So the kids had wanted to go for a walk. And I said yes, but that day I puttered out and changed my mind. Two days later, I was reminded we didn’t take that walk and so I got my kids ready.
My oldest has been getting into this old Boy Scout book his grandma and grandpa gave him and has been reading it like crazy. I said we could have a picnic lunch, so he gathered backpacks and bags and started getting everything ready. Some of these bags looked like they would be cumbersome but I allowed it for this time (except for the basket!).
I did not fully clean my house when we left because I knew if I didn’t go now, I wouldn’t go. My kids were all packed up. I told my daughter the basket would be better here at home and so she replaced it with her bookbag.
I made sure everyone had sweaters, because even though it was warm,by the time we reached the top of one road, it would be more likely chillier and windier than where we started.
We started out and since one of the first areas was a hill, my kids were already slightly whining. I tried to keep encouraging them to keep moving. I knew that if we kept going up, things would level out and be a little easier. (Wow, what a neat illustration for our lives, huh? But I guess that is for another post! 😉 ) At one point they got to climb a big bolder, eat and drink something small while they looked around. I didn’t get pictures but it was nice.
This was before the last picture, but my old computer won’t help me switch them! Arstie, Monkey and Engineer. I think this was after Monkey and Artsie saw a woolly bear in the road, picked it up and put it on the side of the road.
Pudding at a rock wall. I always loved rock walls. There are a lot of these in certain parts of New York. That and the fallen tree in the background.
You forget how beautiful everything looks until you actually walk, am I right? All the houses you usually miss. All the beautiful rocks and trees. All the mountain views (that for us are right around the corner!).
And you think, “WOW. God’s creation is amazing.”
And our spring hasn’t even really hit yet, can you tell? It was such a beautiful day!
At first we were all warm at the bottom and our sweaters were put to the side, but half way up it began to get windier and we eventually had to put them back on. (Make sure if you ever walk, you bring a sweater, JUST IN CASE!) My kids were thankful that I made them bring them. It’s easier to put off layers than try to find a way to stay warm.
Sometimes as we walked I had Puddin on my back and other times he wanted to walk like the rest of us. I thought that would be hard, but it wasn’t as hard as I thought. I was thankful we were not on a busy street because I had to keep pulling him back to the side of the road.
But he wanted to walk, so that was nice for me every once and awhile.
We were getting closer to the top.
You could hear me every few minutes saying, “We’re almost there! Keep going!”
I called my friend to see if we could possibly use a piece of her yard as our picnic area. She said yes and I was so blessed because we couldn’t find an area anywhere along the sides of the road (and my kids were asking for food!) We did take a break at one part and had water and some of my kids had oatmeal bars but they were ready for sandwiches when we got to the top.
“Mackerel sky means more wet than dry.”
When we got to the top more clouds were rolling in, but not enough to be rain clouds, though it did block the sun a little. We enjoyed our picnic and played in the field. We had walked an hour altogether and they enjoyed the wind and little stream nearby.
And what was surprising was I wasn’t as tired as I thought I would be. All I can think was, “Wow, I have stronger legs than I used to have. Thank you God!” Exercise and health are such a good thing to work on! I can do things like this with my kids!
We were going to walk back down (which by then I knew I would be tired) but my friend joined us outside, invited us in and then drove us back. It was a fun adventure and a way to get healthier! The kids want to do that again, but this time I will make them go both ways (aren’t I mean? But it is all down hill! 😉 ).
I realized, after another time I had a good amount of energy, just like on this walk, I had eaten chia seeds not long before. I put them in my Chia Tapioca Pudding (a THM recipe).
This is what I have in my cabinet. I usually get them from Walmart but there are tons of other choices online at amazon if you want. It may seem like a small bag but you only use about 3/4-1 Tbsp of chia see per pudding and you can add them to your smoothies, too.
Chia seeds are considered “powerhouses”, or that is what the Trim Healthy Mama book mentioned, and are used to give more energy. And I think after having them and seeing the results, I will be adding them more to my menu because they really are giving me a bit more energy.
I have to go but we will chat later.
Be inspired today!