A Bright, Bright Sunshiny Day!

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Yesterday I challenged you to get off the computer and go do something with your family.  Well, we did exactly that.  We took the kids and went for a walk at a local park.  Well, Husband and I walked.  The two big kids biked.  And the baby rode on Husband’s back.

The heat and humidity broke on Thursday, and it has been beautiful here since.  Sunny, warm, breezy, dry.  PERFECT weather for walking and bike riding.

But I want to ask, does anyone else have trouble getting their kids on board with family outings like this?  Whenever we suggest going somewhere as a family, my 7-year-old son balks.  This morning he actually yelled, “I’m not going!” and stormed from the room.  When did my first-going-on-second-grader turn into a snarky teenager??

After we came to an understanding, we all piled into the car and headed for the park.  And D had a great time.  It’s just so hard to get him out of the house; he’s such a homebody.  But once we get him going, he is usually glad he went.  Especially when food is involved.  We went out to lunch afterwards, where he scarfed down two very large chocolate chip pancakes.  As you can see, I use the term lunch quite loosely.

But back to our morning adventure.  D is doing great on his new bike.  He kept riding way ahead of us and then coming back to find us.

C (4 years old) had a harder time keeping up, but she did it.  I think we covered a total of two miles when all was said and done, with only a couple of breaks for the littlest biker chick.

R (21 months) was happy as a clam riding along on Husband’s back, and on the way back to the car, she actually fell asleep sitting up, her little towhead bobbing up and down as her daddy tromped along.

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8 thoughts on “A Bright, Bright Sunshiny Day!

  1. Glad you like the new design! I guess I’m kind of “addicted” to redecorating on my blog – LOL! Can’t wait to see your new look!

    I didn’t really have to try hard to meet the challenge since right now we have horse shows every Saturday. They are an all day affair!!! But it’s part of our life right now…they will stop after Labor Day, then we will just be doing fun shows.

    Glad y’all had a good time at the park and enjoyed the outdoors too. My youngest is usually the one who balks about going somewhere!

  2. Glad y’all had a great time. . . We went to the park for a nature walk the other day and it was so dang blazin’ hot. Not quite as fun as we had hoped–but we did see an alligator and a humongous spider.

  3. Yep…we did the Nature Trail yesterday. Was a lot of fun. They prefer to do something with the bikes, but it’s just been too hot lately. At least our Nature Trail is very woody…lots of shade.

  4. Any tips on teaching a 4-year-old how to ride a trike? We’re new at this, and honestly haven’t worked with him much. I want badly for him to learn, but it’s kinda hard for me to get it done…

  5. I’m much more of a homebody than the Bean, so the balking for us happens on the OTHER end of an adventure, when it’s time to go home. BUT, the thing makes me a bit squirrely at the outset is not the balking but the lollygagging. Oh good heavens that drives me right outta my TREE!

  6. Faerylandmom – Hmmm. I don’t know. My kids just kind of did it. Now, the two-wheeler, that took some practice. Husband was in charge of that. 🙂

    Anyone have hints for Faerylandmom???

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