NB Series will be a collection of outdoor places in New Brunswick (particularly the Fundy Coastal region close to our home) that we visit. Beautiful spots that are probably family and kid friendly.
I posted on Instagram yesterday that I had made being outdoors a priority this year. I feel like I am a good Mom out in the wild. I think my kids learn a lot while being outdoors, and it really helps with managing energy, attitudes and appetites. Charlie in particular is not a great eater, but the more I wear him out in the mornings, the more willing he is to eat as the day goes on.
Another thing that is really important to me is supporting and promoting the amazing things that we have here in NB. This means many different things. Obviously, shopping the many amazing local businesses, but also taking advantage of the many outdoor attractions we have here (and telling others about them as well). The more we come to realize how special this place we live in is, the more others will want to visit- and without veering too far off topic let me just say that it is absolutely VITAL that we attract the outside world to be tourists in our own neighborhoods. Saint John is going through a revitalization - you can absolutely see this shift happening uptown right now. It is still just the beginning and it is SO GOOD. If we want to strengthen our economy, and move away from being overly dependent on large companies than it is absolutely necessary to support entrepreneurs and small businesses in our community. It is critical. They are the future - they will be the ones that save us, move us forward and even employ us.
It's important to me to explore New Brunswick. I want my kids to know that their home offers SO MUCH. I want them to go out into the world and feel a longing to come back. I want others to see just what we have here, and why I feel lucky to live here, because I REALLY REALLY do.
We've been exploring close to home all summer and it has been really rewarding. Aside from seeing all the amazing sights, the benefits to the kids are tangible. They behave so much better when they are able to burn off some of their (seemingly endless) energy. It improves their motor skills, sleep and eating habits, and encourages them to use their minds. Kids are so curious, I'm already having to google answers to questions about plants and animals (I KNOW NOTHING).
They are dirtier than normal, which was already very dirty. In turn the house is dirtier than normal, which was also already very dirty. Some clothes are getting ruined. This is mostly OK with me - I hate inviting people over anyway (truth).