Monday, October 22, 2012

A quick note about bike riding

Chase learned to ride her bike yesterday.  It was an amazing day.  Not just because she learned to ride her bike, but because she was taught by her father, and there were no tears, no scrapes and so many smiles.

I learn more about Chase every day.  She is a perfectionist.  She expects to get everything right the first time.  She gets frustrated easily.  She gets discouraged and shuts down quickly.  And so while she is incredibly clever, and learns quickly, we have to tell her time and again that her best effort counts more than her (immediate) success.

And so that is why yesterday was such an important day, and why I am so very proud of her.  Bike riding is not easy.  But she did not cry.  She did not shut down.  She did not get discouraged.  She stayed focused and gave it her best effort.  And her hard work paid off.

And I'm proud of Hubs, too, for keeping his cool and making it fun.

My little astronauts

A custom rocket, back by popular demand.  Amazing to watch them play.  Chase made a very complex map with all kinds of adventures on it and they've packed their rocket to make sure they have enough things (like lassos) to help them fight aliens.  They play so very well together.

Photo: My little astronauts