Last summer, we made a plan to take evening walks after dinner. We weren’t too successful in keeping the promise so we vowed to try to take as many family evening walks this summer. There have been a few, but can’t say that we are any more successful this year than last. For one, now that Claudine is mostly walking (just got rid of our double stroller!) she thinks she can just run down the street without us. Never mind the tantrum that followed after Mark caught up with her one evening after we went for ice cream. I remember when Mia was a runner at this age – she’d take off, particularly in the meadow during a picnic at the park, and then I’d have no choice but to leave Claudine, then a baby, on the blanket unattended to run after her. She outgrew this eventually, but I had forgotten about this little burst of defiance until Claudine started the same behavior. Fun times.