Seeking one thousandth of one percent of what nature has to say

Look deep into nature, and then you will understand everything better. – Albert Einstein

Just about the time I was learning to say no to more and more, I found myself saying yes to just one more opportunity. The Y word was, in fact, out of my mouth before my brain engaged. But I’m glad I did.

I’ve joined the National Wildlife Foundation’s Founding Mothers Advisory Board. Yep – you can see it right there on the badge to the right.

I’m actually really excited about this project.  Be Out There Moms gives me the incentive I needed to get me outdoors with my kids.

Several years ago, we loved taking road trips, wandering around rivers, rocky paths, underground caverns and historic cities. We could walk for hours. But as Boy Genius’ steps slowed down, we started to lean toward sedentary. And more sedentary. Couch potatoes, in fact. Glued to computer screens, wondering what happened to our active lifestyle.

We’re not the only ones. A study recently released by the Kaiser Family Foundation found that The average American child (aged 8 to 18) spends seven and a half hours in per day watching and participating in electronic entertainment media. Want to know more about that? You can read it here: Generation M2: Media in the Lives of 8- to 18-Year-Olds.

Something hit me last week when I found myself having a conversation via instant messaging with my daughter on Facebook. The kicker:  we were sitting at the same table, side by side. Isn’t that just peachy?

Yep… definitely time to rethink.

Now that Boy Genius’ surgery is over, we’re back on the road to recovery, and we’re ready to get out there again. This Challenge came not a moment too soon.

So, I’m in. At least one hour a day outside. Every day for a week. Starting today. I’ll be blogging about our adventures here.

Here’s the tentative plan…

  • Easter Sunday: Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center (done!)
  • Monday: A walk along Salado Creek
  • Tuesday: Swimming
  • Wednesday: Maybe we’ll go in search of panda bears, who knows
  • Thursday: If it’s clear, maybe we’ll go outside at night and enjoy the stars
  • Friday: Maybe a bluebonnet side trip through Navasota
  • Saturday: Challenging – we have an all day UIL contest. Hmmm….what to do?

You can sign up for your own pledge here.

Not sure what to do? Here’s a great Green Hour list.

You can also follow along on other mom adventures with our amazing group of Founding Mothers. Some are friends of mine…and others new moms that I’m enjoying getting to know…

Ashley Waldvogel Gaddy

Jennifer James

Tracey Henry

Rachel Matthews

Kim Moldofsky

Amie Hurst Adams

Asha Dornfest

Kristin Sundin Brandt

Anna Fader

Veronique Christensen

Holly Ambrose

Christine Koh

Cooper Munroe

Emily McKhann

Leighann Calentine

Hang out with us as we take on this challenge. Share your own adventures. And always remember this piece of Einstein wisdom: “We still do not know one thousandth of one percent of what nature has revealed to us.”

We’ve got our work cut out for us!

Day One of our challenge is now posted here.

I should mention (for those of you who care), my role as a founding mother for the National Wildlife Foundation is strictly unpaid and voluntary. Okay – they did send my son a panda bear after his surgery and some Ranger Rick magazines. But me – I didn’t even get the retro Ranger Rick t-shirt that apparently all the other moms got.  So I can confidently say no commercial messages were harmed in the making of this disclaimer.

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  1. So happy to be working on this project with you and to hear that your son is on the road to recovery — looking forward to reading about your week


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