he can do it!

many of you know that we bought our (THEN) three-year old son a STRIDER balance/push bike for his birthday back in 2010. and a month later, we bought our almost two-year old daughter a STRIDER balance/push bike for her (early) birthday.

we chose the STRIDER balance bikes because we didn’t want to have to endure the “drama” of training wheels as the kids got older.

we LOVED those bikes.

our kids LOVED those bikes.

we enjoyed long family bike rides.

our kids could go faster than we could.

they could go down big hills.

on trails.

over rocks.

we took those bikes on mini vacations.

and across the country on a big family vacation.

everyone who saw our kids on those bikes loved them.

they were amazing.

fast forward to earlier this year (or about a year ago?) when Samantha hopped on her new-to-her bigger bike (without training wheels) and took off down the sidewalk as though she was born with two wheels for legs.

but her big brother wasn’t able to do the same.

not even close.

and worse yet?

he didn’t really want to.

not at all.

so we waited.

and waited.

and waited.

longer family bike rides like we USED to enjoy sounded fantastic.

but they weren’t a reality.

we LONGED for them.


months passed.

we did everything we could think of to convince him to PRACTICE riding his new-to-him bigger bike.

but nothing worked.

so we waited.

and waited.

and waited some more.

and not always patiently.

but now….

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…now we can!

for real.

we can enjoy family bike rides again!

and it’s everything we dreamed it would be!

One thought on “he can do it!

  1. Davey, (in Samantha’s lingo) you’re the best! There is nothing you can’t do when you want. Love, love, love you.

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