Sunday, September 18, 2011

"and away she goes..."

"I'll tell you what I think of bicycling. I think it has done more to emancipate women than any one thing in the world. I rejoice every time I see a woman ride by on a bike. It gives her a feeling of self-reliance and independence the moment she takes her seat; and away she goes..."
- Susan B. Anthony 1896

We woke up early on Saturday morning for a charity 5k.  I left early...early to help set up the course.  Danny brought the girls for the starting time.  They arrived in casual clothes ready to run.  I should say...Ellie and Danny were ready to run and Kate and Sophie were excited to ride in the double wide jogger.  Kate was surprised to see a blow up house and lots of friends and people.  Ellie loved the bagels and fruit after the run...and Sophie loves any kind of party.  They all ran at least some of it while I helped stock the food table.  It was a really fun way to start our weekend.
The girls were geared up for more physical activity.  They would head outside whenever they heard any rumblings of cleaning the house.  Danny was cleaning cars outside.  The girls grabbed their bikes to ride in front of the house.  Sophie was tired of the limitations training wheels offer her.  She asked Danny to set her up on a two wheeler.  He had taken her pedals off a few weeks ago to help her scoot and balance.  She decided she was ready.  The pedals were on and SHE DID IT!  She taught herself to ride her bike.  She was SO HAPPY and we were all (even her sisters) cheering her on!


Shauna said...

GO SOPHIE!!! I love the quote from Susan B. Anthony!

Deborah Snow said...

Carin, how I love you and your refreshing optimism, faith, gratitude, authenticity and love for the true joys of life. No matter what my mood was prior to visiting your blog, I instantly begin to smile and relax each time I get the chance to read your posts and enjoying your amazing photos. How I appreciate the perspective I've gained while reading the beautiful and profound quotes you share (love that Clinton Weekly Motto so much!)and the rededication I feel to living a more simple, joyful life as I read your "what makes our garden grow." Thank you for your incredible example and dear friendship. I am honored to know and love you! Let's get together, SOON! :)