Well, he won't be competing in the Tour de France anytime soon, but Aiden has finally mastered the art of riding his bike. Last night, just as we were going in for the night, our neighbors invited us out to play. Aiden had been dying to play with his buddy, Trent, all day, and Trent had been cooped up in a car all day, so I relented and told Aiden he could stay out and play for another 30 minutes. I walked over to chat with Trent's parents, Neil and Kelly, and 30 minutes turned into 3 hours!
Aiden had dragged his old bike out of the garage while we were outside, wanting to ride along with Trent. Brad and I had just removed Aiden's training wheels about 2 weeks before his bike was packed up by the movers, back in May, and although he'd sort of gotten the concept, he wasn't exactly riding on his own at that point. Last night, he climbed on his bike and was giving it a try, but he kept getting frustrated--over the summer, Aiden had outgrown his old bike, and he just couldn't get going on it. Neil pulled out Trent's old bike out of their garage (Trent is 7 and a good head taller than Aiden), adjusted it to fit Aiden, put him on and gave him one solid push--and Aiden was off and riding! He struggled a bit with turning at first, and was having some issues with stopping (let's just say Aiden would rather bail out than use the brakes), but by the end of the night, he and Neil and Trent went on a moonlit bike ride around the block, and Aiden made it no problem.
We were all having such a good time talking and watching the boys play that we lost track of time, and before I knew it, it was 11:30! But what a fun night it had been. The boys were on "night patrol" and riding outside shirtless (they thought they were big stuff). The grown-ups were enjoying an evening of good conversation (a rarity for me these days!). It was a fun summer evening, and although we were a bit tired this morning, it was worth it.
I can't believe how big my little guy is getting. In the 1st grade, riding a bike without training wheels, zooming all over the neighborhood on his scooter. He is is growing up so fast--it seems like just yesterday, I was bringing him home from the hospital. Time flies, doesn't it?!
Here's a video I took this morning of Aiden riding: