For our YW activity this week the Laurels had planned to play tennis. Kara plays for her high school and has a tennis scholarship for college next year, so she was our instructor for the evening. We went to the Eagle Watch courts to play - Kara versus Gloria and I. Though I was pretty terrible, I did better than anticipated and had a lot of fun too. It had been years and years since I'd played tennis and I was surprised how much skill is involved. I got some good pointers from Kara and improved my game at least slightly by the end of the evening.
Saturday was the much anticipated race. We bought pre-cut cars from Hobby Town because Charlie is not really a tool guy and doesn't have the right kind of saw. The boys chose their paint colors and decals. Isaac's car was called "The Golden Eagle" and Luke called his car "The Flame Thrower." He didn't like the extra weights I glued onto it, but when we tested it the night before it was way too light and wouldn't even make it to the end of the track.
Isaac's car won third place! He was super proud because last year his car came in dead last in almost every heat. The Willy Wonka chocolate bar car won first and I think the red car with the Lego driver came in second.
Next it was time for the sibling race. It's actually called the Outlaw Race and any car can participate, with no rules or restrictions. Luke was probably more excited than Isaac was about the Pinewood Derby. His car had been super slow the night before during test runs, but after Charlie made some adjustments to the wheels, and we added some weights and graphite powder, it sped up quite a bit. Luke's car came in second and he was absolutely thrilled with his win and with his plastic medal.
Of course we had to take a few photos in the winners circle photo booth afterwards.
Later that afternoon we managed to load all four of our bikes into the back of our van, and drove up to a very flat park in Canton to do some bike riding. We live in a super hilly neighborhood which makes it nearly impossible to ride bikes around - especially the beach cruisers with no gears that Charlie & I have.
Before we left California Isaac was riding on two-wheels really well, but then he had a fall and refused to ride again. We had made a few half-hearted attempts since we moved of getting him to ride, but hadn't really pushed him again. Until now. We let him make a lap with his training wheels first, and then Charlie took them off. Isaac did great! It took him a few minutes to get going, but then he was off!
We had invited our neighbors to go with us. I think it helped that their son Conner, who is seven, is riding well. That was a little more motivation for Isaac to ditch the training wheels.
The park is really great because it's completely flat and has about two miles worth of paved trails that loop around. It was a great place for Isaac to practice and I loved being on my bike again after so long. We really need to invest in a trailer though because cramming those bikes into the van was quite the feat.