21 June 2013
I've learned, over the past few weeks, that finding a good time of day to ride with kids in the summer can be just as challenging as finding a good time to ride in the winter. I typically won't ride with the kids if the temps are under 30 degrees. Now I realize that riding in temps over 85 or 90 isn't so great for them either. Both kids are home with me on Mondays and Fridays now. If we don't leave the house by 9 or so, a bike ride is difficult to squeeze in during the day.
When I posted about this a week or so ago, Melissa at Her Green Life made a brilliant suggestion: What about a pajama picnic in the park? Since Fridays are the hardest days - with a grocery trip before nap time and Benny's summer reading camp after nap time. That doesn't give us much time to ride. Unless we leave early in the morning.
Pajama picnics are perfect. Eliminating getting dressed makes getting out the house much easier and faster. I packed yogurt, granola and fruit and we stopped by the local bakery for some pastries and coffee. Since the kids had just woken up, they had lots of energy to play. And because it wasn't too hot yet and the park was still shaded, they played for much longer than when we typically visit the park.
Given the success of today's picnic, I think we'll make this a habit on Fridays. Thanks for the suggestion, Melissa!