Wednesday, July 22, 2009

Wordless Wednesday.



Shawn brought a lens home tonight for me to try on my camera. You can see the hilarity that ensued while I was testing it. The glasses are Shawn's, which were knocked off during some sort of a superman stunt. Sadly, with Alivia's large head, they don't even look too big on her!

Tuesday, July 21, 2009

The Bike Lesson.

Did you ever read the Bernstein Bears book "The Bike Lesson?" It was one of my families favorite books growing up. In fact, my parents actually still have it and my Dad and Alivia read it together a few weeks ago. In the book, Papa Bear is trying to teach Brother Bear how to ride a bike. He keeps telling him different rules of riding a bike, and then showing him how to do it. However, Papa Bear keeps doing the exact opposite of his rules and ends up falling over, riding too fast, etc... We used to laugh and laugh at that book! Thinking back, I don't know if it was actually that funny or if it was just funny because my Dad thought it was hysterical.

This week we had our very own version of "The Bike Lesson." I think we've decided that teaching a child to ride a bike is one of those instances in which you wish you had a handbook. Maybe they do have one? Teaching your child to ride a bike for dummies? Well anyway, without further ado I give you:

video

So, at 5 years old she's officially on her way to having a mode of transportation to run away from home. Do kids still say they're going to do that? Maybe not, I know Hillary and I thought about it a few times, and the bike was always going to be our transportation! We'll see...

Sunday, July 19, 2009

No Sweaters Please.

As someone who has had a gym membership for the past 3 years I have a growing list of suggestions I would like to make for rules that should be established. For instance, no farting on the cardio machines; and if you do fart, please don't try to pretend like it wasn't you. Another rule might be, no grunting on the weight machines, unless you're lifting over 500 pounds.

I realized while watching Shawn and the girls swim today that there would need to be a separate list just for the pool area. This is what I have so far, and please feel free to add your own suggestions:

  • No sweaters. By this I mean, any man (or woman?) whose chest and back are 50% or more covered with hair, please refrain from using the pool. Or, if you choose to swim, please wear a wetsuit.
  • No pure white bathing suits. I see this every time we go to the pool, the worst violation was an 80 year old man wearing 50 year old white swim trunks with no liner.
  • No speedos, no explanation needed.
  • Please refrain from bringing purses, cell phones, or books to the hot tub. Who knew this even needed to be a rule, but I saw one woman today with ALL three of these things!
  • If you're going to use the designated lap swim lanes, please actually know how to swim laps, don't just get in there and flop around like it's your first time in a pool.
  • Please buy and wear a bathing suit that's actually your size. I understand that women want to wear bikinis, but sometimes not everyone wants to watch you test the powers of spandex and lycra technology.