9 Sept 2009

Flipping and cycling

We had a sporty weekend. Thomas and Lady had their jujitsu class after which Lady tried out to join the new competition squad set up by her cheerleading group. Thomas and I watched and she was great. Afterwards one of the coaches I didn't know asked if she'd like to join 2 other squad classes, in tumbling and acrobatics. Hell yeah! She is so keen on her gymnastics and has for ages been hoping that a time may come when she could join a squad. She is very happy and I am proud of her. She will be doing over 7 hours a week of gymnastics and would happily do twice that. Flipping ace!

Gordon got bike racks for the car so we can fit all 5 bikes on and head off to various cycle start points. After lunch we drove to Comber and rode the Greenway into Belfast. It was a beautiful day and there were plenty of other people using the path, causing me to repeat the instruction "keep left" many times, along with old favourites like "slow down Duncan!" and "be careful, don't bump into the people/dog/child" as needed. There are few spots where the cycle path crosses a road so I had to be aware and make sure the boy didn't just ride on out without looking. It went well though. We did have to divert off the path to buy drinks for thirsty children as I'd left our own bottles in the car. But we made it all the way to Belfast.

Our final destination was McD's in a shopping centre. Duncan made another diversion into an electronics shop where he'd previously spied a Sonic PC game. The child never forgets. I allowed him to buy it and then we had to get to the (ahem) restaurant. Gordon and Thomas had gone on ahead (loo emergency) and I couldn't see where to go. Thankfully the curly haired sat nav that is Duncan took the lead. There was a hairy moment when he rode in front of a car pulling out of the carpark, thankfully it was going very slowly but it made me scared for a while and I stuck even closer to him.

We all went in, ordered and ate. Duncan sat and had burger and chips, interspersed with mouth fulls of ice-cream. It was, to use behaviourist speak, very good sitting. Clearly getting him well tired out is the key to family dining in public. He got a bit fed up by the end and shouted a little about something or other, certainly nothing too unusual given the generally high screaming child background noise of our location, but two girls in the booth next to us seemed to find it, to use Thomas's favourite word, fascinating and stared constantly.

The journey back was even easier as there were fewer people on the path. Lady and Thomas were marvellous as always, just got on and had fun. Duncan and I were last back. He was very pleased with himself, telling me that he was the fastest, the strongest and the proudest boy on the bike path! It was all very nice, but my backend hurt!

Next day I was lackadaisically lolling around as is my right on a Sunday when I remembered Lady's acrobatics class. We dashed off in the car, as fast as possible when the car was laden with bikes, and drove to the gymnastics hall. Sadly silly me hadn't looked at the timetable properly and I was at the wrong place. Lady was nervous about the new class and stressed at being so late. We got to the right place and she didn't want to go in at first but thankfully she changed her mind and really enjoyed the more advanced class. I am delighted that she has such a strong interest in a sport and that her persistence and effort is paying off.

As I write, Thomas is practising the splits on my bed wearing his band new leotard and shorts combo and he looks so adorable. He had a haircut on Saturday, had to be done since he'd tried the DIY approach and now it's really short. It suits him though. His gymnastics class is on this afternoon, and after that, Lady's first tumbling class. I'm going to be doing even more mum-taxi jobs than before. It's a good job I don't have the school runs to cope with also or I'd have to move into the car full time.


Anne Corwin said...

Wow I bet you all slept well!

And re. car-parks: eep, those are one of my own Major Hazard Zones. I don't go into them on my own on busy days at all, as I've had too many near-misses with automobiles pulling out and my not noticing until they're practically whacking into me. (Was also actually *hit* by a car as a teenager, but that was in the street -- I walked away with nothing aside from a large bruise luckily, but was definitely more cognizant of 4-lane roads after that!)

[I do occasionally shop "independently" (either I take the bus, walk, or someone drops me off) but only on weekday mornings and other times when it's not liable to be very busy. It's nice to do that once in a while because that way I can actually go as slowly as I need to in the shops in order to actually see what things are.]

And, somewhat off topic but...this past weekend my parents brought over three large boxes of my (and my siblings') old childhood books which they'd been storing in a shed for years. I was thrilled to see these books again as they comprise some of my earliest memories.

Anyway, looking through my old library collection I actually thought of Duncan at one point because it included a few Noddy books! They're little hardcover editions, about 15cm x 21cm. I know there's Noddy and the Bumpy-Dog, Noddy and Mr. Plod, and Noddy and the Tootles, and possibly one or two others. I hadn't seen those in years so it was quite a nostalgia-generating thing to look through those illustrations!

Sharon McDaid said...

His Anne, Duncan is better at judging crossing a road safely than he is in car parks. It's all those cars going every which way and drivers not always looking out for people but focussing on finding spaces. I keep him close by when we're walking in car parks.

How lovely that you still have your old books! And it's funny that the Noddy books reminded you of Duncan. He's having a bit of a Mr Man phase these days, and we found a massive collection of all the stories plus 2 videos in the charity shop yesterday so he's happy!

jazzygal said...

Go Lady! Well done to her, that's great news.

Sounds like like you had a lovely family trip, fair play to you. Not easy to accomplish and road safety comes with practise.
And we need more practise! xx Jazzy

Lisamaree said...

What you up to Sharon? Hope all is well? xx

Venus said...

HI Sharon,
I've linked to you in the honest blog award over at my new nutrition blog, Lemon Trees. :)