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Tuesday, February 28, 2012

Lillie's First Bike


Lillie has been wanting a bike since last summer. We kept telling her we would get her one this summer. Well, yesterday Lola, Lillie and I headed to a consignment shop trying to hunt down a few needed things for the girls and this lovely bike greeted us at the door. Lillie squealed and clutched her hands to her heart and said, "Oh look at this beautiful bike! It is just my size!" It was so sweet and my heart melted. Still, I figured seeing how we had held off this long why not wait a couple more months...right? She's been begging for one just about every Target trip for the past year. But then I saw the price which was great and texted Jon a picture to see what he thought but knew he was working out one of the players so didn't think I would hear back from him before we left. I told her we probably wouldn't get it today but we would think about it and I would ask Daddy about it tonight. Well, just before we left Jon texted me back and excitedly said to get it! When I told her we were going to get it I think it may have been the most excited I have ever seen her in her three little years!

Even though it was FREEZING as soon as we got home and I got the seat adjusted to her size she hopped on and in about five minutes she had learned how to peddle. She was just absolutely so thrilled and happy and wanted Jon, Jason and every one of our neighbors who drove by or walked by to get their mail to watch her. She's normally pretty shy around people she doesn't know and doesn't talk much but yesterday she wouldn't stop chatting to anyone that walked by about her new bike! She even saw one woman who was walking by with her phone in her hand and said, "You can take a picture of me and my new bike if you want!" If you knew how much she hates having her photo taken you would know how hilarious that was.

 I can't believe how fast she is growing up. I have to say this was probably one of the most special afternoons I have had with her. I didn't have my real camera outside with me but I did get a few shots and a video with my iPhone.


After dinner last night we went to Target and got her a helmet so don't worry - she will be nice and safe.

I also wanted to wish Dana a very happy birthday! Love you!

I hope you all have a wonderful Tuesday!

45 comments:

  1. This post made me smile!!! What an exciting new purchase. She looks SO happy! Hilarious that she told someone she could take her picture-ha! I hope the weather warms up so she can keep riding!

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  2. Ahhhh!!! Could she be ANY cuter singing on that bike?!?!

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  3. Oh, and Elle is in desperate need of shoes like Lillie's. Did you happen to get them around here?! We went spring clothes shopping over the weekend and completely struck out. I even found myself at the outlets which I loathe. Hoping you come out with spring clothes :).

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    1. Hey Allison, I actually got her shoes at the same consignment shop called Sugar and Spice on Richmond Road. They are Lelli Kelly's. And I got her a bunch of spring/summer dresses there too - I even got her a Lily Pulitzer one which I was super excited about! I will e-mail you.

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  4. I still have a pic of my 34 yr old daughter learning to ride her bike with Daddy...it's a precious memory...the beginning of freedom...sigh...
    Lorraine

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  5. I love this post Jenni. It is these moments...these afternoons that you will look back upon with such JOY as a Mom. I am so glad you bought it at a consignment shop too. The whole story of how y'all found it is p[art of the magic:)

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  6. That video is just about the cutest thing I've ever seen! It's so sweet how excited she was to get her new bike. It makes me look forward to getting my little one a bike when he's a little older.

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  7. Oh my goodness I am pretty sure I would not be able to resist her either ~ She is so precious!

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  8. That's so cute! I don't think I would've been able to pass the bike up either seeing how excited she was about it. I need to get my little girl a bike soon too. She's been riding her brother's hand-me-down spiderman bike...poor girl.

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  9. What pure joy- thank you for reminding me that this is what life is really about!

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  10. this is so sweet, our little boy Colt is about a month yonger than Lillie and has been begging us for a bike too! I showed him the video of Lillie, and he said thats a pretty girl riding a princess bike! haha

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  11. ohmygosh... if that's not the sweetest thing!!! and THAT VOICE.... I think you have a star on your hands, the tone of her singing voice is beautiful!!
    please tell her that her friend Ella watched the video and now wants a pink bike of her own;)
    xojoan

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  12. Awl, she's downright "motorin" now!

    Go go, Lillie!!!!

    Too cute!

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  13. Good Morning! Thanks to YOU it is!! Ride Lillie Ride! Pure joy & happiness! My heart is dancing for her. Enjoy!!!
    Happy Day :)

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  14. Awww, that melts my heart! So sweet.

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  15. so precious!! I love that she is singing! thanks for posting! my little boys loved watching your video. they pray each night that they will grow up to be godly men and mommy prays for a godly wife.... i'm keeping my eye on this one! ;)

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  16. Yay for little Lillie! What a magical moment. That comment above made me tear up a little. "...the beginning of freedom...sigh..." I am not ready for my child to ride a bike yet. I have another year to cling on to her. Such a sweet post.

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  17. Congratulations Lillie!
    I remember those days with my 3 boys and their first bike!
    They grow up fast! Hang on to these memories!

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  18. omgosh precious.... my "baby" is now driving a car... there's no helmet!!!! scary

    I loved hearing lillie's voice singing!! to be young again!

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  19. so precious! love that she had all of the neighbors watching her too! can't believe how big she is getting!
    lola is obsessed with riding her bike and can zip around on that thing like no other!? kinda scares me!
    happy birthday dana!

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  20. new bikes are soooo dang expensive and then you have to put them together. in my neck of the woods it is judged by how many six packs or cases ha ha.

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  21. How sweet! I think that bike was meant to be sitting at the shop just waiting for Lillie to come in. She looks so happy and proud on her new bike. I remember getting my first bike as a little girl. What a big day that was. Happy Birthday to Dana!

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  22. Soooooo adorable, Jenni. She couldn't be more joyful if she tried! What a precious memory for you both, and so nice that you have it documented. :o)

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  23. Oh Jenni............that is so sweet! Gosh they grow fast!

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  24. She is so adorable! I'm so glad she got her bike!

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  25. Oh my heart! Brought back such sweet memories of my little girl. You will cherish that moment forever!

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  26. I could feel her excitement and hear her squeal...you shared that story so well. I made my husband come in the room so I could read this story to him. It was so lovely! The great thing is you have this moment logged in your blog forever.

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  27. How cute! That reminds me of when I first got a bike as a little girl and was SO EXCITED. Aren't kids great? Their emotions are so big and evident.

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  28. Cute Video! Lillie is a pleasure. Wonderful to see a child absolutely delighted by a 'new' bike. Makes me think about how much I take for granted in my life. Wow! Cherish this memory.
    Desiree

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  29. This is the sweetest story! Thank you for sharing it. There is no greater joy, than to see you children smile with delight! :)

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  30. Real CUTE!
    Bike today, pony tomorrow!
    Go little lady Lillie!
    Tiffany from Australia

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  31. This is the best! How sweet a story you have shared with us...totally loved this and watched the video three times!

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  32. Jennifer, you and Jon are such great parents by making this purchase a special event. My husband and I were talking the other day about how the kids have so much and nothing seems "special" anymore. I loved watching Lillie riding her new bike and knowing how special it is for her. Thanks for sharing your story.

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  33. Jenni, she looks absolutely full to overflowing with joy. What a wonderful sight to behold! It doesn't seem that she could be old enough to reach the pedals, does it? :)

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  34. such a cute story! she looks so pleased!

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  35. OOH THAT IS SO SWEET, IT MADE ME NOSTALGIC FOR WHEN MY SON WAS LITTLE, I REALLY ENJOYED THE STORY.

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