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.)

Sninner or Snanner?

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAOn Sunday evening, Ian and I were riding home from visiting family.  We were talking about his evening meal.  He said he wanted a snack.  Since it was very close to dinner time, I told him it would be dinner.

Then he said, “No Mommy, I don’t want dinner. I want a snack.”  I told him that his food would be more like dinner food than snack food.  So, the word “Sninner” was born.

Isn’t that a fun combination of Snack and Dinner?  Then we thought that maybe “Snanner” would be better.   What do you think?  Which do you like better?  Or do you have another idea?

Sninner or Snanner, that is the question. It was fun to realize that we’d made up a word.  I was pretty proud of the two of us.  Ian liked it too.

This photo was taken years ago while Ian is eating his sninner after playing at the beach.  Actually, I am not sure what time of day it was.

Today I am thankful for:

  • Making up words with my son
  • Watching his mind at work
  • Listening to Ian’s ideas and questions
  • Seeing how much Ian loves his daddy and loves to mimic him (in a good and fun way)
  • The beauty of a sunny day
  • The taste of sweet cantaloupe for breakfast
  • Walking to pick up Ian after school
  • Watching Ian explore the neighborhood on the walk home from school
  • Having bath time after school and plenty of time to play with Ian
  • Reading books with a boy who loves them

I wonder if we will create any new words today.  I will let you know if we do.