Afternoon Bike Ride

Because I am vehemently opposed to letting my sons sit in front of the television playing Super Mario Bros. on the Wii all afternoon, I enforce exercise time after school.  Monday’s choice was a bike ride up to the library park then over to the elementary school playground.

Did you notice that the new driveway is finally done?!  J finished it off by brushing fine sand into the cracks and parked the boat on Sunday!  We’re so happy to have that project complete!

Monday was one of those days that Central Florida is famous for- sunny and mild with a cool breeze.  It was wonderful!  I decided to bring my camera along for fun.

How else could I show you a caution sign that you’d probably never see in… say…  Iowa?

We rode the huge loop around the soccer fields and stopped to do a few push-ups…

… and sit-ups.

Wildman wanted his picture taken with me which prompted me to consider changing my Facebook profile photo.

But before I could take a good self-portrait the boys had decided that they wanted to ride over to Wildman’s school playground.

We made it to our destination with little to no arguing over who was going to be in the lead.  That was a huge bonus for me because those two can argue like angry old men over it for what seems like forever until one is left in tears.

It’s great.

Real great.

Anyway, no arguing and no tears for that leg of our trip!  When we arrived Wildman immediately showed me his new skills on the swinging-handle style monkey bars.  He’s gotten so good!

Of course Cutie Pie wanted to give it a go.  Wildman insisted on taking a photo of me helping Cutie Pie across.

We hung out a little longer (pun intended).

While the kids tried to hunt up the biggest stick they could find, I attempted a new Facebook profile picture (such an interesting life I lead).  Not sure which one I like though.

We rode home with just enough daylight left to play catch with our neighbor across the street.  A good non-Wii afternoon, indeed!


New Driveway Part 2

Our hero pool designer/builder showed up to help us excavate for our new driveway on Sunday.  Thank goodness he was willing to lend a hand because it would have taken J all day with a shovel and a wheelbarrow.

Needless to say, the kids were impressed…

New Driveway Part 1

This weekend was full of manly fun in the form of breaking ground on our new driveway. We need a place to park the boat.  Parking it on the grass isn’t working out very well.  It’s so heavy that it sinks into the ground and is very difficult to move.

Big Red loaned us his sod cutter which he tells the kids is actually a candy cane maker.  I don’t know where he comes up with this stuff but the boys are fascinated.  They are expecting a fresh batch of candy canes any day now.

J and his friend, Ricardo, spent most of Saturday cutting sod and hauling it off to the landfill.

The side yard was completely bald by the end of the day.

Sunday was spent excavating 6″ of dirt, leveling a hill in the front yard, relocating a palm tree and reconfiguring a landscape island.  Things got real interesting when they guy who built our pool showed up with his Bobcat!  I’ll be uploading those photos soon.

It is never a dull moment around here.  Once again we are the spectacle of the neighborhood…