Biker Chick

On Friday Skylar and I went to another bike shop.  I had previously looked at this bike on Thursday but didn’t want to buy the first thing I saw, and I’m glad we shopped around.

Because when Skylar laid eyes on this bike it was a done deal.

It’s her Christmas present from her Grandpa & Grandma and she loves it!


Basket, bell, and white padding on the handle bars, and a pink frame had her name written all over it.  We’ll have to mack it out with some pink streamers.

We got her a helmet.

And now she’s ready to give Lance Armstrong a run for his money.

We do our holiday gifts a little earlier because we’re traveling in December.  This way she’ll get to ride her bikes for a couple weeks yet before we leave.

I’m also glad I went bike shopping when I did because about twenty minutes after we walked in the door and were wrapping up our purchase, another four year old girl and her dad came in and bought the other pink and white bike they had assembled in the store.  And other stores that I called were sold out of kids bikes.  I guess there’s a a big pre-Christmas rush going on with kiddie bikes.  Who knew.

Being that it’s the weekend, it’s time for coffee.  (x2 because weekends mean extra)

And one of these Krispy Kreme donuts Baked Vanilla Donuts with Vanilla Glaze


The winner of the Natural Energy & Protein Drinks Giveaway is:

Savannah @ Sweet and Savvy November 10, 2011 at 1:17 pm

“I incorporate protein in my diet mainly through dairy products and eggs, and on occasion, lean, organic meats. I also eat a good bit of protein powder. I’d love to try these natural drinks! “:)

Congrats, Savannah!


1. Do you remember getting your first bike as a child?  Riding bikes with your friends?

I do and it was a pink Schwinn, with streamers, a basket, and a long “banana” seat that was white with pink and yellow flowers on it.

The bike was from my grandma and grandpa for my fifth birthday.  Skylar is going to be five in February so it’s quite serendipitous that history is closely repeating itself with a pink bike from her grandma and grandpa.

I also remember riding my bike with my friends absolutely everywhere.  We didn’t wear helmets, we didn’t carry phones (we had a rotary phone in my house!), we rode bikes after dark and we survived and bike riding is among some of my fondest childhood memories.

We rode bikes in the neighborhood, to the local pool in the summer and then to Dairy Queen and nothing tastes so good as a Heath Bar Blizzard after a summer afternoon at the pool and then a fairly long and hot bike ride to DQ when you’re 9 years old.

My friends and I biked to each others’ houses, to school, to football games, to dentist appointments, to volleyball practice; our parents sent us off on our bikes and we figured it out and got where we needed to be

Growing up in a very small, rural Minnesota town in the 80s is a far cry from urban San Diego today.  Or probably anywhere.

As a parent, I can’t imagine just letting Skylar get on her bike and…go.  Obviously that wouldn’t happen now anyway because she’s not even five years old, but when she was older, I still can’t imagine it.  The world is a very different place these days and kids today don’t grow up the same way that my friends and I grew up, but I truly cherish my bike-riding days and carefree childhood.  Such fond memories for me

2. Exciting weekend plans?

Cooking, baking, and bike riding I’m sure will top the list over here.

Have a good one!

50 comments on “Biker Chick”

  1. I love Skylar´s bike!!
    I clearly remember my first one, it was a ´Pumuckl´bike. We were about to go for a vacation when I was 4 years old and my dad told me that I couldn´t bring my training wheels (they honestly didn´t fit), just the bike and said, as I needed the extra wheels, I might not bring my bike at all. I immediately went outside for a ride with my family, while my dad was loading the car and took it off without the training wheels!! My parents could not believe it :)

  2. OK…I may be showing my ignorance here, but how do I find your recipe for Vegan Sweet Ginger-Lime-Cumin Dipping Sauce? I just made the Taco meat for a potluck tomorrow and just realized I didn’t copy down the dipping sauce, which sounds like it would go perfect with the taco “meat”? Thanks if you have time to answer me. Love ya either way!

  3. Got it…Thank you so much!!!!!!!

  4. That sounds like a good giveaway! Have you tried Greens 8000? I’m doing a giveaway of it right now ( ) and it’s so yummy – plus it’s loaded with antioxidants and sneaks some veggies in under Stevia-sweetend chocolate shake flavor. :)

    The donut is so pretty. I’m always amazed when people can make things I don’t even like (like Okra, donuts, coffee, etc.) look tasty – I want to learn how to do that!

  5. Wow! And Skylar has the outfit to match the bike!

  6. Ahh, I’m excited for Skylar to ride her bike! My niece turns 3 next weekend and I am keeping her today. Her Daddy is putting her nike and trampoline together for her bday party next weekend!!! I sooo remember my 1st bike. I rode it probably 10miles a day during the summer when I was 10. I’d ride it to my friends house, my mamaws house and, up to my uncles house to go zooming down the big hill. I lived in a “hollow” so it was all back roads and pretty safe. However, there is no way in this world I would let my child go anywhere alone. Times and people are different than they used to be. I’m 27 and it amazes me how different things re now than when I was a kid. P.S. I am dying to make those donuts. My mom got me a donut maker a couple months ago(yes, she stills buys us all kinds of presents even though I’m grown,haha). I thought I’d forget about it, but I can’t wait to use it!!!

  7. Such a cutie in her helmet! My first bike was a pink and purple Huffy with streamers coming out of the handlebars. I wasn’t much of a girly girl but I still loved it!

  8. Congrats on the new bike!! My little gal has a baby blue version. Best thing on the planet when you are a kid. My daughter is after me to get one too…one day.

  9. I definitely remember getting my first bike, and my first “big girl” bike. I was riding around Canadian Tire on it, and my parents spotted me in the toy aisle on the bike, and thought it was just too cute.

  10. I love the excitement so evident in Skylar’s eyes!! :)

  11. My daughter is about to be 4 and on her second bike now. All the neighborhood kids ride bikes around so of course she joined in early! She doesn’t use training wheels, which always gets comments at the park. I guess a 3 year old is young for no trainers!

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