One of the kids’ favorite “traditions” is going to the Dollar Tree to buy Christmas presents for one another. This year we added to the tradition by making the kids earn their $5 for DT shopping by doing chores day of. In our household “chores” are the things most people would do automatically without reward… but we are awful.

  • Pick up your own toys which are all over the house.
  • Take a bath without whining about it.
  • Put towels in the washing machine.
  • Read for 20 minutes.
  • Put bath toys away.

That’s it. Five bucks a pop for that…

So off we go. The Dollar Tree is about a mile and a half from our house. Little (4yo) decided she wanted to ride on her own… painfully slow but she’s not going to get any faster if I don’t encourage her to do so, so here we go. She has made the trip on her own before, even as young as 3 years old.

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Little has outgrown her 12″ bike which frustrates her. She wants to go faster but there’s only so much she can do on those tiny wheels. We are in the process of getting her a 16″ bike. If anyone needs a 12″ Specialized Hot Rock in red (no training wheels) let me know. We are selling one. The 12″ sold immediately and we found a great deal on a 16″ on Craigslist the same day. The “new” bike needed a little love which we tended to at Bike Saviours, but now it’s like new and she loves it.

Most of the trip to Dollar Tree is on the Western Canal. Riding on the Canal is the bees' knees. Chilling, listening to music, not worrying about the kids and cars... love the Western Canal!

Most of the trip to Dollar Tree is on the Western Canal. Riding on the Canal is the bees’ knees. Chilling, listening to music, not worrying about the kids and cars… love the Western Canal!

Before getting off the canal and into McClintock, I put Little and her bike on my Dummy. I'm still not ready to have her on the road. I still get nervous with Big on the road but I know she's got it. I have to remain vigilant of course, but she can follow direction, can stay between the lines, knows how to turn safely and knows her hand signals.

Before getting off the canal and into McClintock, I put Little and her bike on my Dummy. I’m still not ready to have her on the road. I get nervous with Big (8yo) on the road as well, but I know she’s got it. I have to remain vigilant of course, but she can follow direction, can stay between the lines, knows how to turn safely and knows her hand signals. Little is not there yet. #cargocult

We love the McClintock bike lanes. Plenty of room for me to ride safely next to Big.

We love the McClintock bike lanes. Plenty of room for me to ride safely next to Big. #bikemcclintock

We made it to DT. Normally I just leave Little's bike in my Dummy not locked... terrible I know! But it being so close to Christmas and all, I decided to bring her bike in with me. I shopped with Little for presents for Big,..

We made it to DT. Normally I just leave Little’s bike in my Dummy not locked… terrible I know. Being so close to Christmas and all, I decided to bring her bike in with me. I shopped with Little for presents for Big…

And Ed shopped with Big.

And Ed shopped with Big.

Little and I finished first. My JBL speakers are blasting and she's spinning with the DT shopping cart when Sublime's April 26, 1992 came on. The looks we were getting were great. Wish I had it on video.

Spinning with the DT shopping cart to Sublime’s April 26, 1992. Wish I had the looks we were getting on video.

We stopped by Began's Classic Italian Pizza for pizza and beer.

We stopped by Began’s Classic Italian Pizza. The pizza is not excellent, but the kids like it and they have beer. Also great service!

The way back home was freezing!!! Put Christmas music on and checked out the pretty lights. It was a great way to end a simple but very fun family night.

The way back home was freezing!!! Little rode with me the whole way, although she didn’t want to. It was way too cold and we wanted to get back home quickly. Christmas music on and checked out the pretty lights. It was a great way to end a simple but very fun family night.