Goodbye Training Wheels!


Evangeline was pretty proud of herself today, and for good reason!

Evangeline’s bike has had a flat front tire for awhile now, so I asked Tobin to air it up today and he did. Evangeline was so excited to have her bike in full working order that she hopped on it and careened down the driveway as fast as she could peddle – nearly wrecking a the end of the driveway in a very poorly executed last-minute turn. I realized her training wheels were giving her a false sense of security – and you can’t really lean into corners with them on – so on a whim I grabbed a wrench and started taking off her training wheels. Tobin took one off, and I took off the other, and in about 5 minutes, the safety net was GONE.


The photographic proof.

We told Evangeline that hey, Ransom can balance on his balance bike with no issues, and she can ride that too, so just think of this as a balance bike with peddles. In fact ignore the peddles if you want and just balance on it. So she once again hopped on her bike and balanced for maybe 10 feet at which point I asked her if she’d just like to peddle (she did), and off she went. I feel a bit jipped out of the experience actually. No hand holding (or bicycle holding in this case) on my part, basically once the training wheels came off, she was off and riding her bike – no big. We rode the bikes over to the park and round and round the kids went. Ransom on his balance bike and Evangeline on her bike without her training wheels. Really not so bad for 4 and 2! :) Ransom has to grow taller to fit the bike we have for him – bet he’ll be riding that by next year.

Anyways, super, SUPER proud of Evangeline! What a big girl she is!


The kids looked so cute coming back from church that I drug them out to the backyard and snapped a few pics.

IMG_8675Today was Sunday, so Tobin took Evangeline and Ransom to church and I stayed home with Viviene who is sick. Of course. Because it seems like all winter SOMEONE in this family has been sick. I’m nearly over bronchitis, but I would have gone to church today had Viviene been better. The kids had fun at church – even though I was informed there were no cookies in the foyer (good). The message was good (it was about Paul out of Acts I believe), bummer I couldn’t be there. Instead I caught up on my Bible reading. I’m reading through the Bible in 90 days, and am on day 18 – which translates to Judges 15 – basically just starting in on the life of Samson. For all you version die-hards I’m sure you’ll laugh at the fact that I’m reading in the Message, but it’s pretty easy-reading, and after growing up reading the NIV, it’s a welcome change. I’m a pretty captive audience when holding Viviene, so after I finished my Bible reading, I also finished the book I started yesterday, The Time Keeper. It started a little slow and wasn’t nail-biting like the Norwegian thrillers I’ve been reading, but it was good and I even cried at the end. Hormones. Thanks to NCRL, I’ve been checking out ebooks and reading on my phone a lot lately. The perfectionist in me feels like I’m accomplishing something even though I’m just sitting there holding a baby. :) Today I started The Fault in Our Stars. So far, so good.


Claire and Ransom playing on the basketball court.


Corbin crawling…it won’t be much longer before he’ll be walking.

The kids decided that naps were pointless on a gorgeous day like today – they absolutely wouldn’t go down to sleep, so I texted Heather about coming out and letting the kids play together. It worked out after naps on Corbin and Viviene’s behalf, and the kids had a great time over at the park. We even saw our resident Great Horned Owls on the same limb we saw them on the other day over in the park. It is such a blessing living out here.

The kids spent a couple hours out on the tennis court playing. I rode on the plasma car with Corbin. That was fun. We brought over the tricycle for Claire but she decided she couldn’t go fast enough on it to suit her needs, so instead Corbin tried to ride it, though rather unsuccessfully.

It was a good day. The weather was beautiful. So glad it’s spring. :)


Viviene and Daddy. (She’s wearing a 12-mo outfit – at 3 months!)

I am blessed. All the pictures from today here.