the boys are missing their daddy terribly. he's gone for work all this week and all next week in NC...you know, the two weeks before we leave for china for nearly 2 weeks. uhg. poor daddy. not fun for a guy who loves loves loves to spend time with his kids. it's torture. and for 2 boys who love love love to spend time with their daddy...well, it's torture on this end too.
at the same time, we are thankful. not for the travel schedule of late, but for a job. a great job with an amazing employer. we know the pangs of unemployment. it's rough. so we don't complain. we just miss each other.
yesterday, we ventured just the three of us. i didn't even bother changing them out of their comfy pj's. it was that kind of morning. peaceful. chatty. breezy. and we missed daddy.
me and this little guy were bike buddies.
this guy was leading pack as mr. adventure. when we stopped for lunch, he decided lunch wasn't a priority. i've never seen a peanut butter and blueberry jam sandwich down the hatch quite so quickly.
"lunch is boring."
foster loves to bike. rowan bikes for snacks.
clint found my bike circa 1995 in storage. it has flypaper hand grips. i have no idea why i thought they were so cool back then.
but this little guy thinks they are still awesome. he wants flypaper handgrips and flypaper brake handles.
and then something truly beautiful happened. we came home, and i headed to the backyard with foster to practice with no training wheels in the grass. clint has practiced with him two or three times in the past few weeks, but today, something clicked. something truly amazing. all of the sudden, he could do it! i ran beside him 5 or 6 times, ready to jump in and catch him, but his confidence grew so quickly, before i knew it, he was up and down the driveway 50 times.
it was neccisary to make these:
old socks +
deconstructed uncomfortable knee/elbow pads =
i had planned on an early to bed night...but there's no way i could send my newly un-training wheels kid to bed. so we rode for 2 hours. "i'm so proud of myself mom!" he exclaimed as he came down the driveway. it was delightful watching him ride and ride and ride. at 9:30pm, he collapsed into bed with the biggest smile on his face. "i'm so happy mom! i really love my green bike. and i really miss daddy."