You must do the things you think you cannot do.
Eleanor Roosevelt

Tuesday, July 06, 2010

Family Birthdays, Bikes and Boom Booms

First we rounded up the unusual suspects and celebrated their birthdays. Jake turns 19 later this month. You do realize I was only 6 when he was born because I'm certainly not old enough to be the mother of a 19 y/o. Not possible.

Keith's birthday is actually in June, but he decided a vacation with his wife would be more fun than hanging out with us for the June party. It's not a bad thing to wait to celebrate because you don't turn a year older until you blow out the candles.

Then there's Barnacle Bill whose big day falls on Bastille Day. He always thought the French were celebrating his greatness until we finally told him what was really going on.

The kids make shirts each year for the holiday. Hank is getting a little old for it though. He didn't want to do it, but daddy told him that sometimes guys do things they don't want to because it makes the girls in their life happy. Good advice, daddy.

They're in age order here. I just asked them to line up and this is what they did.

And the big amazing new thing is two wheeler madness. 

Hank got a two wheeler for his birthday last month, but he was really nerbus about riding w/o trainers. My two youngest kids are insane, future x-game participants, and they couldn't wait to get their trainers off.

Shane is still struggling a bit but practicing. Our house is really long, and you can ride from one to the other so he been doing that with Ella and Hank's help.

At DeeDee's Bill and I took turns running alongside him. I only had flip flops with me so I experimented with some bare foot running. Let's just say I'm not ready to make the switch.

Bill showed Hank how to get started, and he was off. No running behind him or anything. He just took off.
Braking is still tricky but he's getting it.

This little peanut is a force to be reckoned with. There was no, "here's how you start and stop." Nothing. Daddy took her other trainer off and she was gone.

After we thoroughly exhausted them, we broke out the sparklers and other explosives

And then we called it a night.

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