Archive for May, 2014

Mom mobile and in-line skates

Now I have my fast bike and my slow bike. This is my sloooooow mom mobile. I’m getting used to the kid seat on the back and I can go slow enough to ride while Xander skates. The even weight distribution between Lotus and the front basket must keep it well balanced.

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Xander and Simon have pretty much lived in their skates from the time they wake up until bed time, and getting quite good! Simon is still nervous on uneven ground but looks like a pro on flat surfaces. They zip around the house, zoom up and down the deck and ride around the block. I’d say it was a good investment!
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Cycling with shoe clips

Jason and I took a bike ride on the trail and I finally got a chance to try out the pedal clips. Clipping in was much easier than I thought and the cycling felt wonderful!

Unclipping isn’t too difficult but the learning curve is definitely there. I clipped out fine the first few times but later when I had to stop short for traffic, down I went: crashing down on my left hip and scraped up my hand. So that’s what those cushy cycling gloves are good for! I put the gloves on and cycled unclipped for 4 miles before my confidence returned.

Lotus and I sporting our “hair is growing out head toppers.”

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We tried another trailer and Jason reports it rides well…
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Not long after my fall. Still smiling!
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Also on the camera are my two nephs I got to snuggle recently. Little Rune let me pretty much nom on his cheek the whole time. Yay! Icen was too busy with serious play for Aunty snuggles. He and Lotus were tearing up the deck with trike races.
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In-line skates

Xander and Simon got some inline skates and we tested them out on the trail today. Simon had a tough time and didn’t last long…

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Between the two pairs with adjustable sizing they fit from a size 2 all the way up to an 8. Isaac was able to take a turn, which means I can probably use them too! Xander seems to be the most into it. I see Xander-Mommy rollerblading happening soon…
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Isaac’s 13th birthday finale

I love this guy!

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Isaac is 13!

Our beloved Isaac is 13 today! We can’t gush enough about our “baby.” He introduced us to parenting and I guess we sort of loved it since we had three more. Now he’s introducing us to the teen years and I can tell already IT’S AWESOME!

He wanted a faster computer for his birthday so he and Jason built one together…
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We started off his big day with a fancy breakfast. Yum, yum! Happy birthday, Isaac!
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Lotus Mobile

In an attempt to ditch the cargo bike, I’ve put the child seat and front basket on the comfort bike. Our first ride was okay, but not great. Going up a hill I had to stop and nearly popped a wheelie with all the back weight. A double kickstand mod is on the way because the bike will not stay standing at all, while loaded on a single stand. All this because the cargo bike has always been a wee bit too tall for me and I started to bemoan taking it out. Maybe we’ll come full circle and look into trailers again. Ha!

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Squeeeeeeee! New bike!

I’ve been scouring Craig’s List for a lighter road bike and finally found a good one. Incredibly, it came with a ton of accessories, including shoes and pedal clips IN MY SIZE. It was meant to be.

I test rode a full road bike with dropped handlebars and discovered it wasn’t for me, at this time. I didn’t like having to drop down for every gear change or braking, especially for all the in town commuting we do. A great compromise was the Trek 7.5 FX with the upright handlebars but the lighter road bike components. Zippy and a perfect fit. The shoes are great too and something I probably never would have bought for myself.

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