Here is the truth about winter:
I don't shave my legs; I do eat many warm, baked treats, and it's far too cold to go outside so yes, let's all sit in front of the television and blast the heater ALL DAY LONG.
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Warm, baked treats need double cream or a nice scoop of vanilla bean ice-cream, it's true.
Annnnnnnd, sitting in front of the television all day is bad.
So I said to myself, I said, "Angie, making the personal decision to be sedentary and hairy is all well and good but as the mother of three impressionable young children, you really should consider making a better decision for them."
Sigh. I couldn't argue. Myself had made a great point. So that was when I told everyone to round up their bikes because, dammit, we were heading out on a wintery afternoon's adventure.
It was late afternoon, almost four o'clock and it did occur to me that we may have left it too late, that dinner and bedtime were not so far away. But I knew my sneaky brain was in cahoots with my lazy butt so I had to push through the self-sabotage.
Eager to check out a new playground in a nearby suburb, we loaded up the car and off we went. With the boys on their bikes and Harlow strapped into her brand new Smart Trike 4-in-1 Dream, we hit the bike path, the crisp afternoon air putting a rosy blush on the kids' cheeks. The going was slow but in the nicest possible way. Luca would zoom ahead and then circle back to meet us. Zig was exercising his right to be a three-year-old by refusing to pedal half the time which left Bren with the juggle of pushing Zig along on his bike and steering Harlow's ride, too. And I followed along behind taking happy snaps.
My job was ace.
We stopped to notice stuff along the way, we took turns pushing Harlow who happily chewed on the toy phone that came attached to the Smart Trike.
No-one cried or fought or whinged. It was actually….pleasant. A lovely, relaxed event. And the truth about going anywhere with three small children in tow is that lovely, relaxed and pleasant are not commonly used adjectives.
We followed the bike path around the perimetre of the park, and then turning west where the sun was steadily sinking into the horizon, we cut through a pony club, the gravel beneath out feet imprinted with the crescent moons of horseshoes, and ended up at the new playground. The flying fox was a huge hit.
And the whole time, despite the increasing chill in the air, Harlow was content. Rather than sitting back passively in the pram, her new wheels put her front and centre in the action.
Stopping off for dinner at a burger lounge on the way home rounded out a seriously gorgeous family outing. We may never go anywhere or do anything ever again because it's possible we've used up all our happy family credits.
But that's not the moral of the story. The moral is get out there and do stuff. Maybe your family is already the "go, see, do" type. I have to admit we are not. Going out with three kids is a recipe for tears and tantrums and at least one kid peeing their pants but I think you have to try. And apart from the spontaneous dinner out afterwards, this cost us zip. If we had been better prepared, we could have brought along a picnic dinner to eat in the park. But there's always next time.
WIN A SMART-TRIKE 4-IN-1 DREAM
Want to win a trike that will grow with your child? Graduating in four stages from a parent-controlled trike for babies right through to a classic pedal trike for toddlers, this little beauty gives good mileage. The steering is great, there's a brake for stopping safely and Harlow loved the phone accessory. And Bren assures me it was super-simple to assemble. Check out this quick video to discover more.
Valued at $199, I have one Smart-Trike 4-in-1 Dream to give away. Complete your entry in one simple step;
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This competition is open to residents within Australia only and is a game of chance. Entries close on Saturday 6 July 2013 at midnight AEST. The winner will be drawn randomly and announced on the blog on Sunday 7 July 2013. The winner must make contact via email within 5 days or another winner will be drawn.
Disclaimer: I was gifted the red Smart-Trike you see Harlow riding on in the pictures and because I love you, I asked that one be gifted to a lucky reader via this giveaway.