It is summer break so we are riding bikes. Is there anything more appropriate? We are making a conscious decision to ride bikes a lot this summer. It is not that Meg and Clare haven't had bicycles and tricycles in the past. But when we lived in a high rise and I had two small children, it was too difficult to safely haul two bikes and two children to street level. We rode bikes sometimes but not a lot. Last year I was pregnant and it was super hot so biking was not a priority. This year will be different!
Just before Easter I bought the girls new bikes that were the correct size. During Easter break everyone in the extended family worked with Clare to teach her how to pedal (it was not intuitive for her which was a constant source of frustration when she tried riding). She got the hang of it but once we were back to school and our normal schedule, we again had trouble getting on our bikes.
So with the start of summer break we are at a playground near our house that has a small paved bike circle. We'll work on biking skills here for awhile until the girls build up their skills and leg muscles enough to handle the small hills near our house. I am hoping in a short time we'll be able to put Baby Anne in the stroller and let the girls ride their bikes on walks around the neighborhood. How lovely would that be.