After some errands around town, we plopped little man (still in his car seat) into the stroller and headed off for a family walk. We didn’t get too far today in the cold weather. In fact, when we reached the turn around point to head on home, Dad realized that little man wasn’t wearing any gloves and he wouldn’t keep his hands under the blanket. So, Dad takes his new Christmas gloves and puts them on little man. They reached up to his elbows but he loved it. I guess we’ll have to find some little man gloves.
Today started off with a great big family walk. We try to get in some great walks every weekend. Not only is our great exercise, it is also great for bonding. My son is still too young to participate in the conversations so for now it is just my husband and I talking. The topic can be anything from what is for dinner tonight, to how work is going, what is going on in the family, or whatever the latest project is.
These walks didn’t happen as often or consistent until our son was born. They started as a way for me to recover from my c-section. It later turned into my main form of exercise and contributed to my weight loss. Now, it still helps to keep me in shape, especially since we keep going on longer walks, though I love it for the bonding. The relationship between my husband and I has never been better.
Todays walk happened to be to the local library. It was a fairly large walk. Though when you stop and browse through the books, do some computer work, and check out a Seinfeld DVD before walking back home, it’s not nearly as hard to walk the distance.
I’d like to encourage everyone to go and check out their local library. Reading is such an important skill and it is important to instill a love of books at a young age. There are many books to read and often audio tapes and movies you can rent too. Our library also has some great programs for all ages. Right now, I take my son to babygarten. We sing songs and say rhymes. Then we read a book and finish up with playtime.
Often times school age kids get involved in summer reading programs. But that is not the only time to take advantage of the library. Programs are offered multiple times throughout the year and some are only for a day. We attended a great program about music. It was held on one day and lasted only two hours.