Monday, October 1, 2007

Florida Fall

It is here, at last! Some cooler weather. It's still hot, but the breeze we've had in the last few days has brought nothing short of ecstasy to those of us craving some outside time down here.

Summer in Florida is not a pleasant time for me - I can't stand to be outside for longer than it takes for me to get from the front door to the mailbox and back. The heat, the humidity, the sweating in the hot searing sun. All of it is disgusting.

But now? Ahhhhhhh!

This morning I took the kids on a walk around a local lake.

This is part of my jumping back on the Makeover Monday bandwagon. A commitment to walk around this lake at least 3 times a week. This is a beautiful time of year to do it and goodness knows after reading this, and this I know I am a big time slacker in the fitness department.

As a secondary goal, I think I should study up on some ornithology so that when Miss E asks me 'What's that bird Mommy?',

Or, 'What are those birds Mommy?',

I won't have to answer 'duck' and hope for the best!

Pushing these two*,

three miles around this lake three times a week in their trusty chariot will do wonders for our health and our appreciation of wildlife (unless a stinkin' 'gator comes outta that there water!**) With some great music and perhaps an audiobook loaded up on my ipod I'll be racking it up to five times a week in no time!

*I promise you I do fix my daughter's hair, but as much as I like to brush and style it, her standard procedure immediately thereafter is to wreck it. I didn't bother to battle with her before this photo, and I got a smile. Smiles, and pretty hair are generally mutually exclusive concepts in our experience.

** Let's hope this doesn't happen before I have built up the strength and stamina to actually run with that stroller at the sight of any emerging reptiles!


wakeupandsmellthecoffee said...

October is a lovely time of year in Florida. With gators, remember to serpentine. They can't turn very quickly. Lovely pix, particularly of your kids.

JaniceNW said...

Sounds like a wonderful way to spend the morning. I slept in myself. My Monday classes were cancelled. Isn't that just awful? SNORT!

laurie said...

lovely pictures.

that white bird is a great egret, i believe. and in the second pictures, they're cormorants.

i can't exercise in heat, either.

Jessica @ A Bushel and a Peck said...

I too hate the heat. I am not in the worst of it in FLA, but I am in VA, so that's pretty bad too. And I am SOOO craving the Fall. The weather forecast this week is in the mid- to upper-80s until Saturday...I might just move back to Boston if this keeps up.

Bananas said...

What pretty pictures! I too am trying to get back on that old bandwagon... waking up at 5:30am tomorrow for yoga... wish me luck!!

Joeprah said...

Great routine and great pictures. Great family you have there! Congrats!

Oh, The Joys said...

It's so beautiful! Walk around that three times and pass out from gorgeous overload!!

Trenches of Mommyhood said...

You can do it! Gotta have faith--I'm rooting you on!

andi said...

Ooh, it's so pretty. I hate the heat of summer too, but I don't like that the fall means that winter is coming. Eek!

And I'm glad my kid isn't the only one that foils her mother's plans to make her hair look presentable in public.