Our third date was on the back of a quad, way back when. Corey had phoned me and told me he'd arranged a surprise date for me and to wear comfortable clothes (which to a girl who'd just started dating a hot guy translates as the new jeans that look old and comfy but make your butt look stellar and a top that is causally hot outfit). I was imagining a nice evening out, maybe a movie or a walk along the lake in Kelowna. I did my hair, I did my make up and when Corey arrived I was thrilled (he always came to the door to get me). Then I walked outside.
There, in my driveway was a truck with a quad in the back. My stomach sunk and everything I'd imagined dissolved into dread.
"Great. He's picking the wrong girl. First a Sea Doo, now a quad. What next? Dirt under my fingernails?!" Keep in mind, I was already in love with him, I was already thinking of forever and this moment felt like my forever was moving into impossible.
Anyways, I said nothing, hopped into the truck and continued in nervous fashion to chatter his ear off for an entire 45 minute drive upto our unloading point.
He handed me a helmet, completely with gingerbread man stickers and I groaned inwardly again.
"A helmet?! Don't you know I don't ride a bike because helmets wreck hair doos?! Do you have any idea how unsexy I'm going to look with a big red mark on my forehead?"
He unloaded, I climbed on and off we went. It was awesome! I had a blast, my shoes got flithy but I had fun. I spent the 2 hours having a wonderful time but feeling like an idiot, my head kept banging against Corey's over each bump we went and I was sure he'd be annoyed.
Corey grew up riding ATV's. He and Scott had a 50cc machine that they learned to ride and as the years passed and they grew, so did the size of their quads. They had hours of fun, adventures, accidents and memories made. While I was looking for the above photo I stumbled upon some video footage of them that I had forgotten about, one of these days I'll edit it and share, but for today I have a different point.
When Corey and I stumbled upon a little electric quad at a garage sale this summer he had to snap it up. Just like his Dad dreamed of his boys having ATV's Corey has dreamed that same dream for his girls. It's been the best $10 we ever spent. Bethany has spent tons of time booting around the long hallways in our house playing. It's been fun to watch, but the most fun started just before Christmas.
While putting up our Christmas tree Corey plopped Audrey on the mini quad to keep her busy. Not expecting at all for this to happen
Quads from Ashley Stone on Vimeo.
I can't even tell you how much we laughed. Neither of us expected our 11 month old baby to be skilled in the All Terrain Vehicle department! Can you imagine what she'll be like in a few years?
This Christmas, Corey's Dad was able to come out and spend a few days with us. It was nice to have him and the kids had a blast playing with their Grandpa. This trip for Bert was a special one, not only because he got to visit his son and granddaughters, but also because he had a gift for Corey that he's waited a long time to share.
Bethany seeing the new ATV for the first time.
Grandpa arrived with a quad for our family. We were so surprised! It's a 110cc and while it looks like a full size machine it's designed for kids. It has a run along strap attached to a kill switch for when they are learning to drive.
Thank you Grandpa, for the gift, for the fun and for the visit! We love you.