December 28, 2022

Toddler Takeover at Mountain View Ranch

It's been a wet christmas, as usual in Wales.  

My Brother commented that he was the most content to sit in the house of any of us, and it's true.  I am going stir crazy.  The kids started to go a bit crazy.  The husband got out on the mountain bike on Sunday but is still going a bit stir crazy.

This morning we decided to attempt toddler takeover at Mountain View Bike Park.  The website said there were coached lessons on Wednesdays at 9am during school breaks... and it is a school break.

When we arrive at 9am there was no one there, which was a slightly bad sign.  Perhaps it was the yellow warning of rain, or perhaps it was the actual rain.  Here's some photographic evidence.  It was wet, but both kids had fun.

Lilah has a strange habit of taking corners so sharply she leaves the pump track and skids into the mud.  Then she cries because she wants to be back on the bike.  She is made of tough stuff!

After 45 minutes we all went inside for hot chocolates:

We were back home by 11.  This afternoon we are visiting friends for a toddler tea party.  My brother heads home tomorrow (5am wakeup for the airport adventure...) and then hopefully Andy and I might get a day of catch up ourselves with the kids in Nursery.  

Christmas holiday has been fun and busy.  I love the bit after Christmas when you get to really start thinking about 2023.  I can't wait to read all the goals posts in the blogosphere and solidify our 2023 plans fir fun and adventure.

Also, I finished another book.  Really enjoyed A Psalm for the Wild Built by Becky Chambers.  
Updated book list here - I think I'm ending this year on 58 books which is no small achievement for a former non-reader.


  1. I like the toddler takeover, even though it was a small one this time around! Looks like fun. I'm glad you got to spend some time with your brother...I haven't seen mine in a few years, I'm hoping to rectify that situation in 2023!

  2. I've heard good things about the Becky Chambers books; I should try one in 2023!
    I have my goals ready for 2023, but I also feel completely unprepared for January. December was such a weird month with a bit of a time vortex due to kid illnesses. So I'm finding it hard to wrap my head around the fact it's almost time for a new year...and also...three long months of cold weather in Canada. Sigh. But...also a clean slate. So I'm excited too, if slightly overwhelmed.

  3. Kids don't care about the weather - I am sure they were perfectly happy being out in the rain. Good for you for taking them out for a little while. The hot chocolate surely tasted that much better afterward :)