In yesterday’s post I alluded to another little surprise we had hiding up our sleeves…The life-changing Big Mac Adventure was not the final destination of the day. Our real purpose for loading the kids up was to head to REI for new bikes. As a large family we have relied on used bikes and hand-me-down bikes…something I love.
Boaz and Tucker circa 2008
I am absolutely thrifty by nature and we don’t consider a brand new shiny bike a necessity or birthright. But a few of the kids needed bikes and we wanted hearty bikes that could be used the trails because we live in the beautiful Pacific Northwest…Also, did I mention we live in a valley…on a hill? When we go for a walk or bike ride it literally is uphill both ways….it’s a matter of choosing your poison, because the walk or ride home will be uphill.
As soon as we arrived the kids made new friends. They do get out of the house once in a while I promise….and isn’t the school supposed to be socializing them anyway?
This guy didn’t get a new bike. His balance bike is still serving him well.
REI was having some great sales…but the places was swamped and it took For. Ev. Er. to get the bikes selected and purchased.
So things got a little crazy…
During this time of patiently waiting I had about seventeen different sales people ask if we needed help with anything. Um, nope. Chuck was busy buying half their stock of bicycles and the kids were respectful of the tent we were hanging out in…It was all good.
Jubilee’s face just after she told me she was never going to smile again…
She hasn’t kept her word. Just so you know.
Three weeks, fifteen thousand hours and a million dollars after entering the store, bikes were bought, bills were paid and we headed home.
Here’s to a summer full of adventure!
The kids still have two weeks of school yet…then it is SUMMER VACATION!
Are your kids out or do they still have a few more days or weeks?