Normally on Monday evenings I go to my favorite kickboxing class, and I've been able to do that throughout this pregnancy, until now. I am 36 weeks along and kickboxing is becoming more of a challenge (same with going up and down stairs, getting up off the floor, and putting on my shoes, etc.), and technically my membership at the kickboxing place is up, so I decided it was a good time to quit until after the baby is born. It's very hard for me, though, because I feel like I can still do it, but I also know that it's probably smart for me to take a little break.
Anyway, we had beautiful weather here today, and since Mike was at kickboxing and wouldn't be home until later for dinner, I decided the boys, dogs, and I had to get out for some fresh air and exercise. So we went for a walk. We saw a couple of interesting things on our walk. First, a couple of houses with Christmas lights installed and turned on. It's fine if you want to get a jump on the rush and get the lights put up early, but for Pete's sake, don't turn them on yet! I have strict rules about waiting until Thanksgiving to do any Christmas decorating, listening to Christmas music, etc., so having Christmas lights and a wreath on (and turned on) your house and pumpkins still on your front porch seems a little weird to me.
This house looks awesome, but again, isn't it a little early? Both of these houses appeared to have signs in their yards advertising the company that put the lights on their house for them, so my only thought is that maybe they get a price break if they turn the lights on this early. I don't know, but it's still weird to me.
There's a new walking trail that connects our neighborhood to an adjacent neighborhood, so the boys and I walked back along there. I just happened to see a large bird land on a tree a short distance away. At first I thought it was a hawk, but then I realized that it was too big to be a hawk. So the boys and I walked over near it, and I could tell it was an owl. It was pretty cool. The boys had never seen an owl before. It looked like a cat perched up there. I only had my phone with me, so these are the best pictures I could get. Not very good, but maybe you can still tell it's an owl.