Yesterday, we took yet another nature walk.
This time, my friend, Alissa, and her son, Ian, came up from the "big city" close to here to come with us. Alissa is a good friend from college, a post college roommate, and the fixer-upper of Marc & me. We have recently discovered that our two boys have a few things in common: they both really like maps, and the zoo is their happy place. (I normally don't care for the term "happy place," but in this case, it's simply fitting -- Ha)!
When we met up with Alissa & Ian, Luke discovered Ian had a fantastic piece of nature walking equipment: a compass. Ian was very nice & let Luke use the compass.
I'm going to guess that we stopped roughly every 25 yards to check the compass. Never mind the fact that we do not live in mountains (or even hills, for that matter). Directions are easy to figure out -- Ha! (I have to remember these boys are 5).
Kate was with us; however, she was made to ride in the jogging stroller yet again...poor girl...
At the end of our hot nature walk, Alissa & I made the boys pose. They did pose; however, I honestly think they were merely both humoring us,
After our walk, Alissa & Ian needed to head back home for another obligation.
On a whim, I took Luke & Kate to Subway.
If you know Luke, you know he's an excessively picky eater. So, at Subway, he gets a sandwich with meat, cheese, and bun. That's it.
When we sat down to eat our food, Luke said, "Wow! This sandwich is really good"!
It doesn't sound like much at all, BUT it was one of those moments I was suddenly grateful....grateful that I was able to hear it, grateful for the simple, everyday moment with our kids, grateful Marc & I chose to "make it work" for me to stay home.
The walk must have tired Kate out, despite the fact she merely rode in the stroller. She took a long nap, and Luke & I had to ultimately wake her up so she would sleep that night.