Wesley got his uniform and went to his first scout den meeting tonight.
You buy the blue shirt then have all these wee badges to sew on for pack number and area and what rank scout and what-not. I haven't got the hang of it all yet. It took me ages to sew all the badges on. I was "doing my best" - we have learned that one in the scout motto.
Wesley: Mom do your best
Me: Oh yeah - you're the scout now
So I was being super neat with nice little stitches feeling the pressure of having Wesley being the kid in scouts with the crooked falling off badges. I did a nice job if I say so myself and thought he looked great. He hopped on his bike and rode off down to the church (of course they meet in a church it is SoUT). On the middle of his back waved a big price tag. LOL. It wasn't there when he came home...
I was running a little late this afternoon so finished up my ride at the school. It was the first time I have been on a bike too with Emma on hers. Our first mom n' daughter ride. Awww. That was really cool. She is so cute with her little bike and backpack.
Bikes and big smiles...awwwww....
She was tired when we got home and fell asleep on the sofa. Wes had a birthday party we had to drive him over to and I had to wake her up to put her in the car. In her half awake groggy state she che cried "Mommy I don't wanna go in the car I wanna ride my 2 wheeler".
Emma rode her bike to school today and I ran along beside her. Oh my, that was awesome.. School is 3/4 mile away and is just too much for a groggy 5 year old to walk in the morning. It was a piece of cake for her on a bike this morning. She was all jazzed and proud of herself choosing her spot to park in the bike pen.
"I rode my two wheeler all the way here from my house that is far, far away" she told everybody who would pay any attention.
Since she started kindergarten in August I have been firing up my car and driving the 3/4 mile back and forth twice per day. The exhaust fumes put out by doing that are something that has irked me for a while. Not to mention the grid-lock at the school with hundreds of cars dropping off a couple of kids each all trying to get there at the same time. The twice per day gridlock made me a bit grumpy.
I ran home and am as jazzed as Emma this morning. A 1.5 mile run is exactly what was on the training plan for me today too. 'tis flow.
With much fanfare and two parties Wesley turned eight years old
He's been waiting to join Scouts - ya haveta be 8 yrs old. Tonight was the first chance and it was a fundraiser cake auction. Wesley made a cake to donate.
It sold for $24 and was one of the cheaper ones... Emma did manage to bid on a cupcake with her dollar.
No pictures here but the big news of the day is Emma is riding her bike without training wheels now. She took off this evening unencumbered by me hovering or the training wheels and found the freedom of herself and two wheels. She was flushed and giddy and wanted more. Do I hear mini me?
Things with lots of suspension and gears are thinning out in my garage these days. Here is another one cleaned up and ready to leave the fold.
Gary Fisher Procaliber
SID Carbon World Cup. Upgraded Manitou x3 swinger SPV. Bontrager Race Lite wheels. Juicy Seven brakes. SRAM X.O trigger shifters. Bontrager carbon cranks, bars, stem, seatpost. Sold with no pedals. Size (SM) 16". Great condition. I never really rode this bike much and I never raced on it. $1500.
It has taken me a few days to fully digest what a smashing success the camp was. I for one had a superb time. During the whole three days there was a buzz and excitement from all participants. We had about 27 riders. Most came along for 2 days. Day three was the smallest with only 12 riders starting and nobody - not even crackhead Dave managing to complete the whole 86 mile route mapped out. Day three stats for me were 5:28 and 62 miles.
I've been enjoying reading everybody's blogs and seeing their pictures. I didn't get to ride with everybody so hearing the post ride stories over dinner and in blogs has been a treat. Seeing people have a great time doing something I created is a real special thing for me. It was the people who came that made Camp Lynda such a success. It was all about the riders. Put together a bunch of people who really love to ride their bikes and you can't go wrong I guess.
Best part of Camp Lynda - the people:
Worst part: Getting up early on day 3 (I was weak and late...)
Most scenic spot: The point at Gooseberry
The Camp concept was to come and ride at your own pace following a GPS. Huge thanks go to Dave who spent many hours putting together three days worth of tracks into a nice one click upload. There is so much more behind the scenes work on this aspect than you know unless you have tried this at home yourself. The routes received only compliments. The only folks to get lost either didn't come with a gps or didn't actually look at the screen... Everybody found their way back on course thankfully.
Marshal was one of the camp stars. I'd never met him before. He followed all the online instructions, downloaded the routes and came to camp. He rode at his own pace everyday and glowed full of ride stories at dinner time. Marshal you validated the whole camp concept and I thank you for coming.
Funniest Camp moment: I agree with Dave on this one - Adam cracked me up with his tire burping power-slide into the Barrel Roll trail head - funny.
Biggest bummer: Jeff Kerkove driving 11 hours to camp, spending the night barfing then driving 11 hours home the next day. We missed riding with you Jeff.
Top local rider award goes to Brad. The routes even put Brad on some terrain he had never ridden before. Thanks for representing the SoUtah team.
Biggest whee moment: Whooping along behind Chris, Chris and Dave on Barrel Roll on day 2.
Best post camp blog quote: Brad Keyes: "She also calls it Camp Lynda which makes it sound like we are going to have punch and cookies and maybe play lawn darts. We had no punch and cookies and we didn’t play lawn darts."
Best camp photos: Adam has super shots. Thanks for this one below. You have such rich colors in your pics. Sometime I'll have to talk with you about photos instead of bikes...