So now, it's just me, Dear Son, and our dog. and some of our best quality time together is spent going out for a simple walk. While this may sound dull or ordinary to some, I don't dare take it for granted.
Dear Son likes to walk EVERY day. Everyday, he eagerly asks me, "Hey Mom, ya wanna go for a walk?" And I confess, there are days, occasionally, when I find myself in utter disbelief at such a notion. My every thought and emotion are silently screaming, inside my head, "WHAT? Go for a WALK?! Are you KIDDING?! Do I LOOK like I have time for a WALK?!"
As my mind absolutely races with everything I have to do around here, I think, "HOW in the world can I fit time in for a WALK?!!" But knowing how much my son really looks forward to this, knowing how much he enjoys it, AND in fact how physically good it is FOR him, I simply do not have the heart to say no.... Even on occasional days such as these, I MAKE the time to walk. And in the end, I'm always glad I did.
First I grabbed a pencil, and began to sketch on a piece of scrap paper... Nothing too fancy-schmancy, just a quick basic outline, that led to cutting out paper dolls... the likes of which I haven't made in YEARS!
I sponge painted the background of the pages in a skyblue-ish acrylic paint. I decoupaged the paperdolls onto both sides/pages of my layout. The photos I've included are from different walks I've gone out on with my kids. My theory is, have that camera ready at all times, and take as many pictures as you can. You'll never be sorry you did!
The picture of myself, walking with my new (LOVE this!!) Gone With The Wind shopping bag, from Barnes and Noble. (*Just heard the sad news; RIP Ann Rutherford.)
Just underneath this photo, there's an envelope pocket, in which I can keep some personal journaling tucked inside.
Still, I came home with a few goodies; my favorites being the new set of Corelle dishes, the teapot wall hanging....
...and then this suitcase I got, with the intention to keep doll making supplies inside it. I recently won a spot in a doll-making class at LaFioReVida....
And Brenda, who teaches this class, keeps all her supplies in a case like this. So, I figured, "If it works for her, then it should work for me!"
Today, the sun was shining, and yes, we went for our daily walk. Again, it was a very nice walk; but in the end, all I know is this... Rain or no rain, busy or not, stressed or not, time or not, Dear Son and I ALWAYS enjoy our walks together. I've never been sorry I got off my duff, or stopped whatever I was doing, to take this time with him. Every venture out is truly a blessing... And THAT'S what matters most!
Thanks so much for stopping by!