Just like Quinn kept asking me out on a date, Jake, the quiet one, didn’t. He is a bit more shy than Quinn and sometimes it takes a bit more to get him to say something or tell me something that he wants to do. Anyway, since I went out with Quinn for lunch I needed to take Jake out as well. Now Jake has been riding, like actually riding, bikes for a bit longer than Quinn. He is quite good at it, before I get into that however, let me tell you from the beginning.
Jake and I have been on vacation for a while now. Jake’s is his school’s Christmas break, and mine is Christmas stand down, both breaks were needed and will be a bummer when they end. Anyway, when he went on his break I decided to take him out to lunch, lunch for us was at Burger King, which is an old favorite from Okinawa. I’d take the boys in the stroller and Skuut and we’d walk down to Burger King and have some lunch. Ahhhhhhh, good times.
So lunch. Well when I went on the date with Quinn I told Jake to think of something for us to do. I went bike riding with Quinn and because they are brothers and not to be out done, well and it’s just good fun, Jake and I went to ride bikes as well. Now understand my bike, a Kona Stinky-Dee, hasn’t been worked on or ridden in several years and I don’t ride it because it needs some lovin’. Anyway, when I say we went bike riding, it really isn’t me riding at all, it’s one or both of the boys riding and me either walking along with, or taking pictures or both. This one was a picture taking trip. and since Jake has been riding for so much longer than Quinn it wasn’t quite as fun or exciting and he just really did well.
In fact he was doing so well he thought he’d catch a quick look at me to make sure I was taking pictures of him.
I wanted to get some pictures of Jake posing with his bike but he wasn’t as natural with doing the posing and there ended up being a lot of cheese.
And the sun was out and it was quite bright. Both my boys, and I have this crazy squinty eye thing in bright sun, or even in not quite as bright sun…and it’s not because we’re Asian either.hehe
He did want to show me how strong he was by picking up his bike and carrying it to the back of the car. And it’s not a very well advertised fact but those little bikes, the frames are made out of lead and so they are quite heavy. I think they do that so the kids can build up the strength in their legs to pedal the bigger bikes.
Anyway, he got tired of riding and the posing wasn’t working out so I decided to change tactics and get him into a situation where he could more easily be himself.
So we were in the parking lot next to the YMCA, which also had a ball field and we put the bike up and went inside the fence. After I gave him the ring pop…ya, right, I totally remember those also…he totally loosened up and the cheese in his face was gone and we got to some real smiles and his personality came out.
And he got to do some goofy stuff.
Those last two pictures, I can’t decide which one is my favorite, they are both a little silly, they both have pretty good smiles and they both are showing off the ring pop…I know, that’s what I said….
Well, we had a good time, and I’m really glad I was able to get him out of his posing for pictures mode and into a more fun and real mode so we could get some better pictures.