Since we taught Grace how to ride a bike when she was four years old, Joel and I thought that we should start Xavier earlier and so bought him a bike when he just turned two. After some research, we bought him one with a parent handle so we could assist him with steering and also push him, if needed.
Eight months later, Xavier still struggled with the concept of pushing the pedals and steering was a disaster. Since we mostly pushed him, he felt like he needed to do something and consequently moved the handlebars in all sorts of directions. We finally gave up and encouraged him to use his scooter when we went on walks or strolled down to the park.
We then learned about FirstBike. We had heard about balance bikes but, for some reason, didn’t really consider it. After our failed attempt with Xavier, we decided to give FirstBike a try.
Xavier was so excited when he received his new bike. We were able to customise it so it fit his current taste (since it’s always changing!) and so his bike is black and blue (his favourite colours), there is a cute little blue mouse as his bell and a basket for him to place his water bottle and other collectables he found at the park (we never leave the park without flowers and rocks!). Joel and I also liked it because it was lightweight, the frame is a high tech composite (not wood or metal which is prone to rust, splinter or scratch), there were brakes so Xavier could learn how to stop safely and the tyres were high quality.
::Xavier now has a place to put his water bottle! (he previously put it in Grace’s bike basket, which he didn’t like)::
::X man loves the cute mouse bell::
Best of all, it was easy for X man to ride. He surprised us by being able to steer the bike around the driveway, and even move quite quickly. He has also started to balance on it really well and ride down little hills without his feet touching the ground. We think he’ll be able to go onto a proper bike without training wheels after the Summer break because he’s been able to learn this skill on his FirstBike.
::Catching up to Grace::
::Details close up::
It’s always a great feeling to see your child gain confidence in a new skill!
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Here is our belated post on Father’s Day! Grace’s primary teacher encouraged her to write down why she believes her Dad is the best and here are her answers:
My favourite memory of my dad is: him helping me
This is what he ALWAYS says: stop
Here is his favourite thing to eat: [Grace drew a picture of a cake]
My dad’s pockets are full of: wallet, phone and keys
My dad is 15 year’s old
When he comes home from work, he likes to: work on the computer
This makes my dad laugh: my funny faces
I had to laugh at her honest answers. Joel does say ‘stop’ a lot, but mostly to X man as he does something cheeky! I also asked X man why he loves his Daddy and the conversation went something like this:
“Hey X man, why do you love Daddy?”
“Just coz, Mama”
“But why do you love Daddy?”
“I fluffed, mum”
“X man – why do you love Daddy?”
“Hehe… it’s stinky”
I gave up after that.
For gifts, the children both chose a book each (about Dads, of course) which they presented to their Daddy. These books have already been read numerous times! We also got him a Frankie watch from JORD watches and it seems like a hit! I have known Joel for almost 12 years and he has never worn a watch but he recently mentioned that he would like one. He seemed to like my unisex JORD watch because not only is it very light, it is extremely versatile. Since receiving his JORD watch (we let him open this gift early since he was eager to receive it!), not only does it suit him but he’s worn it every day!
So Happy Father’s Day, Joel – we love you very much xx
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We recently visited Jurassic World at Melbourne Museum! It was so well done – the dinosaurs were so realistic! The way they moved, roared, looked.. it was incredible.
After the exhibit (it only goes for 20 minutes), we explored parts of the museum we haven’t really spent much time in. There were extra activities placed around the building, such as colouring stations, ‘touch and feel’ stalls – it was really well planned and thought out. And now for some photos (with some tips at the end)…
- Book online – you can prepay your tickets and bypass the long queues (especially in during the school holidays)
- Organise parking – if you book online, you can save up to 40%. Tickets to the exhibit include entry to the museum and you could easily spend a day in there.
- Consider your children’s ages – X man is almost three and he assured me that he wouldn’t be scared. Once inside, though, despite Grace reiterating that the dinosaurs weren’t real, he was a little scared. Not too scared to cause nightmares at night, but he did cling to me the entire time we were in the exhibit.
If you haven’t already been to see the dinosaurs, we highly recommend it!
We have had the long weekend here in Victoria (thank you, Queen Elizabeth!!) and so today, we decided to take the kids to ride the Teddy Bear picnic train down at Diamond Valley Railway with some friends. Grace and Xavier were so excited to go on the miniature locomotives and since this morning, kept on asking if it was time to go!
Despite difficult parking and a long queue (it was very busy!) the kids were so happy. Rides are only $3 but because of the teddy bear picnic theme, children who brought a teddy (or soft toy… X man brought Sully) were able to ride for free! The volunteers did a great job decorating the trains. They even had little bears placed along the track so the kids loved spotting the two big bears sitting on the benches, the little bears having a tea party and other bears scattered along the way.
Thanks to the team down at Diamond Valley Railway.
You made many little people (and big people!) happy today!