Our life has been beyond crazy lately. Lots of stress and tension has filled our house, but this past Saturday we were able to take a break from it all and do something fun together. Believe it or not, our kiddos have never been ice skating before. Yeah, I know, we live in what seems like a frozen tundra about half of the year so how could we have not tried this before? Sometimes what is right under our nose is what is the most easily missed.
We have taken the kids sledding of course, snowboarding, and skiing but ice skating just didn’t seem to come up. It wasn’t until our Cub Scout pack was planning a trip to a local rink that it was even brought up in our house. As soon as I told the kids we were going to try ice skating, they all got super excited and started counting down the days. Wow, I never expected that type of response from them.
When the day finally came, all of us piled in our SUV and headed over to the local rink. All bundled up, we sat down and exchanged our stinky boots for some pre-warmed rental skates. Just the task of getting all the kids tied into their skates could have been an expedition all on it’s own. We were one of the first families into the shop and one of the last out. If that isn’t a sign to everyone around us that we are newbies, I’m not sure what else would be.
When we finally got the skates on and everyone re-bundled up we headed over to the rink. Even though I had skated before, it had been about 15 years. So all of us approached the ice with caution. This rink had milk crates zip tied together for the kids to hold on to. There were also pvc pipe walker creations that the kids could use as well. Slow and steady the kids started to get the hang of it.
Everyone had their fair share of falls, but Devyn could have gotten an award for the most dramatic falls. He never seemed to just slip, it was always a huge production, even falling over the rink edge several times. Hayden, our littlest one, took right to skating. Yeah he fell down a few times, but overall was able to stay standing much longer than the other two. Maybe it was because he is so close to the ice in the first place. I myself, did not fall, not even once, at least not while I was on the ice. I was the lucky one to make a fool of myself by falling after getting off the rink walking to the rental shop, to turn in my skates. Yup, that was me. I had to laugh because really, it was pretty ironic. After 15 years of not skating, I skate well all morning, but fall as we are heading out.
With all the stress going on in our family right now, it was such an awesome sight to see everyone with smiles on their faces and having such a great time. The kids were so excited about ice skating, and I’m glad that it didn’t disappoint. They all have been asking when we can go back again. We definitely will be going back, and soon! So simple of a morning, but so special.
Have you ever taken the time to do something new around you, and then asked yourself why you hadn’t done it sooner? What was it?