Wednesday, September 3, 2008

 We never really grew up...

...We just own a house and have three kids so we have to pretend that we are grown ups. Here's a little secret - our kids are a good excuse to act how we feel. :)
"We should probably take the kids to the park today, because they would want to go. We may even sacrifice our time and take them to that cute little ice cream place. All for them. Maybe later we'll do the important and responsible grown up stuff that we love to do".
So, this was our labor day. We went for a 10 mile bike ride. Ummmm...about the picture above. Yeah, I did feel like the biggest mommy wimp on a bike ever in light of the fact that Dave had all three boys with him. I found a simple solution to the guilt. Whenever we met someone on the bike trail, I rode several bike lengths ahead of my guys, so they thought that we were not together, therefore avoiding the dirty looks of "that poor guy! His wife makes him do ALL the work!" :) This is how it is - I have not as much as touched my bike for a couple of years. Dave has ridden several times and many miles with the boys this summer. We were actually well matched. For real. I am that out of shape. :) It.felt.amazing!!! I loved riding and I loved the satisfaction of having gone 10 miles! My little toushie is still not so happy with the whole thing - but it can't all be good y'know?! Oh, and that cute little ice cream place? They serve the best peanut butter fudge malt you could ever find. But of course it was all for the kids. I wouldn't know.

14 comments:

MoziEsmé said...

Oh yes - there are benefits to having kids! I have been dying to go to Disneyland and am just waiting for Esme to grow up enough so I can do it FOR HER.

On the bike thing - that is just like my husband and I. He takes my backpack and his and the baby when we are backpacking. It just slows him down a little so I have a little more chance to keep up. And I feel NO guilt. So you shouldn't, either.

Sarah M. said...

Looks like great fun!

Heather said...

I would ride my bike, but I'm pretty sure I've forgotten how. The bikes at the gym don't require balance, and that's the only bike I've ridden in years! My house opens right out on a public street and I don't want to humiliate myself. It looks like you had fun, though!

Amanda said...

i love this post...love it! especially the part about dave riding with ALL the kiddos...when we first got a bike seat back when elizabeth was little she was on MY bike...and everyone always wondered why i couldn't keep up...HMMMM!

Sarah@Life in the Parsonage said...

The sacrifices we make... :)

Smilingsal said...

One day, when you're as old as I am, and you're as confident as I am, you'll walk into a cartoon movie WITHOUT a child! : )

The Bayou Belles and Their Beau said...

How fun. I'd love to start biking. I did take a spinning class for a while that almost killed me. My little, I mean big, bottom was hurtin'.

Blessings From Above said...

You guys seem like such fun parents!!!

Anne Elizabeth said...

I love this post! Robbie and I used to go swing on the swing set before we had kids. Now we can do it without people giving us weird looks;)

I used to ride ALL the time. I haven't ridden in years though. Robbie and I were talking the other day about getting some bikes again.
It looks like you had a lot of fun. We took the kids to a little pool. It was the first time we have taken them swimming this summer and they loved it. I love it when we can spend time together as a family!

dani said...

wendi, i honestly pretend that i have grown up because i don't think it's ever happened:) i have thoroughly enjoyed my second childhood with katherine at my side!!!
enjoy yours, too!!!
love,
dani

mamachristina said...

Yeah I know all about the tooshie thing, we went riding at the lake a couple weeks ago and just thinking about it made my toosh hurt all over again. looks like you had a great time.

kt mac said...

hehe I love this.And that third photo of you up in the play equipment crawling on your hands and knees :)

My dad still says a similar thing too that they are just kids that had kids. They don't know all the answers, or have everything figured out and they still love mucking around and playing and be silly sometimes - and I love that.

jennifer said...

hee, hee! My husband would TOTALLY be pulling the kiddos. I'm athletically challenged.

I'm so amazed that you biked 10 miles. It makes me out-of-breath just thinking about it!

Jackie @ Our Moments Our Memories said...

I am so proud of you! 10 miles? Amazing. :)

We love going to get ice cream with Savannah, too. Although it's all about making memories for HER. Not us. Nope. :)