Thursday, April 18, 2013

A day in the life of Noah

If you ask your two-year-old to put his dirty dishes in the sink after a meal . . .
they might just show up in an unexpected location!
 (At least he didn't put them in the trash can . . . he LOVES throwing things away for me!)
And in unrelated news, today Noah learned how to read words in the "at" family:
hat, mat, bat, cat, sat, rat
He was so proud of himself!
(And I was just a bit proud of him too!)

Monday, April 8, 2013

First EVER family bike ride!

Today was an absolutely GORGEOUS day here in Pennsylvania . . . the perfect day for our very first-ever-in-the-history-of-our-family bike ride!
Brent and the big kids go biking often . . . but Noah and I have been unable to join them because I have not had a bike.  In fact, I don't think I've ridden a bike for at least twenty-five years a looooong time!  Recently, however, I was blessed with a bike - and with the purchase of a bike trailer for Noah, we were ready for adventure!
It takes a while to get everyone geared up - helmets, pads . . .
 Even Noah had his helmet on!
 Jaden did some warming up in the parking lot . . .
 . . . while Lael chose to conserve her energy - and looked beautiful doing so!
 Noah had the easiest job of all - sit back and enjoy the ride!
 Daddy did a fantastic job of making sure that everyone's bikes were road-worthy!

 We rode on the Ironton Rail Trail - which has some amazing history to it - dating back to Civil War times!

 Halfway through, we took a break . . . the big kids had fun jumping from post to post with Daddy.
 And Noah and I were entertained watching them!
All in all, we biked 5.5 miles in just under an hour.  Not bad for my first time on a bike in a loooong time! (And that was the fastest trip for the kids doing a complete loop on the rail trail too!)

After the bike ride, Noah was ready to play!  (After all, he'd been sitting in his trailer for an hour!)  Fortunately, there was a little playground there with plenty to entertain a busy two-year-old . . .

  And of course, what park trip would be complete without a game of "everyone chase Daddy around until someone catches him"?
 And we had to spend some time by the creek . . . for now, just looking - but I know that come summertime, the kids will be asking to do some creek walking . . .
 The sound of the water rushing over the rocks is so restful.
 We kept looking for any sign of beavers around the dam, but they were hiding from us.
 Jaden asked me to close my eyes - then took my hand and led me to a patch of these beautiful little flowers by the water's edge.  We both admired them for a while.
Welcome, spring!
We're so glad you're finally here!