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falling

I’ve mentioned before that I don’t like fall, as it is the gateway drug to winter. But, in keeping with my desire for positivity, here are a couple other things I am looking forward to:

• using the oven
• wearing pants
• and hoodies (or, bunny hugs, as the locals say)(the locals are weird)
sleeping under blankets
• SCHOOL (yes, that deserves all caps)
• quiet nap times that do not require 482 rounds of BE QUIET! THE BABIES ARE SLEEPING!

The things I am dreading the most:

• school day mornings (and having to rush the girls no matter how early they got up)(we’ve got a strict NO TV TILL YOU ARE COMPLETELY READY rule, but they always “forget” something. even if I’ve told that thing to them three seconds earlier. I’m working on a list for each of them.)
• driving (it’s about 60km/day, which takes me 1.5-2 hours)(and that’s if nobody forgets anything)

I hate driving. I especially hate driving in Saskatoon. Saskatoon has the worst drivers. I get cut-off constantly. Nobody lets you merge. People block intersections. Red lights are run nearly every time. AND GET OFF YOUR &#%$* CELL PHONE! There is a ME FIRST mentality in every Saskatoon driver and it is SO FRUSTRATING to drive in this city. Not to mention dangerous. I’m in a near-accident every day AND I HATE DRIVING IN THIS CITY. (I am a perfect driver, in case you didn’t know. I’ve taken the driver safety course twice.)(They made me take it, but that is beside the point.)

So. There’s not much I can do about school day mornings (besides doing a few things the night before, like clothes and lunches)(or, you know, I could homeschool, and not have to leave the house every day, but HAHAHAHA! that is so not going to happen)(although I did consider it at one point last year when Kaylie was really struggling with some jerky girls, but it is so not right for our family right now), but there is something I can do about the driving. I can not drive.

I worked for quite a few years at a bike shop, and while I was there acquired some toys. With those toys, my original boss taught me to build a train.

Train. (bike + trail-a-bike + chariot)

He did so well! Didn't make a single peep the entire 25-minute ride.

This one did well, too. We went over some bumps, though, and she yelled, "THIS IS NOT FUN!"

I took the younger two on a ride to the in-laws’ place this past Sunday. I’d put Preston’s helmet on him during the day so that he could get used to it (and therefore hopefully not take it off). He did really well and didn’t make a single peep the entire time. Liliana did well, too. Just a bit of whining, which was okay, since it was a 25-minute ride, and my legs were sore, too.

But we got to see Mr. Todd, so it was all good. We hadn’t seen him since the day I was due with Preston.

Mr Todd on the prairie.

Chick magnet.

Since Kaylie was at a friend’s place on Sunday and missed the ride (she and Noah drove), we went out again earlier this week.

Pulling these two sure is a great workout. Wowza.

Professional.

I decided to step it up a notch yesterday and put both babies in the Chariot. Because I am insane.

First ride with both babies in the Chariot (plus Liliana on the trail-a-bike). My legs are ACHING.

My plan is to bike the kids to school at least a few days a week. It’s a 6km/4mi hike (each way), but I’m sure we can do it. Anything, even jelly legs, is better than driving.

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  • Darci Friday, August 24, 2012, 11:15 am

    That sounds like a great way to build those leg muscles and avoid crazy drivers! Plus all the fresh air:-)

  • Meg Friday, August 24, 2012, 3:18 pm

    I love the idea of biking a couple times a week :)
    And don’t forget, fall means I’m closer!

  • Kami Friday, August 24, 2012, 10:22 pm

    I think any way you can avoid driving in Saskatoon is a good idea!

    And your legs will be solid as trees :)

  • Angella Sunday, August 26, 2012, 12:40 pm

    Way to go, YOU. I took the kids in our chariot ONCE and almost died. :)

  • jennifer glen Sunday, August 26, 2012, 7:26 pm

    Wow! You are ambitious! I’m impressed! How hard is it to bike with all that weight behind you? And turning? How difficult is that? Good thing there isn’t a lot of huge hills in S’toon!

    • mrswilson Monday, August 27, 2012, 8:45 am

      It’s difficult at first, but Liliana helps with the pedaling. :) Turning isn’t too difficult, I just need to be careful turning sharp corners. And yea, there aren’t too many hills, but there are a lot of little ones between our house and the girls’ school and they nearly kill me!