An Outdoor Afternoon

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It took a bit of convincing to get the kids outside for the afternoon.

Crisp and cool, it was a refreshing late fall afternoon, too beautiful to be spent indoors. After much procrastination (kids’) and frustration (Mom’s), they were dressed and out. It took about two minutes for them to start having fun. Instead of sitting in front of a video game, they built forts, went for a walk in the woods, and played make-believe on the swing set.

Listening to their carefree laughter was the highlight of my day.

A Walk with the Dog

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I am not a dog person. At all.

I can’t stand the barking. Despise cleaning up after them. Get annoyed when they won’t settle down.

But here’s the thing: We have two.

I got talked into the first one, by my children and my husband. And he was such a little monster that I decided we needed a second one to calm him down.

Now they need exercise. I don’t have the patience for training, I’m the first to admit. So when Georgia (above) pulled like crazy while walking her, I quit.

Then I heard about this cheap little solution: a head halter. And it works! The most surprising part, though, is that I actually enjoy those moments out walking her with it.

Now, if only I could get one on that short little pug nose…

A Walk in the Early Afternoon

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It took me a long time to get started.

I’d been meaning to begin walking for a long time (a really long time!). But there was always an excuse: too hot, too cold, too rainy, too busy… You get the idea.

Until I did.

And now it’s a moment I look forward to each day. A walk in the early afternoon. When I’m feeling ambitious, I even take my dog. Under the hot sun, in the rain, or even when it’s cold, I walk.

A moment of fresh air, exercise, and quiet.