Archive for 2012

Knitting projects

My first try at faire isle knitting-which is using different colors to create pictures and patterns. It’s tough to knit without getting a tight band of fabric that won’t stretch, and my results are less than perfect. This is a size 2-4T: The Choo-Choo Toque.

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And a no nonsense shawl that I *adore*…

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Bike sweetness

Three trips on the bike today: library, milk pick-up and the bike shop, totaling 13.85 miles. Lotus got her new seat with the windshield and it makes a huge difference. I get to chat with her along the way and she is protected from the cold wind. It must be pretty comfy since she fell asleep at one point.

Now I can fit Xander and Simon on the back and with Lotus on the front the weight seems better balanced.

The windshield makes it look extra cool too; I heard a little kid yell “cool motorcycle!” ha!

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My new set of bike keys: bike locks, baby seat lock and garage opener. It’s nice to have everything together and be able to peddle right up to the open garage door.
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Isaac got a new bike today. Poor guy was trying to keep up with us on his 20″ wheels and it was tough! We had to get him a 24″ but if he was just a little bit taller the 26″ bikes were MUCH better. I can’t wait for him to get that bike. Luckily, we have three younger kids so it won’t be a waste if he grows out of it in a year.

Isaac’s new bike next to his old…

EDIT: We took this bike back because we found an actual road bike in the 24″. Yay! Now we don’t have to modify a mountain bike.
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five people-two bikes

I did it! Getting the bike started with three kids takes a little oomph but once it gets going it’s no trouble at all. We should call it the “chatterbox” because the noise of kids talking and me responding and us all having a good time is lively!

We cruised over to my parent’s house to drop off a portion of the pumpkin pie I made and then we went to the park to run and tromp through the leaves. We all decided gloves are important for future rides and the windshield I ordered for Lotus can’t come soon enough. It’s cold!

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Fall has left a blanket of leaves on our yard. We’re in that in-between stage when I’d like to clean it up but there are still so many leaves on the trees.

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Looking up into the sky and the branches of the giant trees is pretty fabulous from the trampoline.
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Mid jump…
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The new bike

Check out our sweet new ride! I got a Yuba Mundo with plans to bike commute for most of my local errands.

I’ve been tooling around the ‘hood with it for a little while but today was our first trip to the grocery store.

Heading off to the store, with a stop by my parent’s house on the way…
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Home again with two GIANT saddle bags full of groceries. Actually they weren’t even close to being full; these bags swallow everything up.
Note: I am wearing my recently knit “ugly sweater”. I called it that the entire time I worked on it and it is indeed frumpy but very comfy;)
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The conservative haul. I was afraid it would be too heavy for me to balance the weight of a 55 pound bike, two kids and a ton of groceries but it was amazingly smooth…
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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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