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Thursday, 25 June 2009

The Wheels on the Bike

This morning, after several days at the beach jumping in the surf, we did something new - rented bikes.  Our daughter is old enough to balance on an attached bike and even help pedal, so we dropped by Bob's Bike Rentals in Rehoboth Delaware, picked up a helmet and some bikes and were pointed in the direction of Cape Henlopen State Park.  Getting there is an easy ride - and taking the bike path around Gordon's pond is a must.

This was tons of fun - and the first family bike ride, believe it or not.  Though it won't be the last.

Saturday, 13 June 2009

Digital Distractions - iPhone Apps

We were helping a friend move last week and there was a lull right near the corner of dinnertime and "I'm Tired & Bored"… but the car keys and the money to pay the pizza gods were in my husband's pockets, and he was busy carrying a mattress down three flights of stairs, 10 miles away.


I have an iPhone.  I love it, yes I do. Yes, I do let her play with it, but we have some rules about how to handle it (gently and with mom or dad standing by) and how to give it back (early & often) that are mostly followed.  Yes, I hover.  But it's my lifeline to a lot of things.  This night, it was my lifeline to calmly getting us to dinner with the rest of the moving team. 

A while ago, I downloaded an ocarina for my iPhone (and yes, a lightsaber. Hush.) - but it's hard for her to play and the proximity of the microphone to the power-port makes me think that 4-year olds weren't what they had in mind for that one.

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