We live on a cul-de-sac that overlooks a very pretty lake. Years ago, when we were house hunting, we had no idea this lake even existed, even though it wasn’t too terribly far from where our apartment was. It’s tucked back in a subdivision, and you can’t see it from any major roadways. We decided to take a street we’d never taken before, and that’s when we saw the lake and then found a house for sale just up the street.
We love the lake.
Tonight, when the sun went down behind the mountain, it really started to cool off. We’d just gotten done with dinner, so we decided to take Claire to the lake. We’ve taken her to the lake before, but she’s always ridden in the stroller. This time, she insisted on walking, but we knew she wouldn’t be able to do the full mile-and-a-half around, so we brought the stroller along, too.
We head off down the hill, and her little feet are going a mile a minute. She was so good about holding my hand and having a great time going top speed. I carried her across the street to get to the sidewalk by the lake and put her down.
And, we were off! Momma was holding Claire’s hand. Claire was running as fast as she could, and Daddy was pushing the stroller.
A ton of people were there this evening, and a lot of them were walking dogs. Claire loves dogs, and all the dogs she met tonight were very friendly. We quickly walked by the ones that were questionable.
She had a great time looking at the water and watching the geese and the ducks. There is a really cool playground on the other side of the lake, but we opted to visit another time.
As expected, her little legs started to give out, so we put her in the stroller. She didn’t even balk at being strapped in. I think we’d run the energy right out of her! She’d made it almost a quarter of the way around, and that’s like the equivalent of three miles to a toddler!
The sunset was gorgeous behind the mountains, and it reminded us of why we moved here. We could have lived anywhere, and we chose to live here. I looked at Daddy pushing Claire in the stroller, and I saw my two favorite people in the whole world.
What a great night.