The temperature has risen a degree above zero, so the snow has melted. The boys have been desperate for a bike ride for ages, so today we headed out on a bike ride adventure. I’m usually to be found running between the 5 year old twins, either chasing them to stop, or picking them up off the floor. The little lady goes up front and they are not allowed past her (she actually responds to stop commands, so when she stops they hopefully will…behind her!!). Today I decided that I would take my bike too, in order to keep up. Then I also decided that we turn this into an adventure and try going further afield. All slightly nerve racking having two wobbly novice riders on the roads (we don’t have pavements here!).
An issue with the boys bikes is that they have a pedal brake, making it hard to get the pedals into the right position ready to push off. Last time out we perfected using the brakes to stop, rather than our boots 🙂 This time we were aiming to perfect starting out 🙂 Lots of wobbles and topples later, and they were getting a lot better. I had taken supplies to break up the trip with a little bit of beach play and a snack, to give them a break from the bike ride and concentration.
We stood the bikes up along a footpath, and while the children played on the rocks, I set up the Kelly Kettle for a brew of hot squash and hot chocolate. When those were poured, we lit a fire on the beach, toasted marshmallows and made our marshmallow sandwiches. Once refuelled we headed off on the other half of our bike ride. This last part involved quite a busy road, so I was quite a nervous wreck when we got back home. However, we had done it, and we’d had an adventure along the way!! I was so proud of their concentration and listening. Plus the effort their little legs put in over the 2 hours we were out was amazing 🙂 They feel really chuffed with their efforts and they have a big story to tell Dadda when he gets back home 🙂