The Alphabet Weekends is a challenge I have given our family to put a bit of pizzazz into our social life in 2014: every second weekend throughout the year, we are going to go on a family outing. The first of these outings started with A, the second with B, the third will start with C and so on, until we have made our way through the entire alphabet.
Last fortnight, I asked my readers to help me think of what we could do for B and I got some really fantastic suggestions, ranging from baking to badminton to battling! I really did like the idea of staging a battle, but seeing as I have a real one every night just to try and get Ben into the bath, I thought we'd try something different :)
There were actually so many fun things starting with B that we couldn't just pick one and so we decided to go for a bike ride and then do some body boarding at the beach.
In preparation for the bike ride, we bought a baby seat for the back of my bike, but we couldn't find a helmet the right size for our baby (perhaps we'll have to do some ORGANISING when we get to the letter O!) and I didn't feel comfortable taking her out without one, so the ride ended up being just mother and son.
The morning of our bike hike was quite overcast, which was good because it meant it wasn't too hot for this unfit mamma, but it was also not so good for taking photographs. We ended up riding about 8 km in total and besides one moment when we decided it would be a good idea to hold hands as we were riding along and consequently both ended up crashing into a bush, all went well.
Two days later (it was a long weekend because of Australia Day) we set off to go body boarding. This time, the sun was out and shining splendidly, but when we got to the beach we found that the water was quite chilly and so flat you could almost see all the way out to Africa. It appeared that the day we went bike riding we should have gone body boarding and the day we went body boarding we should have gone bike riding! Oh well, at least we got out of the house and Ben, always the optimist, had a wonderful time ...
While we we making out giant B in the sand, we took turns thinking of 'B' words. I actually think that building that B and playing a word game with Ben was my favourite part of the weekend. There's something unexpectedly therapeutic about playing with sand, isn't there?
Do you go bike riding with your kids? Have you ever been body boarding? And do you have any suggestions for what we can do next fortnight for C? C is proving to be a lot harder than B!