Category Archives: Kid stuff

Kidz in Training

Emma's cycling development is coming along. Her cadence averages 140 rpm with her 60mm cranks and she has been rocking the single speed from day 1.

We've been working on drafting lately. She loves the new found speed. Lots of whoops and yeehaws.

She learned to do the Hula Hoop too. Core strength and flexibility training all rolled into one. Adult males evidently cannot Hula Hoop. Wesley proved it was a skill lost with old age by doing the hula perfectly.

OK cheating a little. We got her a trailerbike and it is a lot of fun. Ems and I can keep up with Wesley now on family rides.

How I just love that little girl. She makes me smile every day in my heart with her combo of cute, smart and spunk.


It is warming up here. I switched the sprinklers on and the kinders dashed in for their swimsuits to run through them. It really isn't that warm yet - they are fueled on something I am not...

This perhaps...

In an effort to get more veggies into their bellies I let them choose what we were planting this year. They had a great time putting in seeds and little plants. We put in lettuce, eggplant, pumpkins, squash, peas, tomatoes and strawberries.

After dinner they went back outside to see what had grown yet - LOL.

Kids n’ bikes

Emma is thinking about sports modeling

She came out the house ready to ride wearing swim goggles. It was a really funny moment. She is all about function. Said they were to protect her eyes.

I talked her into the pink shades.

We rode about 4 miles. I think it is time to upgrade her wheels.


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...

mom & daughter first ride

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".


Lowering my footprint

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.

8 years


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.

More cake

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?