|Mrs. Graves on the left, Lisa from Udot and Elisabeth shyly accepting her bike|
|Elisabeth with principal Jacobs|
We've been trying to get Annabelle to ride without training wheels for months. I especially wanted her to learn once Nora was born so that she could go farther and ride faster while I pushed the double stroller on walks. But she just wasn't ready. When Scott took her training wheels off and we tried to help her along by holding on the back and running along with her, she wouldn't budge. She'd just sit there and cry. So we put one training wheel back on and she would occasionally practice riding with her one training wheel, but not very often. She was not motivated. Then about a month ago I told Annabelle that once she got her training wheels off and could ride without them, we'd have a party for her. Well, that did it for Annabelle. She spent a lot more time out on her bike practicing with her one training wheel. A couple of weeks ago she asked us to take the training wheel off again, but we didn't want to take it off when she wasn't ready and then have to put them right back on again so we asked her to practice more. Finally, this past weekend she asked again and when we said the same thing she went back outside to practice and a minute or two later Elisabeth came running in and said, "Mom, she's ready! You've gotta come out and watch this!" And this is what I found(you can watch it on a short clip here):
Yep, Annabelle was riding in circles at an angle over and over again not allowing the training wheel to touch the ground! I thought it was pretty hilarious. Good job Annabelle!