Get Out: Hang out in the Hammock

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What is more relaxing and outdoorsy than lying in a hammock?


Look at those little people! Those are my (first) three sons and FishPapa about ten years ago. We splurged and bought a hammock and stand, about $200 total at Target. It was a huge expense, but seeing as both have lasted TEN years, I guess it was a good investment, after all.

Lying in a hammock has been one of my favorite pasttimes. Hammocks are perfect for cuddling, reading, sharing deep thoughts, and staring at the sky.

They can also be pretty portable. My mom picked up a cheap cord hammock for one of our family vacations when I was a kid. She hung it between two trees, making the perfect spot to lie and read a book.

You can buy them for as little as $25. Check out this one at Target. Or you can make your own, if you’re handy.

Today’s Challenge: Hang out in a hammock with your peeps.

Okay, if a hammock is really out of the question, lay a blanket on the grass. Spend time cuddling, finding shapes in the clouds, counting the stars, and chatting about the day. If the weather is still on the cool side, bundle up.

You’ll be surprised at what a relaxing, outdoorsy thing a hammock can be.

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Do you have any special hammock memories?

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  1. We do not have a hammock at this house, but I love them! Our college had hammocks scattered all over campus– I can remember how awesome that was, to find a quiet nook somewhere and just sway our cares away. 🙂

  2. I am so sad. This is a great series, but here in MN we’re supposed to get 12 inches of snow tonight. There is no grass to lie on, the hammock would freeze and snap in the wind (though I do love them) and I am 9 months pregnant and cannot take my two small children outside. The weatherman just said that there is no warmup in sight. Plus, my husband wanted a gender surprise, and if it is a girl, I have no winter clothes as my daughter was born in June. (this freaks me out; I am a planner and feel unprepared, since the budget forbids any baby clothes buying until we know what it is.) Encouragement needed; please help.

    1. Oh, dear, yes. My cousin lives in Pipestone and it’s a mess there. What a weird winter, eh? Hang in there.

      As for the baby clothes, please don’t fret. My first girl came after 4 boys and we put her in boy clothes all the time. Baby doesn’t care what she wears as long as it’s comfortable. Blessings to you!

      1. I know, you’re right. 🙂 Had a serious case of the gloomies this morning. thanks!

  3. Love this! I grew up in Brasil and for most of my childhood had a hammock hanging just outside my room on the upstairs porch. It was the first place my mom looked for me…I could usually be found in it reading. I have a couple of hammocks and a hammock stand, but haven’t gotten them out in a while. Will have to try to do this soon before our 2-3 weeks of spring turn into Texas summer!

  4. Hey, Thanks for sharing my post on how to make a hammock. Obviously I TOTALLY agree with your thoughts on hammocks. They’re pretty good therapy!