Tuesday, July 27, 2010
I wasn't sure what to expect - I packed lots of distractions just in case - sippy cup, fishies, his new Woody, and his favorite lovey Monkey. At first he didn't want to get into the backpack, but once I told him we were going to find rocks, he immediately calmed down and let me put him in. (love boys!) I had to adjust the backpack, since my husband had used it last, and each time I did, I kind of had to jump up a little to tighten the straps. "Wheee!!!" was Stephen's giggly response.
The next hour of hiking was one of the best hours that I have ever spent with my son. He was SO excited to be out there. I showed him the trail markers, which were yellow, and he would get very excited each time he spotted another one, then say, "I find more!" He pointed out pine cones, trees, a dog, rocks, big rocks, more rocks (all BOY!), trail markers, and in between spotting these things, he would say, "fun Mommy!" Absolutely melted my heart.
We went again today and it was more of the same. Today we did a different trail along a pond. I still cannot get it through his head the difference between pond, lake, and ocean.....he just calls them all "pools!" Ah well, right idea little man. After 48 minutes, he told me, "All done hiking Mommy." We were almost back to the car, since I knew the 2 of us wouldn't last more than an hour.
Neither time did I need to get out any of my backup distraction items, nor did I need to stop to entertain him. This is just the beauty of nature and being outside. And I am so happy that he loves it....cuz love it or not, he's going hiking with us in Acadia :)
Thursday, July 22, 2010
2 - Snacking on some homemade granola
3 - Roasted chickpeas - delish!!! I found this awesome recipe online - I always am snacking at night, mostly looking for something crunchy (crackers, goldfish, etc). These help to satisfy my craving and aren't that bad for you!
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Enjoy! Laura Elaine
Friday, July 16, 2010
Thursday, July 15, 2010
Monday, July 12, 2010
Before I headed out for my 3 miler this morning, I was checking my blogs. One of the ones I love to follow is Racing with Babes (HERE). She always has inspiring words or funny stories about the little ones. This morning she had posted pictures from along her 8 mile run, and invited her followers to post pics of their runs too! So here they are, starting with my view from mile 1:
Finishing up - closing in on 3 miles:
Friday, July 9, 2010
1 - I'm doing reverse hypers on the physioball and Stephen comes over, climbs on so his feet are by my head, he is facing my feet, lying on his belly, and holding on to my underwear and shorts so he doesn't fall off and says, "wheeeeeeee!!!!"
2- Next up - bridges - he comes over, says "I ride" and climbs on.
Let me tell you, that extra 30 pounds of 22-month-old makes a HUGE difference!!
Have a great day!
Thursday, July 8, 2010
So back to my story from today. I dropped the car off for an oil change, and was running back to the house. I was approaching a woman on the sidewalk walking toward me. In her hand I thought I saw a take-out coffee cup. Yup she was power walking with her Super Grande Mocha Latte. As she got closer to me, I did my usual: smiled, waved, and said good morning. What did she do back? Nothing. Yup, NOTHING. No wave, no smile, no hello. Just kept on walking. Seriously?
Well, I thank you Super Grande Mocha Latte Lady. I thank you for giving me something to blog about today. I thank you for making my run go by fast, since I was brainstorming said blog post all the way back to the house. And I thank you for making me appreciate common courtesy!
So now I am passing my smile, wave, and "good morning" on to all of you! Hopefully you do the right thing back :)
Have a great day!