One day last week it was not very hot (or so it seemed to me from my air-conditioned house) so we ventured out for a walk. Now that I've settled into keeping five, only one has to actually walk, and my kids are there to take turns holding hands too so it makes it really easy.
Usually Alice walks. Duchess and O'Malley like walking with her, until they get tired of answering all her questions. Then she helps me push the stroller and tells me things for a few minutes while their ears rest. :)
I still am not entirely sure why I love pictures of kids walking so much, but I continue to take a ton of them and they make my heart squish every time.
We walked around the block and my kids were bugging to go home. I had the brilliant idea to stop at the park instead. The Merrybabies stayed in the stroller and I alternated between pushing it up and down the sidewalk in the shade while pushing the swings a few times. It was a nice change of pace.
The blue swing, OF COURSE. Alice's love of all things blue borders on obsession at the moment. Duchess loves that about her- makes them kindred spirits.
Remy, serious and pondering as usual. He's such a quiet little guy most of the time. "Are you having a good time?" I ask with a big smile. "Yes." he tells me very emphatically but with no smile.
Duchess and Perdita working through the mechanics of the big girl swing. Didn't last very long but it was cute.
We only stayed about ten minutes and then we all were very hot and tired. I walked back home pushing the quad stroller and herding Alice, who was dragging behind and wanting to sit down. Finally I put her on my shoulders so I could walk faster. I'm sure I looked like a crazy person, pushing the huge stroller and holding on to Alice with my other hand. She didn't trust me a bit and was quite sure I was going to let her fall. She kept putting her hands over my eyes so I had to stop and adjust. We made it almost a block before she begged to get down. So I put her in the stroller and gave Perdita a chance to run. Girl can book it with the promise of ice water and Mickey Mouse.
It was so fun!! But I don't think we'll do it again until October or so. The back yard is about all we can handle these days in the heat. :)