So, I've been telling Jaden for the past few weeks that his training wheels were COMING OFF!! That he's WAY too old to have them on and that it needs to stop. He would tell me in response that he was never taking them off, that he liked them, and that he didn't want to bleed. Whatever, I said.
Anyway, tonight Chris was out mowing the lawn and I came outside to find Jaden riding his bike. I said, "OH no, you come up here boy, those are coming OFF." He said, "NOOOOOO!!!" I said, "YEEEESSSSS." So he came in, I ripped those suckers off and we went out to learn to ride.
He was wobbly at first..kept looking at his friends' houses instead of where he was supposed to be going ("Look at Cody's house, J, just look at Cody's house!" I kept saying) His friend Sadie lives down the street and every time we'd pass her house he'd start wiggling around. I said, "J don't think about Sadie, just think about yourself and getting to Cody's house!" He said that he wasn't thinking about Sadie. I asked, "Well, what are you thinking about then?" He said he was thinking about Preslie. I told him, "Well, then think about Preslie up in Heaven right now and how she's looking down on you and is so excited for you to ride your bike!" He said (with a smile and a sigh), "Ok, I can DO THIS!!!" And, within about 2 minutes, he was riding like the wind!! So proud of him. He kept saying, "I'm REALLY doing this! I can't believe I'm doing this!!
Well, anyway, it's been a pretty special night for all of us. The neighbors were all so proud of him, came out to smile and cheer him on and give him encouragement. And at the end of it, he gave his training wheels to one of the neighbors across the street, Diego. He was sad to be done riding for the day, but is so excited that he can ride without training wheels now! He's already planning our family bike ride tomorrow evening. :) I made him come in and take a shower..boy was drenched in sweat!
Have a great night guys, love you :)