Pk has been seeming "off" the last few days. She goes like that sometimes and I'm sure it natural for all kids but me being me, I always brood about what's going on. I'm guessing it's probably the change in routine but I worried that she was somehow feeling neglected. Normally, in the morning, the dogs and I go for a good, intense walk together for 30 to 45 minutes. This morning, I decided that it was time to sacrifice my exercise to take a little person with me. She was thrilled.
We have walked in the field with the dogs since we moved it. It's a field owned by the railroad, I think but, this being a small town, the town has basically taken possession of it and nobody complains. It's our unofficial off-lead dog park. Some kind soul (who I would love to thank if I could ever figure out who it is) mows a path with a tractor mower and the dogs love exploring in the tall grass. I discovered three days ago that what I thought was just a path by the train tracks is, in fact, a path to a little creek and I had been waiting for the right time to surprise Pk with a walk to the creek. This morning was perfect. She was enchanted and the dogs were thrilled to get to cool off.
The nicest part of the day, though, was getting time with my friend M. Usually we have the kids along and while it's fun to visit, we don't get much chat time. Yesterday, we shopped, went out for a lovely sushi lunch and then went for pedicures. I can't remember the last time I got to hang out with a friend. We have to find some time to do it again soon.
The day finished up well, too. When I got home, the kidlets and I had some "hanging out" time. I bought LB with water table with his birthday money and both kids love it. We spent some time playing outside and for a while, I actually got to rest in the hammock which they played.
The view up into the trees with the wind rustling the leaves was so restful!