While we're big proponents of getting your kids out in the backcountry, it's not a requirement to have an adventure.
This winter Chilliwack has been blessed with snow, lots of snow. In a place that usually gets true snowy winter for maybe a week or two, we've had at least 3 weekends where church has been cancelled due to snow and a bunch of snow days for the kids. I've gone a few weeks between bike commutes because my road bike just doesn't cut it on the snow.
As an adult it's super easy to look at the snow and only think about the shovelling that will need to get done. As a bike commuter and a family with a single car, it's easy to lament the loss of freedom for someone when the car is in use.
But then you take a look at the magical faces of your kids in snow and realize that snow isn't an inconvenience it's a world of possibilities.
At some point in our lives we move from that child like wonder of snow to a world in which our task list is so important that the change in schedule becomes something we lament.
"Ugh, I can't get in to the office!"
"How will I get everything done with the roads as they are. I can't get to all my meetings with how long the drives are going to take."
While our kids beg us to take them tobogganing we feel frustrated that they're bugging us because we have chores to do. Our 'no' to the outdoor play isn't so much a no because it's impossible, it's a no because we don't feel like going since we are beholden to our task lists.
Instead, grab the sled and bundle the kids on it and tow them for the dog walk.
Get outside with them and go sledding. Take the time to carry the littlest ones up the hill until they're falling asleep in the snow. Don't get angry at them for taking so long to walk up the hill, just enjoy the change of pace.
Emails can wait. No one will perish because of a day of delay.
Don't worry about the days of skiing that may be lost. Enjoy the time you have with your kids right in front of you.