the daily walk

We go for a walk every day.  I know what you’re thinking — this isn’t rocket science.  But, when you are the mother of many young children (and four qualifies as many, don’t you think?), there are many, many barriers to going on a walk. 

Often, you have a newly mobile child who insists on walking (instead of riding in the stroller) — very slowly.  Or same child insists on riding their trike — also slow.  Or you have two not-quite-mobile children, so have to push the huge double stroller — exhausting.  Or a child who hates the stroller in general.  Once you have some older children, they’ll want to bring their own bike or scooter — you’ll never keep up.  Or some combination of the above.

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Blessed day, I currently have none of the above.  What I do have is two big kids in school (love public education), one baby who loves the stroller, and one four-year-old who has become a champ on the cutest little training-wheeled bike in the universe.  He keeps right up with me.  In fact, I’m going to have to start wearing my running shoes to keep up with him.

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It has been a (mostly) beautiful Spring in Utah, and our walks are utterly pleasant.  We wave to neighbors — mostly old folks — and check out other people’s yards to get ideas for our own.  Jon rings his old-fashioned bell and makes up rules for me:  “When I ring my bell once, that means stop for a minute and wait for me.” or “When I ring my bell a bunch of times, that means I’m about to go really fast.”  Mary just takes it all in and is, for once, 100% content.  It is the best time of our day.

Goodbye now — we’re off for our walk!

P.S. We love the bike and the stroller — both are available on Amazon.com, if you are looking for something similar.

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Radio Flyer classic 10″ bike.  This would be too small for some four-year-olds.  We have pretty short legs.

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Graco Metro-lite Stroller with Snugride carseat.  So much better than the last stroller, which we purchased in 1997!  I did a lot of research, and think this is a great set-up for the price.  (Ours has different fabric.)

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2 thoughts on “the daily walk

  1. Kristi

    Hi Liz!!!!
    I’m so excited to see your blog! (Your hair looks adorable, by the way) Emily passed your website along, and I love it!! You’ll have to fill me in on the whole blog scene, as I am in total darkness as to how to navigate through WordPress.
    Looking forward to hearing from you…
    Love,
    Kristi

    Reply

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