|green moray eel|
|That's Caye Caulker in the background|
But the big surprise was Sean and Liam learning how to ride a bike here in Caye Caulker! We are not really a bike riding family and in the past when we've attempted to teach them to ride it's been in short bursts with the aid of training wheels. Sean, for the last few summers, had out right refused to learn. So when we spotted a bike rental place that had kids bikes here and Liam was all over it wanting to rent one we thought what a great opportunity. He has always been really motivated to ride a bike... and it was so incredible to see him just wheel off on his own after only a few assisted trials! Surprisingly Sean decided he wanted to try as well (on Liam's tiny bike) and he just got on and rode away... like he's been doing it for years. No problems (well his knees were pretty tight to the handle bars... but he just managed). All those summers trying to encourage him and get him over his fears and then just like that... When kids are ready... they are ready... when they are not... it's just a huge battle. So, huge transformative experiences... our boys learned to ride bikes on the sandy streets of the little island of Caye Caulker... so cool! It was fun too because we had a bit of an audience in the local venders sitting by their street stalls and there was a bar full of people that were also watching the kids progress. When Liam got a really good long ride for the first time... he got a huge round of applause! So fun!