Garage and bicycles – go hand in hand

Matisse and Alvin want to ride their bikes! All kids love riding bikes(even big kids!). That new found freedom to travel faster that the wind.

Well, when the bike is not working, that puts a damper on those springtime dreams.

After buying the derailleur and fixing the little piece that connects the derailleur and the frame, last week, we can install it.

Matisses bike needed the derailleurs and adjustment of it. But, before getting to that, I realized that the peice connecting the derailleur to the frame had its threads messed up a little. I was going to just try and buy a new one. But, while cleaning the garage a little I ended u p finding my tap and die tool kit. I was able to correct the threads and I was then able to connect the derailleur! MY inheritance from my dearest dad has not served we twice:) Two ore times that I ever thought.

I then proceeded adjust gears and Matisse was good to go!

Alven, on th eother hand, was not so lucky:( WE adjusted the gears! yeah! We installed missing break cable, almost…

There was the screw that was needed on the break system to hold the wire that was missing. The bike store was closed, so Alvin would have to wait a few more days to ride his beloved bicycle… Sorry Alvin:(

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Spring cleaning and planting!

Let’s be honest, who likes spring cleaning? The leftovers from the winters play ground. People tend to drop things and they end up on the ground, no to be seen until the thaw and melting of the spring.

Well, we decided to do a little more cleaning of the yard since company was coming over for Easter celebrations. We walked around and picked up the garbage and through it away, recycled what we could, and composted the rest.

I also had some potatoes that have been around a little too long and either needed composting or planting. If truth be told, I was saving them for planting, so that we could grow a few of our own.

Alvin and Matisse helped move the plant pots to the blueberry garden, and filled them with dirt. They each got three potatoes and a shovel. They both planted their potatoes. Now, the many week caring and waiting until we get some of our own fresh potatoes.

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Swimming lessons!

The joys of water are always underestimated by adults. Kids, for some strange reason, can find hours of fun in the water. Jumping in puddles, running in the rain, and running trough a sprinkler.

Well, Matisse is well on his way to becoming an olympic swimmer(He jumped from the Walrus group to the Dolphins!), Alvin is only taking is first “official” swimming lessons.

His excitement ends when his toes touch the water, and the trembling of chill and mild fear sets in. But, once he calms down, he is able to kind of float on his back and keep his head under water for 5 seconds!

He even, at the last challenge of the day, was able to jump into the water and smile when he floats back up to the surface.

At the end of each lesson, as usual, he is always excitement by the new found skills that he can share with Mom, Manou and his big brother.

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