Monday, July 7, 2014

Our Walk

Every day I walk the children. I take them out for their airing in rain or shine so that they don't turn into little child monsters. Usually we also bring the dog.  Since this is a completely ordinary event for us, I don't usually think to document it, but it might be nice to remember.  Here is what I usually see.  
 Eloise has recently mastered steering her bike well enough to take it off our block.  B still runs out into the road to greet every passing car, though, so he gets to be strapped to my person most of the time.
 We have some regular stops as we walk around our neighborhood.  We stop to see the horses.  Today we arrived right after breakfast, so they weren't interested in coming over to see if we had any food.  B kept a safe distance from the fence, just in case they approached.
 Jared harasses Shadow.  Don't worry, dog lovers.  Shadow nipped Jared's nose a second after this picture was taken.
 Next we visit the little gnome who is standing outside of his tiny door.  Jared always moves him so that the people who live here will think that he was playing while they were gone.
 Occasionally we detour onto one of the many trail heads that branch off of the neighborhood roads.
 We never stroll around our neighborhood without a visit to the bears.  They are decked out in costumes for every holiday, and the Superbowl, if it happens to involve a Seattle team.
 "Who's that trip trapping over my bridge?"
 Someone built a little library for the neighborhood.  The only rule is that if you take a book, you have to also leave a book.  We always stop and check for children's books.  There weren't any children's books today,
 but Jared did stumble upon this little gem: Three Year Old: Friend or Enemy? 
He really, really wanted to bring it home.  "We need it, Mommy.  Eloise is three, and there is even a section on potty training."
Is this three year old a friend or an enemy?  Let me check the guide in this book.
 Then we are off down the road again.
 Until B starts to do this:
 And this:
And we know that it is time to go home for a nap.

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