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Getting ready for the time change

Uploaded: Oct 31, 2017

When I was younger I enjoyed the fall daylight saving time change. Some years I remember specifically planning something to fill that extra hour - a run, a book, a craft, etc.

This year, I think it will feel like our family is losing an hour rather than gaining one. We've been spending many afternoons/early evenings outside. Our kids enjoy playing soccer, riding their bikes, jumping rope, etc as the sun goes down. And they love when dad comes home from work early enough to join.

It's going to take a bit of time for our family to figure out what indoor activities to do in the evenings instead as the sun sets earlier and earlier.

Our cousin suggested buying headlamps for the kids so we can more easily play outdoors after the sun sets. Maybe if we can't find an acceptable indoor substitute, we'll give headlamps a try. I'm sure our kids would love the novelty of playing soccer with their headlamps in the dark.