Simon is SIX

A little family celebration at Grandma and Grandpa’s for Simon’s sixth birthday (that is actually tomorrow).

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Then we drove over to my sister Omi’s new property. What a great place! An orchard to play in…
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Finally we got back home and surprised Simon with his birthday gift. They were trying to guess what it was with three clues: Green, sparkly and one pedal. Of course they were stumped and the suspense was killing them. It was exactly what he asked for!
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A DIY bike tow on the Yuba Mundo

Jason attached a piece of wood to the right foot rest/platform for easy tow support for Xander’s bike.

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We just pop the front wheel in and use a strap or bungee to secure it. Jason took it for a test spin and it works great!
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We had to make sure it works with the panniers on and it does-we just have to flip up the support at the bottom of the bag and flatten it out a little.
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Nice day

It would have been a shame not to get outside today! The sun is shining and warm after a stretch of grey days.
Check out my new bike bags! I wanted something smaller for day to day bike rides. I’ll leave the giant bags in the garage and save them for grocery hauls. Aren’t they slick? Made by Basil. They kind of remind me of diaper bags but the extra pockets are handy for small items, like the sunglasses and keys.

Xander is riding his own bike and feeling more confident.
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As soon as I mentioned going on a bike ride, Lotus ran downstairs to Isaac and ordered him to get his shoes and helmet on. We both had a laugh over that. Isaac showed her he already had his shoes on, so she said, “Oh…get your helmet on!”
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“Take a picture of my mushroom.”
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It’s hard to pin this girl down for a photo.
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togetherness

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archery and trampolines

Archery and trampolines on the same day! Jason agreed to keep Lotus home while he worked and the guys and I had a fun day out.

Writing their names on their targets at Archers in Tigard…
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Getting some instructions from the coach…
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Bullseye! They did get quite a few. Simon got very close several times and they all had fun.
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Sky High Sports, a trampoline place also in Tigard.
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Classic mom prank: tiny stack of pancakes

I blamed the miniature stacks of pancakes on my shrink ray, of course. The regular sized pancakes were brought out, rest assured.

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Out and about

Xander and Simon went with me to pick up a library book and were hoping the new park would be finished. Not yet!

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We rode our bikes over to Grandma and Grandpa’s house today. Cousin Icen was there too. Grandma pile!
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Cousin friends.
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One of the reasons for the bike trip was to give Xander some ride time on his own bike. The three kids loaded on the cargo bike is getting really heavy for me and I’ve been encouraging Xander out of the “cargo nest.” Learning to ride a bike has been hard for him and he needs to build his confidence. He’s excited and motivated to do that but his endurance is low at this point.

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Stopped at the school playground by my parent’s house.
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Almost home and Xander can go no further. His hands and arms are sore from playing on the monkey bars and we weren’t making any progress, so…
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Three kids and an extra bike in tow, and it was getting dark, but we made it!
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Yo Gabba Gabba

Lotus is amongst her Yo Gabba Gabba stuffies, which is from one of the handful of shows on Netflix she likes. The girl loves her TV shows.

Isaac loved watching TV when he was little and then the next two weren’t that interested…and now we’re back to TV love.

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Worst Day of the Year bike ride in PDX

We managed to get all three bikes, including the Yuba Mundo, on the bike rack for the 16 mile, Worst Day of the Year Ride in Portland. It was foggy and chilly but luckily no rain. yay!

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Our costume was “Our Family Garden” or as many people shouted at us, “Flower Power!”
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Jason caught me with a weird expression but Lotus required some nursing stops on the curb a couple times, this one was even before we started…
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Lined up at the start. There was very loud, awesome drum music playing-a real pep rally.
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Too many stops and starts for me to manage the cargo bike, so I took Jason’s bike and he did the big job.
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The camera battery died early on. Does that always happen? Luckily Jason had his iPod so we were able to get a few more lower quality pics.

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One of the course pit stops and another mama-Lotus curb snuggle. There were three stops and each one had treats. The kids loved it!
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We made it! Lotus fell asleep during the last mile.
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Isaac says, “Why are they celebrating? They didn’t do anything.” That’s right, Isaac, you did an amazing job keeping up with us! His legs were sore by the end.
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Victory beer.
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Just hanging at home

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