Category Archive:indoor outdoor activities
Speaking of swimming, we registered darling daughter in a swimming class at YMCA. It was a 30-minute swimming lesson for eight days with open swim for parent and student after each lesson. Because K cannot swim five feet distance in a 5-foot deep water, she is a beginner which makes her join Level 1-Water Acclimation.
My darling K is enjoying her swimming classes so far. Her swimming instructor seemed to be competent. Swimming instructors at YMCA handles at least two to maximum of four students per class. K wants to continue and in two weeks, she will be in Level 2-Water Movement. Hopefully she will become more confident in the water so she will learn a lot in the next level. I need to buy her swimming cap and goggles next weekend.
Kids After School Activities For Physical Development Health And Fitness ( Momimhar posted on May 10th, 2017 )
What do you and your kid(s) do after school? Does your child have after school activities like swimming, martial arts, music lessons, dance and art classes, gymnastics, and workshops that he or she will continue attending while on summer break?
I know some of my mommy friends send their children to one or two of the activities I mentioned above during the week after school. My darling daughter was in a ballet class two years ago. She doesn’t want to do that again because she said it’s boring. 🙂 We also tried to put her in tumble and ballet combo but still she got bored. Then we tried gymnastics with ASI Gymnastics Trial invite last year before Kindergarten. She enjoyed it-lots of activity in each session. She went once a week that time and looked forward to the next class. I noticed then that she really enjoyed gymnastics. But I have three things in mind that I want her to do this summer-swimming, piano, and gymnastics. But with our schedule, I think I will drop one. It is hard to decide since all of them are very essential.
My husband and I should talk about this with proper consideration because availing these classes are not cheap.
We got a bit of snow this afternoon around 1:00 P.M. here in North Texas. My darling daughter kept telling me since this Tuesday about the possibility of snow because her teacher said so. I checked the weather forecast and it was clear all week and the freezing days are Thursday to Saturday. I found no chance of snow or rain whatsoever.
But when I was entering Walmart store to buy a pair of mittens for K close to one o’clock this afternoon, I saw flurries falling from the sky. I thought it won’t last long. As soon as I got home, the flurries turned into snow. So when my darling daughter arrived from school, we put on our winter coats, winter boots, and mittens then went outside and play in the snow.
You know children are naturally curious individuals. They always check on little things wherever they go, and whatever they do they will always ask questions. And we should be keen and ready to answer their inquiries. One of the things that amazes them is snow. What is snow made of? Why does it snow? We know that snow is composed of snowflakes. So K was checking the snow and saw snowflakes formation. She said to me,
“Mommy, snowflakes have different shapes right?
“Yes,” I said.
Naturally formed snowflakes differ from one another through happenstance of formation. (Wikipedia.org)
She found two and pointed at them so I can see. I won’t even see them immediately, those tiny little snowflakes on the plastic chair. 🙂
We had fun playing in the snow. K’s most favorite thing was when she found two beautiful snowflakes.
K’s outerwear – Hawke & Co. Outfitters (birthday gift from dear friend)
Boots – Crocs (gift from Na-Na and Paw-Paw)
Panda hat (from Na-Na)
Mittens – Faded Glory
Jeans/Pants – Gymboree
If your home is built on a hillside or steep slope, landscaping and outdoor activities may present a challenge. You may also encounter erosion and drainage problems that can lead to structural damage for your home. If your back yard is sloped or hilly, consider a terraced landscape with multi-level patios or decks so you can enjoy being outdoors.
Terraced landscapes work well for steep slopes and hilly yards. By creating multiple terraced levels you can provide easier, safer access from the yard to the house, as well as good irrigation and erosion control. Terraced levels will make the slope less steep and create different areas for outdoor entertaining. You can create a beautiful, footpath between terraced levels with wooden steps, flagstone pathways, or pavers in stone, concrete or brick that offer safe, non-slip surfaces. Landscape lighting along pathways will provide extra safety and protection after dark.
To supply adequate water to grassy areas and plants, consider a drip irrigation system instead of a sprinkler system. A drip irrigation system provides slow irrigation to plant roots and creates less runoff than traditional sprinklers. To help prevent slides, landscape with plants that will reduce irrigation needs and provide a more stable landscape.
To control erosion, plant trees, shrubs, and plants in your terraced landscape areas. Large rocks, stones and mulch around plants will also help to prevent soil erosion by reducing the amount of water that flows down the slope. Mulch helps to absorb and retain moisture for plant growth and prevent unwanted weed growth, especially in shaded areas. For best results, choose a heavier mulch like bark chips or shredded redwood. Lightweight mulches like hay and straw often wash downhill in a heavy rain.
Multi-Level Patios and Decks
Multi-level patios and decks are great for sloping or hilly yards that are difficult to use. You can build a multi-level patio or deck into the hillside and connect the levels with stairs or garden pathways. The top level should be close to the house for convenience and easy indoor access. It will provide a great area for family dinners and outdoor entertaining. The lower level, further from the house, will provide more privacy for relaxation and quiet conversations.
Multi-level patios and decks can be built in various sizes and shapes to fit your landscape terrain. For extremely steep slopes, decks offer an advantage because they can be elevated off the ground with shrubs and plants below to help with drainage and erosion problems.
If you have a sloped or hilly back yard, you don’t have to give up backyard activities. To learn more about creating a terraced landscape or building multi-level patios and decks, talk to a local contractor in your area.