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Thursday, April 29, 2010

Theme Thursday = Bicycle

" The hardest part about raising a child
is teaching them to ride bicycles.... A shaky child on a bicycle for the first time needs both support and freedom.... The realization that this is what the child will always need... can hit hard."

Sloan Wilson
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photos ~ Taylor's 5th birthday, 7-2-96
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46 comments:

  1. How cute : ) He looks so serious in his helmet. It takes alot of trust for them let you hold on and then let go. And I agree, they never stop needing that "balance".

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  2. And I thought it was potty training!

    (Actually, I learned to hold off on the potty business. It's so much easier if you wait until they're really ready.)

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  3. Martha ~ I tend to agree that potty training is harder! LOL...

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  4. yes it can and does...and realising that sometimes you must let them fall...

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  5. This concept keep happening and happening and then comes around AGAIN! J

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  6. But... Taylor was potty trained before these photos were taken, I hope...!

    I'm so confused. ;-)

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  7. Silver Fox ~ haha...yes, thank goodness. The triplets however...whole different, horrid story! LOL.

    Anyway...love Taylor learning to ride his bike...so much fun and he learned really fast! He thought he was Estrada from CHiPs. :)

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  8. one of the best theme Thursday post,
    I love it!

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  9. Jingle ~ well, thanks...love the quote, too...so very true!

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  10. so precious I can hardly stand it!

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  11. Yup...give them roots and wings! Cute little guy on the bike! :D

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  12. I love looking back at pictures like those... Riding your first bike is such an accomplishment.

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  13. Oh, I'm teaching my boy to ride too. A universal, back breaking experience... and then they are away.. another milestone.. another separation. Enjoyxx

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  14. I've got 7 children, so I remember this experience well. As for me, as a kid, I fell off quite a lot, with injuries to prove it :-)

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  15. This brought back memories of when I learned to bicycle.;)
    xo

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  16. So precious! I love how you took photos in stages, like a little book!

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  17. Nice thoughts and like the lines. Keep in up!

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  18. What sweet memories these photos show! And how very true your words. We never stop worrying, guiding & supporting our children!

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  19. Well said, Betsy. Support and freedom... stays that way as far as I can tell... even when they are blessing you with grandbabies!

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  20. What precious pictures!!!
    From here I would say you have done an excellent job of both, Betsy!

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  21. I love this. There is something bittersweet in the photo where he is riding away. So symbolic of our kids as they grow into independence.

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  22. Julie ~ root and wings...love that!

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  23. Transparentnow ~ yes, that last photo! Awww. Even harder to watch him drive away in his car these days! ha.

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  24. A neighbour taught me. And we didn't have helmets back then...ouch! Taylor looks like he's on for a long ride here :)

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  25. This is how I picture Taylor. When did he grow up?????? Wow!!!!

    Jackie

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  26. Jackie ~ hi there....how nice to see a familiar face here on my comments! ;)

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  27. He looks so determined and not scared at all.

    What quote! It really strikes a chord with me as my son will be an adult soon and we're stuggling with so many issues because of his developmental issues. Have the triplets ever wanted to get their diver's licenses?

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  28. That is sweet. I didn't do TT this week because I couldn't figure out my visuals. And there it is, I had photos of my young sons on their bikes, w/ helmets, for the first time. Dang! I love your photos. I do so miss that age.

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  29. How well I remember that adorable little boy ZIPPING at high speed on that wonderful bicycle!

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  30. and i noticed that all of mine learned at their own pace, and sometimes at vastly different ages...i guess your philosophy is a metaphor for everything.

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  31. Dawn ~ I'm not sure getting their driver's licenses has ever dawned on them. And they are non-verbal, so wouldn't have expressed that to us anyway.

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  32. I don't really remember when the boys learned to ride, but I do remember Rachel learning. She was determined to ride without the training wheels and practiced over and over all day until she could do it. It was then that I realized I had a very feisty little girl.

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  33. Support and freedom?
    How very true.
    A lesson we have to remind ourselves over and over and over . . .

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  34. Heh, heh! Now that the weather is warming up, that's a sight I see often. With nervous parent hovering anxiously just off to the side.

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  35. Support and freedom...what true words for parenting. Love those pictures of Taylor.

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  36. Oh, I do love little boys with bikes! Wonderful quote, too... support and freedom, that is exactly what I needed to read tonight.

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  37. Christian ~ yes, or "roots and wings" as Julie put it...love that, too! :)

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  38. What a cute child! I wonder how our parents felt? We didn't have helmets!

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  39. What a sweet blog... I'm so delighted to find it! I love your funny stories, beautiful photos, and that cookie recipe looks way too good! I'm bookmarking it so I can return often!

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  40. Peg ~ hey, thanks so much! I'll come visit you, too! :)

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  41. Wonderful photos. Thanks for sharing

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