Took the kids for an Alviso loop today after school. Thursday afternoons are always a toss up with the girls, since they stay up late Wednesday nights. Sometimes Thursday can be ok and then Friday not so much. Ada still takes an occasional nap; Hayley sometimes needs to, but she has a really hard time falling asleep in the middle of the day, so I just try and get the kids to bed early.
Anyways, pics from today!
The road in some sections around where these machines were parked were pretty bumpy with the tire tracks and clumps of dirt, which made for some interesting red chariot pushing!
First of two short snack breaks. Kept it short as I knew we'd be racing the sun at the end.
And this is where things started falling apart. The girls raced down that little bump, and Hayley's chain came off and she lost control of her bike and almost crashed. Thankfully, no crash. I had a wrench and could have fixed it, but I'm not super fast, and I was worried about our daylight consumption. Had Hayley jog with it about 20 feet, then I threw it on top of the jogging stroller--we still had at least 1.5 miles to go.
With about a mile to go Ada broke down and shed some tears, she was done. We had to keep going though. Ada is tough, and she got it done. I asked her at home if she was glad we went out there, and she was. Seems like the girls get a sense of accomplishment from these outings, as well as getting to see the sights and ride their bikes. Good thing Hayley can run as well as bike!
The boys have it so easy in the red chariot, although they now sometimes start to annoy each other with their feet because they have energy. Someday they'll be out on their bikes too, and then who is going to carry the snacks & water? Maybe each kid will use their little backpack or something like that.
When we got back to the parking lot the darkness was closing in, and the site host wheeled over on his bike and said the gate would be closing in a few minutes--he was very nice and held it for us so we could drive out of the parking lot. Didn't know it closed at 6pm, but now I do!
Thankful that my legs felt good for this, that's what 5 days of rest will do; lovely views and good company--overall a good outing.
p.s. On the end part pushing the red chariot with Hayley's wheels on top and coaching Ada, I coined the term "Mom Tough", which is probably already a term or something, but it fit the moment.