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Do you remember your first bike? Alex got her first bicycle on her half birthday! A "Pink Cupcake", complete with tassles. Boy was she excited!!
The Oop Gets Her First Bicycle
Alex met the neighbor kids, shortly after we moved in. They have three children, all older than Alex (7, 9 and 13 years of age, I think). Two are boys and a the oldest is a girl named Sydney. All ride bicycles.
One day, early this spring, the Oop was out playing next door. She comes running back into our yard and says, "Daddy, them is going on their bicycles. I need mine. Where is it?"
When I tried to explain that she didn't have a bicycle (because she was too small to ride one), she burst into tears. I felt horrible and the poor Oop felt left out, because she didn't have a bicycle (apparently the ability to ride a bike isn't nearly as important as possessing one, when you're three and a half).
"We'll have to get you one for your next birthday," I said, hoping to mollify her distress.
"Yeah," she said, taking big gulps of air and gradually calming down, while I held her close.
I relayed the story to Rachel.
Maybe I should have been more specific about which birthday I meant?
Continue on with "The Oop Gets a Bike" ...
Alex turned three and a half, yesterday! We thought we'd celebrate her half-birthday, by sharing a few recent photos. Happy half-birthday Oop!
"Girl of Style" turns Three and a Half
Yesterday, the Oop celebrated her half-birthday. She's now a "big girl".
We certainly agree that she's bigger! She's grown an awful lot in the last six months and the proof is in the measuring. Yesterday, we hung her height chart and measured her. She's grown a full two inches since July and is now a whopping 39 inches (99 centimeters) tall.
We thought we'd celebrate her half-birthday by sharing some recent photos. (next page)
After cycling in the sunshine last week, the weather Gods decided to spit out the last bit of winter and we got SNOW! We're wondering (hoping?) that it'll be the last of our winter fun this year. (We built a snowman) ... check it out
The Old Man Spits Some White Stuff
The day after we went cycling last week, in the sunshine, it snowed.
It started as little balls of white stuff which bounced off of the car, stuck to the leaves and it didn't look like it would stay around. But the temperature dropped and the small balls turned to big fluffy flakes and soon it was practically a white-out. I began to wonder if Rachel was going to have a difficult time driving home from the hospital, in the snow.
It snowed all afternoon and through into the night. By morning, everything was covered in a layer of white.
The temperatures hovered around freezing, all day, but the sun came out around noon and snow was rapidly melting off of the trees.
"Let's go sledding!" said the Oop, eager for an adrenaline fix.
"We can't go sledding Oop," I said.
"Why?" she asked (a very common question, I might add).
"Because the snow's not deep enough," I said, "You've got to have more snow than this to go sledding. See the patches of ground through the snow?"
"Yes," she said.
"Well, that means the snow's too thin for sledding."
"But I want to go sledding," she whimpered and the tears began to well up.
(Disappointment for a three-year-old can be very traumatic indeed).
Continue for more about "The Building of the No-Man" ....
Cycling the Cedar LoopMarch 2nd, 2007 · stk
Cedar/Yellow-Point Bicycle Loop: We took this excellent, 15-mile ride, for the first time, since moving to Vancouver Island. We're lucky to have it right out our front door. See what makes it such a great ride, get a printable route map, and learn more about what the area has to offer ...
A Scenic Ride Past Forest & Farms
On Tuesday, the Oop was insistent on going for a bicycle ride. She's been wanting to go on one, for over a week, but the weather hasn't been very cooperative, with rain threatening nearly every day and busy work schedules interfering when it wasn't raining. Finally, everything came together on Tuesday.
This was the first bike ride we've taken since moving in to our new, Vancouver Island home and of course, it took a long time to find all of the cycling clothes, helmets, gloves and other gear. All the bicycle tires, including those on Alex's buggy, were flat. Scott had the added exercise of pumping up six tires!
We decided to do the loop trip, down Yellow Point Road, to Cedar Road and then back up to Yellow Point, where the two roads meet again. This is an excellent bicycle loop trip, about 15 miles (25 kilometers) in length and we're very lucky to have it right off our doorstep. The roads pass through scenic forests and sun-dappled pastures. Along the route are parks, beaches, Inns, restaurants, hiking trails, campgrounds, artist studios and family-run farms.
The Oop was excited to be "cycling" again, though just how much help can she be, sitting in a buggy that I have to tow? We've both put on weight, since we last cycled, but the Oop is the only one of us that's grown any taller. While I was pumping up the tires, Alex strapped herself into her buggy, itching to get moving.
Finally, we headed down our street, a downhill run toward Yellow Point Road, at a fast, nippy, early-morning clip.
"Whee!" squealed the Oop, from inside her buggy.
Read about our trip and get information about the excellent Cedar/Yellow-Point Cycle Loop (including a map) ...
Have a look at my first pass attempt to find a pure-CSS photo gallery that be displayed with in-line text. Display as many images as you want to impose on your visitors! Demonstration uses family photos from Christmas photos
First-pass at a Pure-CSS PZ3 Photo Gallery
Around Christmas, I had an idea for a way to display a multitude of images in a pure-CSS photo-zoom gallery, utilizing Photo-caption Zoom v3 (PZ3).
Many people like PZ3, but some try to use it to build a photo gallery. I designed it to add zoomed images (and an optional caption), into XHTML pages. While it works great - is easy to deploy, saves page real-estate, looks nice - it doesn't handle multitudes of images very well (at least, not "out of the box").
I've finally taken the time to play with it a bit (it took most of yesterday morning to hack through the details ... and then most of the afternoon and night to put it all together into a demonstration).
If you're into CSS, like PZ3 ... or want to see 40+ family Christmas photos ... read on! (Dial-up visitors beware ... image data ahead!)