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by Shawni

Last week Dave and I decided to get serious about helping Lu with a few things she’s falling behind on:

Riding a bike and tying shoes.

We’ve let those things slip a bit in the whirlwind of moving and house selling activity around here.

So we made a deal that Dave would work with her on bike riding and I would work with her on shoe tying, button-upping, and zippers.  We’d each do our part for ten minutes each day.  If I forgot or didn’t do it Id owe Dave a fifteen minute back rub that night.  And if he forgot he’d do the same for me.

We set up the plan with Lucy and got going.

We both held up our end of the bargain, but Dave was a little more successful:

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I PROMISE we are faithful with bike helmets but the one day Elle videoed they must not have been able to find that darn thing.  
But I still had to share.  We are so excited around here for our newest bike rider!!  It’s been a lot of years in coming.  Thanks all you wonderful readers who sent in suggestions…they all made a big difference! 
Go Lucy!  (And Go Dave too…although I would have loved a back rub…HA! 🙂

14 comments

Aubrey May 14, 2014 - 4:57 pm

So funny…my husband and I had the same deal with our 6 YO over Christmas Break (he was supposed to finally teach him to ride the bike he got for Christmas LAST year & I was supposed to teach him to tie his shoes). Somehow I ended up doing both?? We definitely should have made a back rub part of the deal 😉

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green May 14, 2014 - 5:08 pm

Could you link to the how to teach to ride a bike suggestions etc? Thanks!

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Tiffany May 14, 2014 - 5:31 pm

In the next day or two I'm hoping to buy a new bike for my turning-8-years-old this weekend little girlie (who doesn't like the color pink!) and I would SO love to know where you got Lucy's bike! My daughter would be in love with that one and I've been on the hunt! If you have a second I'd love to know. Thank you!!! 🙂

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jessica kiehn May 14, 2014 - 6:16 pm

The back rub deal, the running dad, the new bike rider, the sweet big sister. Sigh. This is all so wonderful!

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Bomb in A Birdcage May 14, 2014 - 6:32 pm

My daughter (3 1/2) saw Lucy's sneakers and said, very excitedly, "MOMMY ME AND THAT GIRL HAVE THE SAME SHOES!"

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Sarah May 14, 2014 - 8:05 pm

wow! way to go Lucy!!

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shannon May 14, 2014 - 10:18 pm

Good catch Dave!!

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dresselfamily.blogspot.com May 14, 2014 - 11:07 pm

love this!!!
ps, have you sold your home yet?

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Curtis and Whitney Giles May 15, 2014 - 4:19 am

We are working on bike rising around here too! Way to be Lucy!

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Ashby May 15, 2014 - 8:51 pm

Hooray for Lucy!!! How exciting!

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Eyrealm May 15, 2014 - 10:44 pm

So happy about this. She's got it! Go Lucy. Go Dave!

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Cindy May 16, 2014 - 3:28 pm

Shoe tying was really hard for one of my preemies. (11 weeks early, so there are some real issues.) We found this much easier than a traditional tying method:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CWl2dPfBQPk

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Saren Loosli May 16, 2014 - 3:50 pm

So fun to see Lucy in action! What a bike rider!

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Elaine May 19, 2014 - 12:50 pm

We had good luck putting in two different color laces to help with learning to tie. It is easier to talk them through it by saying the color of the lace versus the one in the right or left hand.

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