One the many things I love about living in our particular location are family bike rides. From our house we hop on a trail, cross only one busy street, and find ourselves at largest park in town, which connects to our elementary school. As far as quality of life goes, I don't think it can be beat.
Following my first grader to school, watching him practice riding without hands, witnessing his comfort and confidence on his bike...these are memories that have become so deeply embedded that I'll always remember these precious mornings. After school, when the weather is fine*, we stop at the park, play in the little pond, have a snack, discuss the day.
My preschooler is learning to ride his own bike, and loves the trail-behind option we've introduced to our family rides. His enthusiam for teamwork! and constant thank you for my new bike! are just as rewarding as his newfound confidence and love of riding.
When my husband surprised me with my jazzy bike, my first words were, "It has a basket!" But that wire basket, riding along a bumpy rock trail, is noisy. For years I've imagined dressing it up (instead of just buying a very European looking wicker replacement.) Just before school started, I created this liner with red cotton and a cheery daisy print. There is a special pocket for my iPhone, another buttoned pocket for my journal, a hook for my key chain, and plenty of room for water bottles, apples, and my trusty pocket knife. I even covered a little bungee cord (forever called "bumble bee catchers" in our home) with the daisy print to keep the entire contraption secure.
It's one of those things that makes me happy every time I see it. Just like freshly painted orange toe nails, boys wandering around in bike helmets, and ripe tomatoes on the vine.
* Unfortunately, local wildfires have temporarily stopped our rides to school. I pray that rain will come to dampen the fire and clear the air so our outdoor activities can resume before summer takes its last breath.