Thursday, 15 May 2014

Walking back to happiness, woopah, oh yeah!

For those of you of a certain age, you'll probably be singing the title of this blog for a while :-)

When you have a child, birth or adopted, you wonder if they'll like the same things as you as they grow up. Having adopted a five year old with definite ideas of her own and who probably had never been on a countryside walk before, we hoped she would come to enjoy our love of the outdoors.  Would she moan every time we mentioned the 'w' word? Would the Lake District be a distant memory for us?

Well, after a wobbly start, I'm relieved to say she loves walking. Hurrah! We bought her some proper walking boots last week and she loves long walks, thinking nothing of a 3-4 miler around the local countryside, which for her little leggies is quite impressive.  Of course, it's even better if we take a picnic with us.

As this morning looked set to be sunny and warm, I asked last night if she'd like to walk to school, which is about 1.7 miles. Yes, yes! she shouted. The first thing she whispered to me this morning as I wearily opened one eye was "Mummy don't forget we're walking today!

Walking to school meant we had to leave 25 minutes earlier than usual and miss Tracey Beaker on CBBC (thank God) and she was ready in good time so off we set in the sunshine. I do feel so much better when the sun is shining and Missy was in a great mood too, pointing out lots of flowers and other things along the way.

We arrived at school in good time, Missy telling everyone that she'd walked a long way - well she had and some of the 4x4 mums were quite impressed.  I walked back, this time with a brisk march, and even managed to jog some of the way.  The exercise and the sun has meant my mood is so much better today, and topped off this morning with another weight loss at Slimming World.

Woopah oh yeah indeed!

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