Tuesday, August 31, 2010

What's the plan?

Henry: What are we going to do today?
Ryan: I don't know. What do you want to do?
Henry: I want to go to the big, big park that is the one after the small park?
Ryan: You mean the bumpy slide park?
Henry: Yeah.
Ryan: The one where we use the bridge over the highway to get there?
Henry: Yeah.
Ryan: Are you sure you don't want to go to the park where there will be more kids?
Henry: Where?
Ryan: Selby Park will have more kids than bumpy slide park.
Henry: How many?
Ryan: Selby Park will have 10 to 20 kids. Bumpy slide park will only have 1 or 2 kids.
Henry: Selby Park. Will the monkey boy who climbs on the roof be there?
Ryan: Maybe.
Arthur: Selby Park, yeah!
Ryan: How should we go there?
Henry: We should eat breakfast, brush teeth, get dressed, put on crocs and helmets, and get out our bikes.
Ryan: Okay, then what?
Henry: We should go to Selby park, play, come home, eat lunch, take naps, play outside, eat snack, pick up the living room, little bit of video games, and eat dinner with Mommy.
Ryan: Okay, then what?
Henry: Take a bath, brush teeth, read stories, go to bed, get up, breakfast, brush teeth, park...
Ryan: Okay, okay. Let's just eat today's breakfast, then we'll see.

Friday, August 20, 2010

Bike Swap

Henry decided that he too was ready for a new bike. He pulled out the 16" bike I had in the garage for him and said he was ready to ride it. Henry took off on the 16", and we had a nice 2-mile ride to Selby Park this morning.

When we got back, Henry thought it was time for Arthur to learn to pedal. We put the training wheels back on the 12" bike and set up Arthur to spin a bit.

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Thursday, August 19, 2010

Monday, August 16, 2010

Skuut No More

What are the odds that our first ride with the boys' new helmets would result in the demise of the Skuut? This time it wasn't the Skuut's fault.


At the bottom of the fork blades are bolts that keep the plywood compressed against the force of the wheel axel. These bolts fell out a long time ago. For a time, I kept track of them and tightened them up, but then they were lost for good. With these bolts missing, it was only a matter of time before the punishment Arthur dishes out when hitting curbs and walls would result in total failure of the plywood fork.

If these bolts are loose or missing on your wooden balance bike (they all seem to have plywood forks), I recommend replacing them and applying some Loctite Threadlocker (maybe the red).

Sunday, August 1, 2010

Cow Town - TMBG

Featuring the many faces of Arthur and Henry's dance moves.

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One of our favorite songs to rock out with in the living room.