Friday, July 03, 2009

Well, now. My retinas are officially burned right out of my eyes.

There is this giant glowy thing in the sky today and I just stared in wonder...

FINALLY.

Bedtimes have officially flown out the window this week - I ordered from Amazon for the first time since Christmas (which, just so you know, is a record hold out for me) and we're all staying up too late, tucked into bed with book lights and fans and a warm snuggly puppy.

Well, only my boy has the puppy because the OFFICIAL word is that the dog is not allowed on the beds (so sayeth my husband) but the boy's room is upstairs and the dog quietly goes in there and my son is all too happy to have him jump up on the bed. Next thing I know, I can't find the dog and I'm going up the stairs to make sure he's with the boy and not gorging himself on his 40lb. bag of dog food in the cellar - and then I have to make a show of pretending to mind that the dog is curled up with my son. When really, I could honestly care less. And they both know it.

My husband took the kids and two of their friends on a six mile bike ride today on the Canal. He and my daughter just got new bikes - so it was their maiden voyage. The girlie is eight but we're hoping to keep the bike for a few years and we thought she'd be outgrowing the foot brake option before too long. So we opted for handbrakes and gears. Now, I remember my first ten speed - it was the official coming of age bike. You were no longer a 'little kid'. I also distinctly remember riding it for the first time, backpedaling furiously while trying to stop - totally forgetting the handbrakes - and riding directly into a very prickly fir tree. Also, I used each and every gear but probably didn't really understand how to use them for like, two years.

So I tell the girl my story and envision her trying in vain to use her footbrakes, and the bandaids, the crying....Well, my daughter? Had it all figured out within the first hundred feet. Brakes, gears - the whole nine yards. I was suitably impressed.


6 comments:

catsteevens said...

So your daughter is much more brilliant than you, ha. Isn't that how it should be? ;) ;)

And when I read this "outgrowing the foot brake" .....oh how that took me back. I forgot all about footbrakes :)

Glad you're enjoying the summer.

Amy said...

So some sunshine, some pooch snuggling and a very smart girl on a bike. I love all of it!!

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Jennifer said...

My eight year old wants hand brakes too. I told him when he outgrows his bike he can have one with handbrakes. Smart move on me as the child just doesn't seem to growing hardly at all. Not like your weed though. WOW look at her!

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Michele P said...

Jenny!!! You are so awesome! I totally saw the sign that you made--I can't tell you how much of a boost that was! I felt like such a schmuck because I was an hour late getting to the rest stop that was right around the corner (my husband was waiting for me w/our Pedal Partner). My entire team was amazed that you put that sign up and were rooting us on. Thanks so much!