Matt RaibleMatt Raible is a Java Champion and Developer Advocate at Okta.

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Over 10 years ago, I wrote my first blog post. Since then, I've authored books, had kids, traveled the world, found Trish and blogged about it all.

Just take her with you

Abbie's a Hiker! With my hectic schedule lately, it's been tough to get a workout in and not piss off Julie or Abbie. When I'm done working, Abbie wants to play like a crazy lady. I don't blame her - we have a lot of fun together. If I finish the day and walk into the living room to tell them I'm heading out to get some exercise, both of them get mad. Julie because I've been working all day and she wants a break; Abbie because she's ready for some fun.

About 2 weeks ago, we were all a little huffy at each other as I wanted to head out for a run before DJUG. Julie was trying to convince me to skip it so I could spend some time with Abbie. Abbie saw I was leaving - put on her shoes and ran to the door to go with me. Everyone was tense and Julie says "Just take her with you!" I laugh b/c our stroller isn't a jogging stroller, but then I realize it wasn't a bad idea.

Abbie usually can't sit still in the stroller for more than a few minutes, so even though I thought it would be a disaster, I took her anyway. I jogged and pushed her around our local park - and to my amazement - she loved it. She didn't want to get out once - she just giggled and laughed and pointed out all the dogs and airplanes. Since then, we've gone a couple times.

Getting bold with this new "take her with you" mantra, yesterday I took Abbie on a hike. Rather than a simple walk around the lake, I wanted to take her on a real hike. So we trekked on out to the foothills, strapped her in the backpack and headed up Mt. Falcon. This is a beautiful trail that I used to mountain bike a fair amount. I expected an hour trip, but it ended up being an hour and 40 minutes. How did Abbie do? She loved it. Sure we had to stop a few times, and of course she didn't want to get in the backpack after doing so, but I had lots of joose and gummy bears, so she was happy. It was something I'll remember for the rest of my life - especially the last 20 minutes where she made me sing to her the whole time. A true father-daughter experience - I'm looking forward to many more. I can't wait until Raible #2 arrives, I'm taking a month off and hope to enjoy a lot more days like yesterday.

Posted in General at Aug 22 2004, 05:57:30 PM MDT 9 Comments

I love that shirt you have for her. I'd like to get one for my 4 yr old daughter...where did you get it?

Posted by Pat on August 22, 2004 at 09:33 PM MDT #

Sun was selling a bunch of Java stuff via some 3rd-party vendor at JavaOne. Bruce got one for his daughter too.

Posted by Matt Raible on August 22, 2004 at 09:53 PM MDT #

One word my friend: BURLEY. . Sounds like you should check out the two-seater. ;) CP

Posted by Christian Parker on August 23, 2004 at 07:45 AM MDT #

Yeah, we already have one of those. Julie got it for me for my birthday last year. We didn't get the spendy Burley, but the cheaper model for $150. It works great and Abbie loves it. And it's a two seater. We take it to the park and playground almost every night. If Abbie doesn't get to go the "wee" everyday, she gets a little upset.

Posted by Matt Raible on August 23, 2004 at 09:31 AM MDT #

Nice to see that Lauren's not the only toddler that says 'whee' everytime she sees a playground. Lauren can spot one at 45+ mph in the car as we drive by on our way to grandma's house, and it's a block or two away as well! :) We take Lauren hiking on vacaction in the same type of Kelty pack you use...I don't know what we're going to do when she's too big for that, but in the 'I want to walk' (for 15 minutes) and then 'Carry me daddy' mode, which is coming up soon.

Posted by Mark Matthews on August 23, 2004 at 11:20 AM MDT #

Matt. Gotta love that. I envy you. My commute to and from work takes about an hour and a half one way. By the time I get home, my little ones (2 boys, 3 1/2 and 1 year) are already in bed, or if I'm lucky, just getting out of the bath. Hopefully that will change soon. I'm trying to find some work that's closer to home.

Posted by Bryce on August 23, 2004 at 03:22 PM MDT #

Bailey loves the backpack hikes and Jade is old enough that she just hikes with us now. In fact, I believe we've got the exact same pack that you have in the picture. BTW, I got Java shirts for both of my girls at JavaOne. When Matt and I found them we just smiled, looked at each other and knew that we had to get them. We've also got the bike trailer. Jade is getting too big for it but Bailey enjoys it now. The other day she actually fell asleep while we were on a ride. Talk about a workout - I rode just over four miles the other day pulling them in the trailer and it was a serious workout! Together they weight 60lbs. plus whatever the trailer weighs.

Posted by Bruce on August 23, 2004 at 05:21 PM MDT #

Simply wonderful!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Posted by Christina on August 23, 2004 at 05:45 PM MDT #

Did you ride into Highlands Ranch the other day with Abbie in a burley? We were driving on Foothills Canyon to Town Center drive the other day and I thought I saw somebody that could have been you on a bike with a burley in tow. When Abbie's older you'll have to get a tag-along. We got one from Gart's and it wasn't too expensive. My youngest had fits when we'd ride and he was stuck in the Burley. With the tag-along he gets to pedal and feel like he's really riding too. It's a frame that has a wheel, chain, pedals and handelbars that mounts to your seat posts so it's sort of like a tandem bike.

Posted by Greg Ostravich on August 24, 2004 at 08:56 AM MDT #

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