Wednesday, September 21, 2011

Outdoor Play with My Family

Hey Neighbors,

I just have to take a minute and share a few of the things we as a family do together outdoors. September 24th families are encouraged to participate in Worldwide Day of Play and to turn off their TV and play outside!  Now, I have to tell you that this is something we do every evening, that it is not foul weather outside.  Right now we are on a volleyball kick.  With a family of eight it is easy to split up into teams and play 4-5 games a night.  We usually play to 11 and my family gets quite competitive!  So not only do they play 3 games and 2-3 wins, but then they have to challenge with an all or nothing.  It actually gets quite amusing, as they yell encouragement to each other, or even when a debate starts over if the ball was out of bounds or not.

Before that it was kickball.  We spent weeks running out each evening after dinner to the local park to play kickball.  We were constantly changing the teams around to try to get them even.  Somehow it never quite worked.  With a 10 year old as the youngest all the way up to dad at 50 we had quite a difference in skill level.  We even played one day after a rain and it was so muddy that the two boys walked back after sliding in the mud so many times that they didn't want to sit down in the vehicle. I think dad appreciated that too!

Basketball one night!
Here is a funny one for you.  One night we went to the park and played racquet baseball.  We couldn't find a bat, so we used our racquetball racquets and a racquetball.  We even used a pitcher.  This one was hysterical.  The pitcher would pitch the ball, and the batter (racqueter?) would try to hit the ball.  Because it was a racquetball it would really fly!  You should try this sometime.  When you don't have the right equipment devise a new game!

Racquet Baseball
Other times we do something a s basic as Frisbee, but we either have to use several of them, or have a really large field where we can all spread out to play.

I am sure if the weather is good we will be outside September 24th playing some game.  Who knows what they will come up with next!  Iam encouraging my neighbors At the Fence to Take the  Clorox2® Play 2Day pledge to play outside!

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