

Lindsay(PACountryCrafts) said...

you went and changed on me! oh my! it looks great, though. :)

yes. outside. i dream of that, but the baby finally kicked her cough and i am afraid of it returning. :( i know i could use some vitamin d, too!

Pom Pom said...

So true! Spring will come soon and being outside, all bundled up, is life-giving. I agree about the phone business.

LindaG said...

Hope you all have a blessed week, Cheyenne. ♥

Vicky said...

Stunning header Cheyenne- truly beautiful work. The difference in the light is already appearing. True, we can't feel the warmth- but the quality is changing and I sense that spring is around the corner. Our weekend without wifi and tv- I loved seeing the young boy mentality reignite in all the ways they "played" outside in the snow, or inside with tape balls, and empty water bottles for bowling. Thanks for bringing this idea home so beautifully~ love to you today~

TexWisGirl said...

i think just being conscious of being present in your little ones' lives, you are already being a good example. :)

fernvalley01 said...

wise words, I know even on the coldest day a little fresh air and sunshine perks me up

Jaimi_C said...

Everyday our kids are outside to get some of that fresh air. Even if it is only for 10 minutes because it's so cold out. They need it, and even I need it! This past year we made the leap and shut down our Facebook pages and we're both amazed at how much time we're away from the computer now. We never realized how often you just "pop-in" to see how things are going with everyone else.

You are right, I think winter is almost over. These last few warm ups that we've had, you can just SMELL spring trying to make its way here. There have been rumors of robins flying about and singing, but I've yet to see one of these spring signals for myself. Soon hopefully! Take Care!

Jaimi

Gumbo Lily said...

I like the sign above your computer nook. It tickles me.

I need the outdoors. I just have to go there even on the coldest days. The outdoors beckons and I cannot resist the call.

Have you had some Northern Lights recently? I've enjoyed some starry nights checking at the lambing barn. Which reminds me, it's time to go OUTSIDE again.

God bless you for being a good example to your kids by knowing when to "turn off" electronics and "turn on" to them.

Katie Olthoff said...

ah, yes. You are so wise. I'm making more of an effort to NOT be on my computer/phone after school when the boys are home. I decided that Wednesday night. And then I spent yesterday evening on my computer while they watched tv. I'm a terrible role model!

Alicia said...

Now look up look waaaay up. - Friendly giant.
The sparkly snow in the bright sun is really catching my eye this month. I hear you, even if cozy is often a winning vote..

Grandma K said...

you are such an encouragement…. and you make me smile all over!

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