This beauty recently entered my life. Meet my anniversary present. Isn't she lovely? She needs a name. Don't you think?
We decided a few months ago that we're going to officially be a bike family. Our new neighborhood is beautiful and brimming over with inviting sidewalks. In the evenings we've been leaving the phones at home, getting out of the house, and taking to the streets. Together. About an hour before the sun goes down we load em' up and move em' out. It feels marvelous outside in the late evenings. We wave at our neighbors. Notice houses, gardens, and yards we've never noticed before. Sometimes we ride fast, racing - legs burning. Boys yelling. Sometimes we coast - legs simply along for the ride. All feels quiet. I feel fully alive.
Can someone remind me why kids are supposed to wear helmets these days? I never did growing up. Ever. Wearing one feels hot and takes away from feeling free. It feels like wearing a 'schweddy' head bra. As a family, we've never been big on bikes before. This is brand new to us. I'm sure there's a lot of statistics and terrifying public service announcements I could watch to convince me helmets are necessary for every neighborhood bicycle excursion. Heck, I'm sure there are public service announcements and news stories that could convince me my kids should be wearing helmets to bed at night. In all seriousness I feel out of the loop when it comes to bicycle safety. Convince me. Educate me. Go easy on me. I'm listening. If these fears are legitimate I'll invest more energy in making sure the boys wear their helmets every time they ride (it's hit or miss right now). If this is simply another odd way we are being conditioned to become overly fearful and see the outdoors as dangerous, then meh - I'm going to be more lenient.
As my kids are spending more and more time outside, there's always this tug - wanting them to be free, to explore, to fall madly in love with nature, to feel comfortable and at peace while they are outside - and wanting to keep them safe. That balance between unsubstantiated fear (one too many Lifetime movies) and responsible parenting seems difficult to find. Do you feel that way too?
Do your kids wear bicycle helmets every time they ride their bikes? Do you?
We're also in the market for a bicycle seat for Hudson. Got any pointers? The one we inherited from a friend does not work for him. He's four, but he weighs less than 40 pounds. Tall and skinny. Can he still go in a seat on the back of my bike, or do I need to use one of those trailer contraptions? My fingers are crossed hoping he can hang out in a seat on the back of my bike.
While riding we have found several hidden treasures near our home. Perfect trails. Parks we've never explored. The boys have a whole list of places they want to visit this weekend on their bikes. And when I say list, I mean they actually have a long list written down on paper after spending a solid hour on Google Earth. My kids dig a list.
Got weekend plans? We're making friendship bracelets with some friends (duh, who else would you make them with?). Last summer when we were staying at the farm, my sister-in-law bought all the supplies for friendship bracelets. I thought for sure her girls would be the only ones crazy about a jewelry-genre art project. I thought for sure my boys would make a bracelet to be nice - but then be done with it. For sure - I was wrong! They loved the art and work of making designs for themselves and their friends. We could easily declare last summer the summer of the friendship bracelets.
We'll be falling hard and fast in love with the Olympics tonight, and I think we'll spend another weekend on our bikes. It's habit forming. After watching the Olympics, I'm sure we'll ride extra hard and extra fast. Isn't that the way it goes?
"Every time I see an adult on a bicycle, I no longer despair for the future of the human race." -- H.G. Wells
How about a few weekend links?
I love this army man remix.
This is dreamy. Who wants to pack up and go?
This is obviously not her day.
I'm making this again this weekend. Try to stop me.
Do you have a Lowes in your town? These really are fun - and free.
When I'm riding my bike, this is what I feel like on the inside.
This is cute.
This article about the Olympics made me all kinds of teary and hopeful.
This is such good news for African mothers.
Speaking of helmets, Hayden has called dibs on this one. Ashton on this one. Have you seen these?
Could every parent in the world please read this?
Have a beautiful weekend!