Friday, August 12, 2011

I Don't Remember...

I don't remember it being hard to learn to ride a bike...
This will be the summer that I remember as
"Annie learning to ride a bike summer."
We have been trying to teach her for years. 
YEARS! 
She is on her third brand-new bike,
she keeps outgrowing them before she can ride them.
She is seven.
I keep thinking she will learn...
It is more fun to hit your head on a brick wall
than to teach her to ride a bike.

When I say she has learned, I mean,
she can go forward without training wheels.
She loves it.
She goes zooming around one handle bar with streamers,
as the other was chopped off by her brother,
(causing many tears).

I should feel good now
but I am scared.

She hits parked cars.
Parked!
"WATCH OUT CAR!"
Don't feel bad little car...if she misses you this time,
she'll get you next time.

She drives down the middle of the road.
I only let her go to the mailbox & back (two houses away)
& I hold my breath until she returns safely.
"Get to the side!!!!"
"I AM!"

If we have a car in our driveway...
She will hit it,
probably twice.
If I am sitting in a chair on the driveway.
She will hit me,
probably twice.

Kelly: I'm going to take her for a bike ride.
Me:    No!  She is terrible!  Take her to a bike path.
          She hits parked cars.
Kelly: (Smiles) No, she doesn't.
Me:   Annie! Come here!  Do you hit every parked
         car you pass when you ride your bike?
Annie:  No, not every car.  Most of them, but I missed
         that one today.

She was serious.

We took her to a bike path.
I stayed behind with Roo in the stroller
& Rocco on his scooter.

When we met up, Kel said, "She's horrible!"
I chuckled, "Why?"
"Everytime a person comes by she barrels down the middle
& yells, "WATCH OUT!!!!"

Yesterday, when I was sitting out front watching the kids she slammed in to the garage door.
How can you not see a garage door?!

I just don't remember it being hard.
So, she learned to ride her bike
....now if I can get her to steer & stop,
it will be a miracle.

I'll have to put my biker hopes on Batman.

54 comments:

Chrissy Bee said...

Tell Annie that I'm not laughing AT her... I'm laughing WITH her! :)

I'm glad she's learning how to ride! I recall it being tricky for one of my nephews. I guess some people just don't take to it the way the rest of the world does.

Diana Shearer said...

This is the funniest post ever! I showed it to my husband and we both laughed so hard. Annie is adorable. Our seven year old Emily is experiencing the same thing. It's taking forever to teach her to turn, stop, watch where she's going ... etc. She loves to go down hill and crash into things and fall over. She laughs and laughs ... What a funny age it is. Our 12 year old and our 24 year old aren't nearly as determined as these little 7 year olds are. Thanks so much for sharing this Libbie! I enjoyed it more than I can say!!!
xxoo

It's me said...

Owww my o my.........happy weekend....love from me....xxx...

Karen said...

Oh, I laughed out loud. Libbie that's just adorable! My son crashed into parked cars. It's like wherever they are looking, that's where they go! Oh, and the sea-party, I want to come to one of your wonderful affairs! :)

MS/AC Fan said...

She is counterbalancing doing everything else so early :)

Susan said...

Oh, Libbie, I'm laughing out loud and my eyes are watering! SO FUNNY! We have videos of my oldest learning to ride her bike. She kept tipping over!!! I read this post her and she said, "BIG 'ups' for sticking with it!" :) Thank you for posting this! I'm still smiling!
Blessings!
PS Go Annie! And NEVER forget to wear your helmet! :)

Little Penpen said...

Go ANNIE!!! Ii laughed all the way through this post! We had the same experience with the riding lawnmower at our house. My daughter ran over the puppy's pen, into the back of my daddy's truck causing repairable damage... she is grown up now and a great driver! :o)

koralee said...

Such special moments my sweet friend...Way to go Annie! xoxoxo

Happy weekend.

T's Daily Treasures said...

Well, at least she has a great smile! Ha!

When I was her age, I decided to do the "look mom, no hands" thing as I was going down the pebbled road in front of our house. As I was going down the hill, I hit a loose pebble, flipped and went skidding across the road. Wound up with scrapes from head to toe.

She'll get the hang of it sooner or later.

My almost 16 year old will be needing driving lessons soon ... and that really worries me! I hope he doesn't run into parked cars. Ha!

Best wishes, Tammy

Gracefully Vintage said...

So Sweet..Thanks for Sharing such sweet memories of childhood & parenthood..
Karryann

-stephanie- said...

I didn't think it was that hard either to learn. My oldest was 7 and my youngest is almost 7 and still has training wheels. Good grief. This post cracked me up. Bet you're looking forward to her driving a car. :-O

Jo said...

Aww, hahaha, I don't remember it being that difficult either. The whole post made me laugh. Hopefully she will get better at not hitting cars... or people, soon. :-)

smilernpb said...

I love the post. You can tell Annie, that as a nearly 31 year old, I am larning to ride a bike also. I am not good. But I don't hit parked cars. I just panic whenever people are near me and end up putting my feet down. B and M are trying to teach me how to go down hills - i.e. not pedalling and B is threatening to teach me how to go down and up kerbs....I fear it will be a long summer. However we do have the Brontemobile - check out this post: http://smilernpb-smilernpb.blogspot.com/2011/08/brontemobile.html

Hugs xo

clau said...

Annie is wonderful and yes , she 's growing up ever day more , I'm sure she will be a beautiful princess,love her pictures to ride her bicycle!
Xoxo

Mom said...

Why are you surprised a person would hit a garage door?? Should I post a pic of our garage door?? She's just like her mom only it wasn't a bike in our case! Oops, I wouldn't tell on you but since we're talking of daughters.

Ginger said...

I am really glad I read this post. Lillian is five and has a bike with training wheels still, but is so afraid to even ride her bike. I am hoping she eventually becomes comfortable enough to enjoy it!

pollydove said...

Ha ha ha ha!!! Oh this is too funny! Poor little Annie, ya gotta feel bad for her at the same time though, right? She will get it ... and then she'll never forget it! ;)

Martina said...

So sweet Libbie - your kids are the cutest on thre block - or in blogland? Cheers to many more rides!

Cassie said...

This totally cracked me up. lol. The second to the last picture of your darling girl says it all. Watch out cars! lol

Hope you are well, Libbie!

Theresa said...

That's not fair mom... get her a bike with brakes so you can stop worrying (and laughing at her)! OH Annie, stay the course, literally, you will get the hang of it and one day be riding circles around mom!
I love that she is such a girly girl and wears a skirt to learn to ride her bike :) I also noticed that you must have bought stock in helmets cuz she went from pink/red to black in the same post!
Hope all is well LIb! t. xooxoxoxoxoxo

Busy as a Bee in Paris said...

so cute! i still remember teaching my daughter to ride her bike with no training wheels a couple of summers ago! it was magic! very cute blog and darling children! bisous xoxo

Can do mom said...

Oh Libbie, Annie looks so adorable on her bike! I won't be parking my car in your neighborhood although I've got a daughter learning to drive and let me tell you, that puts everything in perspective! It's one thing to run into parked cars on a bike and quite another when they grow up and get behind the wheel! Slightly nervewracking, I must admit...

Still, I managed to teach one girl to drive and I'm sure I can do it with another... Speaking of my eldest, she started college yesterday. Sigh - the day will come when you wish for these days of busyness and chaos to return. I've got a sweet photo on my latest blog post of her and her special someone. When/if you have time, take a look and imagine Annie in about 12 years or so... I'm not kidding, it really happens! Handsome, courageous young men somehow manage to win our daughters' hearts!

Monica said...

Very funny!! She will get it soon enough though.

AJ said...

I love "Don't worry little car, she'll get you next time" :)

Grandma Yellow Hair said...

LOL
I could of sworn I commented already on these pictures of sweet Annie riding her bike. I guess this ole grandma is loosing it.
Anyway she is just tooooo adorable going down the street with that little skirt flying in the wind. I can just see the happiness all over her beautiful face.
Makes me want to be there so bad.
Hope all is well I am looking forward to some school shots.
Love
Maggie

m.e (Cathie) said...

this post is so funny! i love the look on her face. way to go Annie!
aidan does the same...not the cars, but the funny stopping thing. it is very funny yet a little frustrating too.

ahh, this post will be one she'll read and lauh about in many years.

big hugs lovely friend, have missed you ♥

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