Lucy is a real live bike-rider.
I know, that's not that uncommon for an eight-year-old. But I think it kind of is uncommon for an eight-year-old with BBS.
It was not a walk in the park I'll tell you that. It's taken years and strategies and helpful hints from blog readers (thanks for that BTW).
It's also taken Dave running alongside her each morning as she has pedaled, front wheel meandering crazy all over the street to the bus stop, sometimes with Lu yelling "I DO NOT WANT TO DO THIS!!!" at the top of her lungs. It's taken a couple falls and some serious prodding to get right back on the saddle.
But this spring, this girl did it.
She can ride a bike.
Let's just check out how heart-melting this little duo has been each morning on their way to the bus:
She was a little wobbly in that video but she's pretty steady now. She can start (almost) all by herself and use the breaks to stop and her smile is as big as Texas knowing that she's done a tough thing.
We knew this was a big goal. And we also knew that she's quickly growing out of her princess-loving magical Disney stage so we told her long ago that if she could learn to ride a bike we'd take her to Disneyland.
Well, she learned, and we followed through. It was Spring Break here in the desert last week and Max had a volleyball tournament in California so the timing worked out like a charm. There were a few days in there where we thought maybe we wouldn't be able to make it after all as I lay in bed sick as a dog (do dogs really get sick??).
But luckily I came back to the land of the living and we were able to pack up and leave...four days later than we anticipated, but in the whole scheme of things, who cares...we made it!
I'll be the first to admit that it was weird because we only had three kids most of this trip.
I have to admit the new "Cars" ride was pretty cool. The ride itself was fine, but the scenery was pretty amazing.
Lucy was brave enough to conquer "California Screaming" and "Space Mountain" but her favorite part was when the two of us snuck off to see the parade:
...and to stand in line to meet the princesses.
The next morning this note was left for Dave on the table:
Now off to learn how to tie shoes and do up buttons...