Archive for October, 2012

Happy Halloween!

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Our craft supply drawers are getting a lot of attention lately. I need to restock!

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More biking

We’ve been increasing our distance a little at a time and today the kids and I did 3.7 miles to Rood Bridge Park, making it over seven miles in total.

Lotus thinks helmets are super inconvenient. The two of them back there is a lot of weight to pull and I notice my knees hurting as a result; without them my knees are fine.
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Isaac is doing great, even asked about a second bike ride later.
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Xander stayed home, still nursing a sore knee from a bike crash. It was probably better he didn’t come because some of the roads were not bike friendly and it was nerve wracking enough with Isaac. We’re figuring out how to get from point A to point B safely and it’s not as simple as you’d think.
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Lotus is hard to capture!
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Banks-Vernonia Bike Trail

After several rides around town, we finally loaded the bikes onto the car to try out a small section of the Banks-Vernonia railway trail.

The top of the trestle…
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The trestle again. We were up there!
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So…..getting bikes and accessories loaded up is a bit of a nightmare with a family of six. This was a good test to see what we need and what we no longer want. We learned that just because a bike rack says four bikes can fit, it doesn’t mean we want to spend the time it requires to make them fit. Stay tuned. We’ll get this figured out.
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Dusting off the bikes

Xander learned to ride a bike and it has ignited a renewed excitement for the activity. It feels great to have 2/4 of the kids riding but the other 2/4 are giving me a 70 pound cargo to tow around the ‘hood. They jump in very excited for the ride, so who can deny them the fun? Not me…so my legs are gladly paying for it.

I’m aiming for the Worst Day of the Year bike ride in February, which is 18 miles. Cue Eye of the Tiger as we set out to increase our bike mileage over the next few months.

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