May 15 – From Where I Walk / Throwback Thursday

POD_May.15_walkHi and Happy Thursday!  Today’s photo challenge is From Where I Walk.  It is also Throwback Thursday.  So I decided to go really old school.

Here I am with my parents as a toddler at my favorite beach — Mission Beach in San Diego, California.  I love that Mom and Dad wanted to get me in the water.  I seemed to like it even then.

Of course, back then I wasn’t walking yet.  However, I did try crawling at the beach and seemed to enjoy it too.  My dad raced to keep up with me, as you can see in the second photo.

For as long as I can remember (and longer apparently), I have loved the beach, the ocean, and sand. And, since I have been able to walk, I have enjoyed walking at this beach and the neighborhood around it.

POD.May.15_crawlI am very thankful that my parents took me to the beach at a very young age and many times since.  Kirk and I did the same with Ian and now he loves it too.

This beach is one of the best places to walk, as is the nearby boardwalk.  There you can see all walks of life, people riding bicycles, skateboarding, rollerblading, running, and walking.  There even is a man who skates in slow motion.

In addition to my beach walks, I also enjoy walking in our neighborhood.  And, this school year, I have enjoyed walking Ian to and from school.  We have adventures each time, enjoy talking or he asks me questions and I do my best to answer them, and we look at nature.  It has been a blessing for me and he seems to enjoy it.

A few quotes about walking:

  • “My grandmother started walking five miles a day when she was sixty. She’s ninety-seven now, and we don’t know where the heck she is.”– Ellen DeGeneres
  • “I like long walks, especially when they are taken by people who annoy me.” — Noel Coward
  • “If you seek creative ideas go walking. Angels whisper to a man when he goes for a walk.”– Raymond I. Myers
  • “When real people fall down in life, they get right back up and keep on walking.” — Michael Patrick King
  • “In every walk with nature one receives far more than he seeks.” — John Muir
  • “Make your feet your friend.” __ J.M. Barrie

I wonder when I will able to walk next at this favorite beach?  I hope soon.  In the meantime, I will enjoy walks in many other places.

(oops, wrong date when this was first published.)

August 17 – Exercise

GEDSC DIGITAL CAMERAAhh.., A lazy Saturday!  I do enjoy a lazy day.  We have needed it after the busy week we’ve had.  And next week will be even busier since it is the first full week of school.

Ironically with my lazy day, today’s photo challenge is exercise.

Exercise is something that I am working on doing more of.  I have to admit that it is something that has slipped for me for a while.

My favorite exercise is walking — preferably outside at the beach.  But, since I don’t live near the beach, walking around my neighborhood is great!!

I am now walking more so that is helping.  We also have some exercise equipment and I am working with that as well.

Here is Ian trying out his bicycle that we bought for him in the spring.  My husband is helping him. As you can see, he was ready to go!  And, so excited to get his first bike.

It has training wheels ,which is wonderful, a great design that Ian likes.  We just need a helmet for him.

He was dressed up since he got the bike on a Sunday afternoon after church.  He didn’t want to wait to go and change his clothes.

Ian loves being active and doing stuff.  I love that and am trying to keep up with him.

I wonder what opportunities I will have to exercise in the next week?  Plenty with walking Ian to and from school and hopefully a chance to walk in the afternoon with a friend of mine!