i’d like to ride a bicycle… yes, a bicycle… a bicycle

Did you hear my song there in the header? Like a little tune you’d make up to sing to a tot. There it is. Today while I was rocking Tru before his nap, I thought of how cool riding a bike is. Seriously – can it get better than having the breeze in your face, blowing through your hair, getting exercise, enjoying God’s creations out of doors (in the warmth… I might add)? It’s a freeing activity. I think there are a few all-important things in a kid’s life… two of which are swinging and riding bikes. There’s something thrilling and rejuvenating about both of those activities. They give you a lift. Whenever I do either activity, I feel like a kid again… without a care in the world. This quote reminds me of the JOY in riding a bike.

“When the spirits are low, when the day appears dark,
when work becomes monotonous, when hope hardly seems worth having,
just mount a bicycle and go out for a spin down the road,
without thought on anything but the ride you are taking.”
Arthur Conan Doyle

So my bicycle dream is for the whole fam to have great bikes. I’ll take the yellow one with the bucket to strap the 3 youngest in. Jimmy, Hannah, and Abe can have the others.

And OFF Weeeeeeee GO into the wilderness called the river trail in our neighborhood. Wouldn’t that be fun? Well – fun until someone crashes and skins a knee or the 3 youngest are kicking each other. Or someone has to go potty … or the mosquitos come out. We’ll just imagine our bike ride in wonderland with the happy Smith family bellowing “I have confidence in sunshine” like the Von Trapp Family singers. Perhaps just a dream… but a good one.

the years are short

I came across these pictures and they brought back funny memories of our life with 2 tots. This collage represents August 2004. We were just finishing our internship summer in Florida. Abe was 3 months old (why does he look so scared?). Hannah was 22 months (maybe her wild hair in that one photo scared Abe). Jimmy had fewer grey hairs (sorry hon – it’s true). I had fewer chubs and wrinkles (definitely TRUE!!!). 2 tots squished into a single stroller at the zoo doesn’t work. A day at the beach sounds good about now.

Looking back, our life seemed simple. But I know at the time it was a lot. Just after this I was called as Young Women’s president when Jimmy was a full-time MBA student. I was young and had no idea what I was doing. In fact, I still don’t know what I’m doing. :) But you know what… I survived that time that seemed so full to me. And I learned a lot (part of the struggle = building character thing) Perhaps that means that I will endure well the next few years that will be VERY full. I hope so.

My friend Lanette posted this quote on her bloggie that rang true to me.

“The days are long but the years are short.” Gretchen Rubin

Oh so true, especially when each day is full of assisting little ones who need mama constantly. But I see my tall kids (yes, Abe is taller than Hannah though 19 months younger)… and wonder where my little babies went. I imagine I’ll snap my fingers and Tru will be going to college. Sigh… I better do better at appreciating the long days… or rather… the simple and delightful moments in those long days.

Get out that ENERGY!

Here’s a video of all that energy being released!