After our long-tail e-bike experiment, there was discussion about trying a front-loading trike, specifically the Taga 2.0. Well, we finally got our hands on one (thanks Shaun!). It was a typical Vancouver rainy day and a perfect day to try it out. We definitely need a bike that can hold up well under that use case.
We have gone from biking with baby to biking with baby and a toddler to now. Now looks like me, huffing with every ounce of power to push my bike, trailer connected with the two kids inside, up the hill. I can no longer bike them home (or to some destinations in the city) because the trailer plus the kids’ weight is more than my own. Plus, our eldest is starting to complain that the trailer is cramping her
style legs. A friend told me that she gave up at this stage and just used transit until her kids could ride with her on the streets. But, I desperately want to keep biking with them. (To be clear, our eldest is not ready to bike on her own on the streets.) So, how am I going to make this happen?
We are celebrating our 5th anniversary as car-sharers. Back in 2012, we had recently welcomed our first child into the family. Was it time for a larger, safer vehicle? A mini-van, perhaps? Naw, we decided to ditch our vehicle entirely and join Modo instead.
And so the experiment began. We decided to see how long we could last without a vehicle in our parking spot. Our big questions were:
- Will we save money?
- Will we reduce our carbon footprint?
- How inconvenient will car-sharing be?
Here are the results of our 5 year experiment.
As part of Family Literacy Day, I had a chance to read to my daughter in her classroom this morning, which was a nice treat. For us, reading is a nice go-to family activity that we all enjoy.
We’ve been through a lot of picture books. Below are some of our favourites.
- The Dumpster Diver
- Freight Train
- The Golden Goose
- I Want My Hat Back
- Pete the Cat
- Something from Nothing
The month that boasts Thanksgiving (in Canada) and Halloween is synonymous with pumpkins. They show up in pie on many Thanksgiving dinner tables and later as Jack-o-Lanterns decorating many houses, but there are other recipes and activities with which to enjoy this versatile vegetable.
Within a year of moving to Vancouver, it became evident that our car was spending most of its days parked and completely unused. My 13 km (each way) work commute turned out to be faster by my bike most of the time, and a lot less stressful. Lacey walked or biked the 3 km to City Hall. We were mostly using the car on weekends and for the occasional out-0f-town vacation. Without knowing the term, we were living “car-lite”.
Our goal over the next few posts is to document our family’s carless journey. This post will serve as background and we’ll followup with lots of actual data and analysis.
A couple of months ago I decided enough was enough. The closet in our girls’ bedroom just was not working for them (or us for that matter). After pointing out the problem to our girls, they seemed quite happy to help make an improvement. Again, this closet transformation is not a “pat us on the back” post, but encouragement to those DIY-selfers.
Last fall we embarked on a redesign of our living-dining space. Maybe that adventure will get its own post some day, but for now, I will focus on the closet transformation. Not because I want to say, “Hey, look at us, we’re so handy!” but rather: “Look, if we can do it, so can you!” Continue reading “Turning a closet into a mudroom”
Last night we talked to our eldest daughter about New Year resolutions. We asked her if she thought there was anything she could improve on in 2015. She said “sharing”. Interestingly, we were attending a pancake breakfast this morning at our friends’ place. It was a lovely way to start the year: good food and good company. Not to mention, it gave our daughter an opportunity to start out the New Year practicing her resolution. Continue reading “New Year’s Day”
Since our previous biking post, our primary mode of transportation has been the MEC single bike trailer (for biking and strolling), supplemented with car shares and transit when needed. But when the new baby came along, we had to take a break from biking. Before she could sit up on her own and support the weight of a bike helmet, we tried sticking both girls together in the MEC single for short strolling trips.
Understandably, toddler complained of being squished. Once baby was able to hold her head up with a helmet on (guess what she got for Christmas?!), we decided it was time to start our pedal adventures as an expanded family. That meant we needed to upgrade from the MEC single bike trailer. Continue reading “Biking with baby … and toddler”