The sun is falling earlier these days. Daylight savings makes the light shift that much more acute, making us feel like squirrels bedding down for the winter. We feel ourselves curling up in our den around the fire with our favorite blankies, books and mugs of warm something or others. It’s a good time of year. If the sun peeks out though…

We’ve committed to daily walks as a family. It’s only a mile or mile and a half every day, but it’s been lovely to get outside to breath the autumnal air.


Guinevere has taken to running for most of the mile while Jude runs for about 1/4 of a mile before he slows his pace to a walk. As he walks, we hear the most fabulous stories about robots and giant ants, about otter boy, about trolls and any other thing his brain comes up with. He has plans with his dad to open a comic book studio someday and they are going to need a lot of stories.

I think walking as a family is helping to keep us connected. It’s on these walks when I do my best listening to this girl. It’s when she confides things in me and asks lots of questions about things, holding my hand, chattering away about every thing that her brain comes up with too.

Our loyal hound Martha. Whenever we go for walks she always get so excited that she gets this really viscous spit that wraps over the top of her nose. It’s really gross. I remember seeing a dog like that once, before I had my own dog who does this, and thinking how horribly disgusting it was. Teach me to judge. Upon seeing this Jude hollered, “Ohh disgusting! Martha squirted snot across her nose!” A small price to pay for the greatest joy known to this pup.



As adults, you children may forget some of those stories and discussions on those walks. Your putting those walks into words will be that wonderful memory “jog” which will inspire more sharing. So love you all xoxoxo

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Gigi Said

  • Topless Tapas 2012-11-03 18:44:52-

    Tami was leaving to go out with her friend and the kids begged to go with her. I said, "you don't want to go with mom, she is going to the Tapas bar and we are going to stay here and play games."

    Gigi stiffened, "That's weird", she said as she blushed. I processed fast and realized the problem. "TAPAS bar. It means 'small plate', not TOPLESS bar!"

Jude Said

  • Nicknames 2013-01-04 21:30:33-

    The checker at the store asked our always conversational little boy what his name was. He replied "Jude" then added "but sometimes they call me pumpkin brown". LOL.

    And they are right. We call him that after the folksong that we sing sometimes.

A long time ago…