Still Adjusting

4:25 PM

Our lives as a biking family are still just beginning. Due to rain and very cold temps, this past week and a half, getting out has been tough. I am not upset that we don't have a car anymore, but I didn't realize that the second week would be when I really felt the change of not having it. Plus, it's cold! That just makes it a little bit more difficult to get out. Even the boys have been all bundled up outside and can only play for a few minutes until they are running back inside. 

This change has also shown me how much I was addicted to the car and to just going and doing something in general. I would go to the grocery store just because I could, not because I needed to. Now I plan trips to the store and actually make a list. We all used to go food shopping, but now just one of us goes to the store. 

We are doing less but gaining so much more. More time to focus on learning, and less stress about having to find something to do, or somewhere to be. Less time worrying about all the things we have to get done, so we can get here and there. More time realizing how the winter keeps us in, so that we can enjoy slowing down and just being. 

I know there is so much out there about what you can accomplish on a bike, especially with cargo bikes. Brian loves to see how far and what tasks he can accomplish via bike. Don't get me wrong, I do too. Yet, being car free and using bikes as your main form of transport also has a lot to do with slowing down. To realizing that you don't need to do everything all at once, or just because you can. Being car free doesn't mean we have to keep up with cars to live in the world. Being car free means we are changing how fast we really need to go to be a part of it. 

Below we are taking full advantage of last weeks slight rise in temperature by taking a family ride. My mother in law had stopped by to visit and snapped some photos of us getting ready for our ride. If it wasn't for her I would never be in any photos. I am so glad she took these.












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8 comments

  1. Baby in a bakfiets! Squeeeeee!

    I never thought about how we had it easier because we gave up the van in the spring. That's a good point and one to remember when people ask for advice about going car-free.

    Then show them the photos of the baby in the bakfiets. Especially sleeping baby.

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    1. She loves riding too! Fresh air and good sleep in the bakfiets ;)

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  2. This is awesome! I really like how you're embracing the inability to get out. I have a more negative reaction to it, but I like your zen attitude.
    Great family photos!!!!

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    1. Thanks Marni! I'm trying my best in this cold weather to keep my attitude positive. It doesn't always work out that way LOL.

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  3. And I was just wondering how you're faring in this frigid weather. I skip going out just because I have to pack the boys in/out of the car. . .

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    1. Warm weather will definitely be easier ;)

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  4. The cold I think is the worse thing to get thru. You will be enjoying this so much more when the weather gets warmer. I could not live without a car, although reaching 68 I am sure i will not be driving safely that much longer. I am glad you are all able to adjust to this. LOVE G

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    1. Thank you for the photos :) I'm glad you finally figured out how to comment.

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