I chose to leave my camera in its cozy nest on Saturday morning when we went for our first family walk of the spring. I know I missed capturing some amazing moments, but I hope they stay clear in my mind for a long time.
The morning was cool, and the girls were excited to wear their Puma track suits. I fixed their hair – braided ponytails for both – and they skipped outside, full of energy. Hubby and I were energetic, too, but we didn’t join the girls when they started to jog.
They took off ahead of us, jogging side by side. How grown-up they looked in their coordinating gear, ponytails swinging as they bounced down the road.
The jogging didn’t last too long, but it gave way to skipping at one point, the girls holding hands.
What a view.
On Sunday, the girls wanted to go for a bike ride. I reluctantly agreed. (The last bike ride wasn’t all the pleasant, with one kiddo tiring out and having to push her bike part-way home.) I reminded the girls of the “rules”…that they aren’t to get too far ahead of me…to stay together…to stay on the side of the road opposite traffic…to stop if a car is coming. They committed to the challenge, so off we went.
Baby A took off first, riding to the top of the first hill to wait on Sissy and me. Once we got closer, she took off again. I encouraged B to catch up to A, and to wait on me at the stop sign. The girls were off! Baby A rode ahead most of the morning, with B following her. I jogged (most of the time) to keep up with them. A few times, I yelled to A to wait on us before embarking on the next leg of the journey.
How adorable it was to see the girls, again from behind, peddling hard and following the rules. At one point I let them go down a dead-end side street (while I rested from the jog!). They were so incredibly cute, talking with each other as they peddled side by side.
We made the full lap through the neighborhood, a solid 2 miles round-trip. Baby A had great stamina to make it up the final big hill without stopping – a very recent feat for her! Baby B was losing steam, but I told her she was responsible for getting home. I was walking, with B alternately peddling and walking her bike behind me.
At that point, I looked up to see A running towards me. She’d ridden her bike home, and she was coming back to help her sissy. My A disappeared over the hill, and then she and B summited together…Baby A reported she gave Sissy two pushes, and from there she jogged alongside as B made the final stretch home.
What a glorious sight!