The ‘ing’ Family

I know, it sounds like something out of a Dr. Suess book. But it is true, we are indeed The ‘ing’ Family. As the mother of three very active boys, I learned very early on that weekends and holidays are the time for intense physical activity. Three PuppiesSimon and I call the boys ‘the puppies’ because they need to be run at least three times a day or they wrestle, fight and rip the house apart. And guess whose fault it is if the house gets ripped apart? You guessed it, the parents who were too lazy to run their young whippersnappers!

And the delicate balance of a successful family holiday is contingent upon this daily practice!

I have been roaring around all day picking up, dropping off, grocery shopping and looking for that one last elusive gift. I am pooped. But guess where we are going at 6:00pm on a rainy Friday night? Swimming at the local pool. There is nothing I would like to do more than to settle in with a cup of tea and my Kobo. However, I know that our evening will be wildly successful if the kids spend an hour in the pool before settling in for their evening. And a wildly successful evening for them means, you guessed it, a wildly successful evening for me.

So here is what lies ahead for The ‘ing’ Family for the next sixteen days;

  • Swimming
  • Tobogganing
  • Skiing
  • Skating
  • Ice hockey playing
  • Hiking
  • Trampolining
  • Snowman making
  • Shovelling
  • Bowling
  • Laser Tagging
  • Snowball Fighting
  • Snow fort building
  • Snowy road hockey playing

Maybe it looks like an exhausting-sounding holiday but really it’s a ton of fun and so are the puppies! And my Radical Act is to embrace the fun, the laughter, the competition, the rosy cheeks, the invigorating outdoors and the fact that my fitness level is what it is because I live as a passionately active member of the ‘ing’ family.

Dr. Suess

Who knows, maybe I’ll write a book someday…

’I live in a house full of boys, who make such incredible noise.
They laugh and they play all through the long day…’

 Well, it’s a start…move over Dr. Suess!

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