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Toe clips for Carmen

July 18th, 2011 by Joyce · 1 Comment

This Saturday, C&D will mark being 6 and a half years old. 

Last year, when C&D turned 5.5 years old, we threw a party at my mom’s house.  We invited the whole family: great-grandparents, aunts and uncles, cousins and the cousin’s children.  We rode ponies in the back yard, ate barbecue and cake, broke a piñata and opened a mountain of presents.

This year, the summer has been unusually dry and hot, too hot for a half-birthday party.  But we don’t need a party for presents.  A couple of weeks ago Carmen announced what she wanted for her half-birthday present—toe clips.  Toe clips are the plastic or metal enclosures that attach to the front of a bike pedal.   Carmen’s feet never slip off the pedals.  But Mommy has toe clips.  Daddy has toe clips.  Not one to miss out on something, Carmen decided she must have toe clips, too.

David doesn’t want toe clips.  He thinks the idea is crazy.  

And so apparently does every bike manufacturer in the United States, because nobody makes kid-sized toe clips. 

I found this out when I went to visit my favorite bike shop to pick up a pair of pedals for one of our bikes.  But they knew Carmen wouldn’t take no for an answer.  We’re all too hard-headed that way.  In case I wanted to try a little something experimental, they sent me home with a pair of toe clips.  Maybe I could figure something out?  I went home making a mental list of supplies for the next day: Dremel tool, duct tape, screws.

The next evening, we studied the cages and stared at Carmen’s pedals.  Matt figured the first and easiest thing to try was to just stick them on.  So he did.  And to our surprise, the cages actually kind of fit.  We were missing a strap for one of the cages, but Carmen got the idea, and loved them.  The next morning, we took a quick ride to our local bike shop to make friends and buy a couple of odds and ends, including that second strap. 

Carmen’s got toe clips on her bike.  You go, girl. IMGP1016 IMGP1017 IMGP1023 IMGP1024 IMGP1025IMGP1026

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Veggies at our house in the afternoon

July 13th, 2011 by Joyce


This summer, the rhythm of our weeks goes like this:  Dancing on Monday. Swim class and pool play on Tuesday, then meetings many Tuesday evenings.  Lunchtime book club at Rice on Wednesday, followed by friends and veggies at our house in the afternoon.  Swim class again on Thursday, then rushing to the allergist for my immunotherapy shots.  We end the work week with gymnastics on Fridays.

Like last year, we are a distribution point for the Wood Duck Farm CSA.  As soon as Joe drops off the shares, C&D like to pull our box down to see what’s inside.


It’s sort of like Christmas, every Wednesday.


Sometimes we get our favorite things, like corn and peaches and melons and berries.  We laugh in our good fortune, and feel grateful. 

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