One of the things that I want to do more of this year, and then I let slide a bit last year on the blog, is to capture our precious family moments. After all, they’re the main reasons for starting this blog in the first place over two years ago, and wanting to have all of these memories stored up in one little internet space of mine.
And what better moment than to capture the first bike ride?!
For Christmas, Freddie and Sasha asked Father Christmas for a bike. Sasha in particular was REALLY wanting one (it was the only thing she asked for, bless her), and after going to road test some in Halfords (for the purpose of telling the big man, of course 😉 ), we secretly put an order in, and picked them up to store away in our garage until Christmas Eve. Freddie didn’t mind what bike he had, but S was quite specific with her request “A Hello Kitty Bike, please!”, but both bikes had to have a bell, and little seat on the back for their teddies/dolls.
Christmas day was too wet to take the bikes out, but come Boxing Day we were all in dire need of some fresh air and to burn some energy off (despite the fact that S wasn’t feeling 100%). En masse, we did a few laps around the block, whilst the kids took their new wheels for a spin.
Sasha really surprised us with how good she was at managing the peddling and steering, and was soon hurtling along in front.
Freds did a great job too, although he struggled slightly to get going with the peddling. For a while I thought he’d inherited my dodgy bike riding gene (I couldn’t ride one without stabilisers until I was 8 and a half!!!!), but we’ve since found out that his back wheel has been extra tight and not going round properly, so the poor fella was finding it ridiculously hard work without really knowing why!!
Both F and S have started to get a little competitive with each other, and there was lots of “I’m the winner!” and “You’re not the winner!”, something which i’m unsure as to whether or not we should be quashing, or if it’s all just part of growing up. I wasn’t expecting it this young though! Aaaah, the joys of a 15 month age gap…
My side of the family (minus one brother, sister-in-law and niece who had to go home Boxing Day)! We had a fabulous Christmas 🙂
Watching my children learn to ride a bike is something I always imagined doing as a parent, and I think it always feels weird, and somehow seminal, when the moment then actually happens.
My little loves, on their bikes.
Here’s to many more family bike rides in 2016!
*On a different note, I’d love any UK holiday recommendations where there is great, off-road bike riding, and the flatter the better, so that we could go biking with our two as well? Thanks!
Linking up with Katie and her ‘Ordinary Moments’.