A Healthy Perspective

Our blog entries have been a bit serious lately. They’ve been good and we’ve learned a lot, but being serious all the time isn’t healthy. Thankfully, my 5 year old twins put my life back into perspective.

This past weekend my twins turned 5. At first, it was a struggle to come up with a birthday party idea that was both fun AND inexpensive. Since both my kids love biking and I am the neighborhood bike guy, my wife thought it was fitting to host a neighborhood bike rally for their birthday. So, after talking with the neighbors and getting a permit from the city to block the streets off, the party planning began.

The simple recipe for the event looks something like this:

Kids - lot’s of them. Each got to decorate their bike, trike, scooter or push toy.

Good weather - We got lucky. 85 degrees and sunny on Saturday.

Homemade cake - My wife loves to bake and she made my boy a bike cake and my girl a horse cake.

Fun - I even got to partake in the festivities. Here I am organizing the bike parade.

All the kids and parents had fun. We laughed a lot with friends. We ate good food. I also later heard from many parents that their kids slept well that night. In the end, I think friends, food, fun and sleep are pretty much what enjoying life is all about.

Thanks to my wife for planning this and to all our friends and neighbors that pitched in and didn’t put up too much fuss about blocking the streets off.

Ride and smile everyone.

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Jason Boucher

Jason Boucher

Growing up as a Minnesota farm boy, I developed an appreciation and love for land and open space. This appreciation has fostered two passions, cycling and photography. Both of these passions provide freedom, encourage me to explore and foster creativity. More importantly though, my journey with a bike and a camera reminds me that the world is big and I am small.


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 Anonymous |

wow - that party looks like a blast - I wish I was 5 again! I bet you are the coolest dad ever on your block -

 Guitar Ted |

I actually laughed out loud when I saw all the little people riding in your street. That’s awesome!<BR><BR>Thanks for that stoke. :)

 MG |

Happy 5th Birthday Nathan and Natalie!!  Man, that looks like it was an awesome party!<BR><BR>And you look good as Sponge Bob Square Pants too… and those CrossMax 29 wheels aren’t bad either.<BR><BR>85 in October in Minneapolis… Who’d've thunk it?  Break out the SPF40!<BR><BR>... that’s so rad how many bikes, trikes and big wheels you guys had at that party.  I’m still blown away.  I smile every time I look at those pictures.  I think I’m going to make the picture of all the kids riding my PC wallpaper.  That’s just good.  <BR><BR>Thanks for sharing those with us… and thanks for getting all those kids stoked on riding their bikes.  The love of riding bikes is one of the best gifts you’ve been able to bless your children with, and doing that theme for their fifth birthday party was right on-time.<BR><BR>Cheers,<BR>MG

 Butcher |

Thanks for the comments.  It was a blast.  I think the parents had a good time too.  <BR><BR>I encourage others to consider doing some neighborhood thing like this.  Contact the city, talk to your neighbors, have a little afternoon ice tea party, or hot chocolate if its cold.  It’s cheap and fun.  It was like one big family and when else will 25 kids learn to derby?<BR><BR>One other benefit that I did not expect, many kids learned to ride just for this fun event.  My daughter finally practiced enough to be confident enough to ride alone without training wheels or the pusher just for this party.  I also witnessed our neighbor’s daughter practicing for 2 days prior.  It was just awesome!

 john Foley |

Yeah that party rocked.  Congrats Bouchers, Happy B-day Nathan & Natalie, and wow i’m impressed: a 600 pound weight limit tricycle-nice ride!

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 Anonymous |

Hi Guys!<BR>Loved the photos of the party!! Wish we could have been there to celebrate with you.  Even saw Grama got in on a photo!  Glad the weather was so nice for the event. Cakes turned out really cute! <BR>Love from Montana<BR>T,J,T,T

 Captain Bob |

That’s awesome!  Do I dare say, “Sponge Bob Boucher?”<BR><BR>Sorry, I think since Bobby has a cartoon character name it would only be right if you do too.<BR><BR>:-)

 Bobby |

Yeah…cartoon name is good but he needs an attribute….like sponge bob “Sqaure Pants”.  How about Sponge Bob “Giant Head”?  <BR><BR>-Bobby

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 lukas |

Hey Jason,<BR><BR>it looks like you had a lot of fun with the kids - that’s what I do all day long - have fun with kids :-)<BR><BR>hope you have nice weather like we in the alps have.<BR><BR>will there be new salsa trikes and kids for children :-)<BR><BR>keep the big wheels on your salsa bikes rolling :-)

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 Anonymous |

Great fun for all.  awesome idea.

 MG |

oh that’s funny… Sponge Bob Giant Head.  a jolly cartoon character, no doubt. ;-)<BR><BR>have a great weekend!<BR><BR>cheers,<BR>mg

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 Anonymous |

How cool is that!<BR><BR>I know what will happen in some 3-4 years in our street :)<BR><BR>I agree you look like a dork in that thingie you wear, but I think it also kmakes you the coolest dad around!<BR><BR>To bad it always needs the organization skills of the ladies though ;)<BR><BR>All the best from the wet Netherlands..<BR><BR>JJ

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