Sunday, October 18, 2009

a very welcome fall afternoon!

We were afraid we wouldn't get too many fall days after some of the recent snowfalls. But today was gorgeous! We took advantage of the weather and went over to Lake Bemidji State Park with the intention of taking a hike.

Well, Lola wanted to do the walking herself. So while her mother and father may not have gotten much exercise - Lola herself ran for more than hour straight.

It's amazing to think that this coming Tuesday, will be two years to the day that we found out we were pregnant. So much has changed. To see Lola walking and running around - becoming a little girl - is just extraordinary. It seemed like just a few weeks ago she learned how to sit up, how to roll over. Now, to see her running (usually away from us) and learning to talk, telling us "No no no!" when we try to pick her up - it's simply amazing.

Lola won't wear shoes - she's stubborn like that. (Hmm, I wonder where she gets that one?!) But we now have here wearing this heavy sock things with ribbed bottoms (I'm sure there's a name for them, but I can't think of it right now). It makes it possible for her to walk outside - like today - but we decided today that we really should get her wearing "real" shoes soon for winter. We want to be able to go snowshoeing or hiking this winter - and the socks just aren't going to cut it. Still, they sure are cute! And without them, it would have been very difficult for her to navigate the pine needles and pine cones.

We had so much fun today, even though Ray and I didn't get the exercise we had counted on. But it was even greater to see Lola having such a wonderful time outdoors.

Well, the whole afternoon wasn't perfect: Lola didn't always want to stop for pictures! Here, she is actually mad because Ray wouldn't let her run down the very steep hill. He had her stop for a picture. Didn't quite turn out like I'd hoped!

After more than an hour of having Lola run around free, she crashed. Literally. She tripped on a rut and got her hands dirty. She hates getting dirty, so that was the end of her adventures for the day on foot. From then on, I strapped her to my back and we hiked back toward home.

Just a wonderful afternoon.

- Bethany :)


mk said...

Love all the pics! Looks like it was an amazing day. Now you have to send them to me so I can print them. Love

WM said...

So much fun to read your blog, and see all the photos! They're great, as is your narration. I'm so glad your trip was fun! I miss you guys!