Monday, June 15, 2009

Haven't we done this before!

Well, here goes another one of our kids taking the plunge from the bike with training wheels to the "big boy bike". Each of our children have handled this a little differently. Benjamin, kicking and screaming when we made him get on this same bike WITH training wheels! Less kicking some screaming when it was time to remove them. The training wheels on Stephanie's bike gradually broke and we just never told her! She thought she was riding a bike with training wheels, but NOPE!!!

Here's Marshalls attempt. No kicking, some whimpering/crying! Lots of aprehension!

Where do you go to practice riding your bike? We go to the local cemetary! Plenty of flat space, not alot of traffic! Lots of grass (granted it's mixed in with lots of large cement stones as well!)

Here's a little bit of that whimpering and apprehension I mentioned. I think if I were close enough to hear this conversation, I might hear something along the lines of "I think we should be done practicing for today dad." or "I'm just plum beat, let's head on home and try this again when I'm 12!"
Oh, what's this . . . oh, yes more apprehension/whimpering.

Here we go, we're going to do it this time!

Hmmmmm. Could this be aprehension and whimpering?

THIS time we're going to do it!

The final decision for the night was that . . . .

Mom was easier to practice riding bikes with! SHE NEVER EVER LET GO OF THE BIKE!
the other decision made tonight, was that mom and dad are getting too old for this! Either the bikes are getting closer to the ground, mom and dad are getting taller, or our backs are just getting weaker. I don't remember it hurting like this with the other two kids!


heath said...

I remember when my training wheels were taken off. I came home from kindergarten to discover that my dad had taken them off to "fix them." My best friend could already ride a two-wheeler, so she peer-pressured me into trying it. No parents holding onto the back of my bike. But your kids will have such fun memories of when "Mom/Dad taught me to ride a bike. . ."

Mike and Megz said...

Good for Marshall! Wow, he's so old. It seems like I was older than that when my training wheels came off. Anyway, Looks like another adventurous day at the Rust home! =)

Wish upon a Starr said...

As my husband told me a couple of years ago, "You better stretch, your not as young as you used to be." Next time you go bike riding, you had better stretch. :) I did kick his butt for that. Way to go Marshall!! It brings me back to dad trying to teach us how to ride.

Lori Muir said...

Marshall's a stud! Good bike teaching parents. We just sort of take the training wheels falling off sort of approach! Ha. Less back breaking that way!

Michele and Wyatt said...

Way to go Marshall!

Caldwell's said...

That's a great memory. It looks like he's well on his way. We have 2 more of those to do!! I keep thinking this might be the year for Alexis--but she doesn't.