Celebrate National Forest Day on June 11, 2016

One of the best summer memories I had growing up was when we spent a day at a family friend’s house which was located in an area where there were a lot of space for various outdoor activities such as picnics, hiking and even hours of running around with my brothers and cousins. We live in the city so we rarely have the chance to explore the outdoors. We would always ask our parents if we could go back there during summer but sadly though we never had the opportunity to go back there.

If you have been planning on spending most of your summer outdoors , then The National Get Outdoors Day is the perfect day to begin your outdoor summer adventure with your family and friends.
National Get Outdoors Day

As kids it was easy for us to spend time outdoors – to go barefoot in the grass, play in the mud, explore the wilderness. As we get older we find ourselves struggling to find the time to do the things we once loved. As adults, we may be caught up in our everyday hustle and bustle, but our kids deserve the opportunity to get out and experience the laughter and carefree fun that we once cherished.

Make the time! It is worth it – and nature is much closer than you might think. Every neighborhood has a #Naturehood. DiscoverTheForest.org highlights urban forests and parks. These “naturehoods” are just a short drive away, making it easy for families to unplug from the daily routine and reconnect with nature.

While there are still many people living in rural areas, over 80% of Americans have chosen to move into metropolitan areas with fewer connections than ever to natural areas. But what many people may not realize – there are urban areas that offer many of the same benefits as their more rural counterpart, the national forests. Beyond the swings, slides and clearings, there are trails, trees, wildlife and water just waiting for the urban dweller.

National Get Outdoors Day

The Ad Council and the US Forest Service will be launching a campaign to motivate families to get out and explore the outdoors. Saturday, June 11th, is National Get Outdoors Day and we want to encourage everyone to make the time – get up and get outside!

National Get Outdoors Day will include a series of events offering traditional and nontraditional outdoor activities across the nation. Events may include special guests like Smokey Bear and Woodsy Owl and free admissions to our national forests so families can experience activities like fishing, canoeing, kayaking, rock climbing, hiking, biking, horseback riding, and archery. Just use this simple interactive map tool to search for nearby activities. Or Visit the “Get Your Pass” section of www.everykidinapark.gov, complete an online activity, and download a personalized pass for free entry onto federal lands and waters locations.

Research has shown that children who play outside have lower stress levels and more active imaginations, become fitter and leaner, develop stronger immune systems and are more likely to become environmentally conscious in the future. According to campaign research done by Euro RSCG, 88 percent of children today say they like being in nature, and 79 percent wish they could spend more time there.

National Get Outdoors Day

You have nothing to lose and everything to gain! Engage your senses, spend some quality family time and expand your imagination with some fun outdoor activities. Share your family fun on Instagram using the hashtag #ForestFotog.

And to make things a little more exciting, starting Saturday, June 11th, and running for several weeks, Discover the Forest will post a creative photo of the forest and ask followers to replicate the photo with their family and participate using #Getoutdoors16. Who doesn’t love a great scavenger hunt?

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Productive Summer

In a little over a month, summer vacation will be over and a new school year will start in mid-June. Our children are making the most out of their school break. It has been a productive couple of weeks for them and we’re really proud of what they have accomplished so far.

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Our youngest was part of the service team of the recent Youth Camp in our parish. He has also been accepted to the SPES (Special Program for Employment of Students) Program of the government. He has been assigned a summer job at our barangay. Our eldest has applied as a student assistant at his school and we’re still waiting for an update on that. He has also been making some advance readings on the subjects that he’ll be taking this semester. He’s in his senior year in college and he knows that this will be a particularly hard year for him especially since they will be making a lot of projects and programs (he’s taking up Information Technology).

And since they don’t get to spend a lot of time online when they have classes, they have also been spending time surfing the web or just catching up with their friends and classmates on Facebook. Our youngest has even been looking for a musicians friend store locator online because he’s planning on setting aside a portion of his earnings from his summer job to buy a guitar.

Anyway, we hope that they will manage to stay productive and enjoy the rest of their summer vacation and be ready when school starts again.

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Simple Celebration

Hello everyone. How are you all doing? I’m sure that most of you are still busy with the parties and reunions that are happening throughout this holiday season. I do hope you get to spend Christmas with your family and those dear to you.
We had a simple Christmas celebration. The whole family, along with my brothers and their family, spent the day at Manila Ocean Park. It was fun and we really had a great time. The last time we were able to spend time together was last year so we were really looking forward to spending Christmas together.
It may be tiring but we definitely had fun and we hope that we get to spend more time together as often as possible. Our schedule was full that day, we get to go around the premises and see shows including the Sea Lion Show and their Symphony Evening Show. We weren’t able to go and browse through the different stalls that sell souvenir and gift items since there were a lot of people and we didn’t have the time for it. We just passed by most of them and caught a glimpse of some of the items that they were selling. My son wanted to look at some of the music instruments that a store was selling such as a compact keyboards and a mikey way guitar but we weren’t able to do so because there were a lot of people and we feel that we wouldn’t be able to shop properly because of it.
It actually didn’t matter that we arrived home really late because we all had a great time and we were able to spend Christmas with our family.

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