Friday, February 19, 2010

Eat Your Hearts Out , Olympic Ice Skaters

Friends invited us to join them at the local ice rink today for some skating. I took the four oldest girls and oh, we had fun!
That is, after I got over the shock of the entrance fee...and that it did not include renting skates.

Jillian and Molly had tried skating once or twice but for Chloe and SaraGrace it was a new experience.

SaraGrace was petrified at first. She lurched onto the ice clutching my hand and the boards. Bless her heart for trying but she would not let go of me. Well, this was going to be exhausting.

She let go of me just long enough for me to take this picture. She was having a blast!

As I was pondering how long my back would hold out--or worse, how long before she pulled me down in a heap on top of her, I spotted some kids with a highly sophisticated training tool.

I had to have one. Nothing but the best for my little girl.

So I asked another mom, herself the proud owner of said tool, where she had procured it. She said that her pre-teen daughter had decided it was beneath her to use such an item, and offered it to me, free of charge.


Here is SaraGrace trying it out.

Oh yeah, baby. These crates worked like a charm. She leaned over on them and took off like a shot of lightening.

OK...that was a slight exaggeration, but she did start skating very fast. She was so thrilled with herself. After an hour or so, she grinned up at me and said, "Mom, I think I'm starting to get da hang of dis!" Swoon...she is so cute.

And my Chloe...oh my goodness. She started out by hanging onto the boards, but before long, I turned around to see this....

"Look, Mom, no hands!"

I hadn't been skating in years and it felt so good.

For awhile.

And then my knees started to creak and groan. I'm sure it had nothing to do with my age. It was probably the rental skates. My pretty white ones were no longer useable. Who knew that putting them away with some moisture on them would rust them out?

I mean, really, how uninspiring are these?


We had a wonderful time and it was a great way to close out our last day of winter break. I am so blessed to have such sweet girls to spend time with. I have no cute pictures of Jillian and Molly--they turned out awful. I guess we'll just have to go skating again...


Mandi said...

Great pictures. I can only imagine the fun the girls had.

We are getting a new indoor ice rink here and I can't wait for it to open so we can take the kids.

Thanks for sharing,

Angie said...

I used to love skating...dumb toe-picks and all! Looks like fun!

Lori said...

Looks like tons of fun! I keep asking if Lucy wants to go ice skating and she says, NO...she wants to roller skate! Ha! Well, I grew up in the 70s so, yeah baby, I can teach you to roller skate! I'm good, really, I am.

Kim K. said...

How fun!! We've been telling the girls that we need to take them skating this winter. Emma had lessons for 1 season and promptly decided she hated it. I think it's time we try it again. PS. Chris and I met ice skating in college. This sport always holds special memories. And yes. I had a Dorothy Hamill haircut when I was a little girl...hee hee.

Valerie and Jeff said...

Hi and thanks for stopping by our blog and commenting on the lettering! I love the skating photos on your site btw. Our son(s) love hockey so that is a happy sight to see. :-) I responded on our blog but wanted to make sure I answered your question about the lettering.
Here's what I said:
"I'm so glad you asked guys! I design each one myself ... if you have a something special you would like to see I would be more than happy to mock up several versions for you to choose from. I have a small brochure I can send you and some jpegs of things I've done ... I just have not gotten into making a website or anything fancy. I can get you a quote before you buy and if you decide after seeing the mock ups that you aren't interested there is no obligation to buy. In general it runs about $6/foot. Most pieces are then about $30 when they have 2 layers at about 28 inches wide.
Feel free to leave me another message here or email me at
I'm going to have to check out your site more when I have breakfast in the kids and not on the table. Thanks for saying hi. :-)

Kristin Ferguson said...

We LOVE ice skating too and we have a rink really close by here in RALEIGH, NC (Hint, hint). Josi has used a traffic cone in the past to help her get around the rink. Now I can barely keep up with her. :) OK, so these pictures were precious and somewhat impressive but I was really hoping to see some CURLING! (What is up with that sport? Who voted that into the Olympics? I mean, come on--I see the strategy involved but where's that raw athleticisim that the Olympics is ALL ABOUT???) OK, I'm finished venting now. Off to CURL my kitchen floor. ha ha


Anonymous said...

So much fun!!

Jean said...

Too cute!! It looks like so much fun! Sarah has been wanting to do that but I just haven't had a chance to take her.

Looks like everyone had fun!

Jill said...

That looks like a blast! I can't wait until Lucy is big enough to get out there and have some fun! Love the pics of the girls!

trustandobey said...

When we lived in New England (some 30plus years ago)we used the frozen-over pond in front of the house to skate on.(NO ADMISSION) Those were the good ole days, eh?
You are a trooper, Karin. What we all want to know is ....could you walk the next day?

chinamom said...

Looks like so much fun! Just stopped by to say I am praying for you and Ryan! THANK YOU RYAN for serving our country!

Blessed Mom of Four, Now Five said...

What fun! I've been ice skating twice in my in the deep south, but the next time I get the opportunity, I'm going to stop by the school cafeteria and check out the tools in the milk cooler. I might could stay on the ice.....
BTW, I had one long cry tonight. I think I'm over it now......