Jake decided he was going to learn to ride a two-wheeler this week. No clue why. His first day out with me holding the back of the bike was an unmitigated disaster.
Ok...that might be overstating it a bit. But I wanted to use the word unmitigated.
Let's just say, I didn't have much hope of him riding alone in the near future.
But the boy surprised me. Who knew?
And when Zoey saw that her little brother could do something she hadn't mastered....well....that was just not cool.
So Miss Spunky-pants decided to learn too. And don't bother helping her or holding the bike, thank you very much.
She struggled a bit because her prosthetic comes up over her knee which makes it pretty hard to bend enough to operate the pedals. She figured it out, though.
So....that left Kate...the oldest of the three. She demured. And then she decided to try it too. She is under strict orders from the doctor to wear protective gear because of the blood thinner she takes, so Zoey reminded her and helped her with her helmet.
Kate....well....can I used the phrase unmitigated disaster again? Probably not. My English comp teacher would be appalled at the overuse.
Anyway...Kate is trying but she hasn't figured out the balance yet. It might have something to do with her always wanting to find the camera and smile at Mommy. She couldn't seem to concentrate on the job at hand.
It's just as well because we have one bike for them to ride.
Summer is almost over and we didn't know they were going to take a sudden interest in two-wheeling.
They are learning to take turns.
I'm learning to be patient with the constant, 'He's had it for a loooong time.' and 'No! She had it for a looooong time and took da bike away from me.'
One very determined little girl!
Careening out of control...
"I'm an excellent driver."
Still putting his clothes on backwards. I find it endearing.
Zoey gets Kate ready to ride.
Big sister, Chloe, does her best to teach Kate to balance.
Meanwhile, Jordan and SaraGrace enjoy playing on the porch...bringing back memories of summer afternoons spent on the porch when I was a child.
Jillian gave the dog a bath--much to Ginger's chagrin. To cheer her up, Jake went and got her a spoonful of peanut butter.
"Jake! Did you take a bite before you brought this outside? Answer carefully because we see your teeth marks!"
"I seriously do not get this family's strange obsession with bathing."
"I lower my tail in protest and refuse your pathetic attempts to comfort me with peanut butter."
"Oh. Well, now that you cover it in leftover crumbs from your popcorn chicken, I relent in my decision to punish you."
Our kids have developed a new way to roller skate. They each wear one skate and push off with the other foot. They can go extremely fast, stay in control and twice as many kids can skate at the same time. Whatever works.... :)
Kate and Jordan came up with an exciting ride for their favorite 'friends.'
Put them each in a skate and....
push them down the hill! Wheeee!