Greg took the day off on Friday and we bought the girls bicycles. They knew they were getting them soon, but they didn’t know that the bikes would be waiting for them after school.
Melissa used to have a bike when she was about Sara’s age, but when she outgrew it and refused to ride a new one without training wheels, we never got her another bike – until now. We headed out to a quiet street in our neighborhood after dinner on Friday and Greg got to teach Melissa to ride a bike. He had to hold on to her the entire time, or she would have instantly fallen over.
Yesterday Greg took the kids out to ride the bikes again, and this time Melissa was able to ride on her own for a few seconds. A few more practice days and she’ll be a pro!
(And yes, Greg wears his Halloween shirt even when it’s not Halloween!)
You can really see the look of concentrated effort in the first one.
In no time at all, they will be confident and loving it.
25. May, 2009 at 07:04
Yay!!! that’s exciting! I can’t wait to see pics of Melissa flying down the street.
I love all the protective gear……..wish my boys would do the same, lol!
25. May, 2009 at 08:32
Doreen, we’re making them wear all the gear… at least until they stop falling down all the time, then they just have to wear the helmet.
Even Sara manages to fall down – with the training wheels! – but, when she does, she’s on the part of the street that slopes down.
25. May, 2009 at 09:33
Oh and Blue, that’s not concentrated effort, that’s fear! LOL
25. May, 2009 at 09:34
I am so glad you got the girls bikes…my kids love riding theirs… yup, a few practice days and they will be set.
Do you have a playground nearby with the rubber mats around??? Those mats are perfect for learning how to ride a bike and offer a little more cushion than the pavement when falling..:)
25. May, 2009 at 09:40
forgot to say that Greg and Matthew would get along fine.. he wears his Halloween t’s year round too!
25. May, 2009 at 09:41
How fun! I know what you will be hearing all summer…”Mommy, can we ride our bikes.” lol
These pictures are great!
25. May, 2009 at 09:49
Go Girls! They will be flying around everywhere very soon and Melissa will wonder why she waited so long! Congrats to her for conquering her fear!
25. May, 2009 at 10:10
that is awesome!!! I wish Sam would learn to ride without training wheels already!! The girls look great. I loved riding a bike when I was a kid.
26. May, 2009 at 11:40
How fun! Looks like we were doing the same thing last weekend. It’s quite a workout, running with bikes, my legs are still sore. Now my girls are begging me to go on bike rides everyday!
28. May, 2009 at 10:25