When I was a kid, I wasn’t terribly adventurous. I played things pretty safe and while I lost myself in a many a book full of adventure and excitement, I can’t say I ever pushed myself much to get out and experience actual adventures first hand.

It wasn’t really until I was an adult that I actually caught the bug and started to get out there and explore more, probably because I never thought I was tough enough to go out and do exciting things. I was the book worm, the non-athletic type, pretty much the wimp. It wasn’t until I started running that I realized I could do amazing things and that extended into my daily life and just wanting to get out and explore and find little adventures in every day.

Now that I’m a parent, I want to make sure that my kids grow up feeling that way. Like they are little explorers and the world is their playground. That’s always easier to do in the summer time and this year is no exception.  We are in the midst of travelling pretty much this entire summer and I am doing my best to give my little guys ‘adventures’ wherever I can.

We’ve climbed mountains where the boys have gotten to scramble over rocks and roots practically as tall as they are…

Turns out this little guy is a real avid hiker!

Turns out this little guy is a real avid hiker!

They’ve battled imaginary lake monsters (aka their cousins) as they jump from the boat and swim around the lake at our cabin…

Their cousins are the monsters waiting for them when they jump in!

The monsters are waiting for them when they jump in!

They’ve even spent crazy numbers of hours building imaginary cities, pipe systems and all kinds of other elaborate things on their work site at the beach…

Construction site!

Construction site! And yes, my husband is one of the most enthusiastic ‘kids’ out there on the sand!

We even made it to ‘the top of the world’ according to these guys, thanks to the help of our all-terrain ‘moon buggies’ (aka ATVs)… 

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So as far as our summer goes, its been all about adventure and fun experiences for these little guys. But parenting is an adventure in and of itself and sometimes it’s not always possible to make every day as exciting as I’d like, especially when you consider things like travel days, rainy days and just the need to have a quiet day at home here and there.

That’s why I love that the boys can still find themselves some adventure in the shows that they stream. In fact, I often catch them acting out the stories they’ve just watched and I love how their little imaginations carry on and keep adding to the story lines even.

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And then there’s those times they just make up all kinds of nonsense – thanks for the great props Netflix!

You can find some adventure with your family this summer by streaming some of the suggestions from this past month, such as:

  • How to Train your Dragon 2
  • Goonies
  • Penguins of Madagascar: The Movie
  • The Adventures of Puss in Boots
  • National Treasure: Book of Secrets 
Disclaimer: I have the pleasure of being part of the Netflix Stream Team and do receive compensation. While Netflix makes streaming suggestion to us, all ideas and opinions expressed in these posts are entirely my own.

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