Our Ice Rink Rockstar Kids
Friday was the perfect day to take a school break and meet up with Michael’s teacher and fellow GCA students at the Ice Rink. The kids have never been ice skating, and although they were excited, there was a certain level of nervousness.
Of course, they started out holding on to the side.
Then, it was time to practice with just one hand on the wall.
Wait a minute. Maybe I can do it without any hands on the wall.
And sometimes I am brave enough to pass my sister who is holding on to the wall and it turns out a little like this.
Finally, it’s time mom pushes us from the nest and we have to make or break it in the middle of the rink.
One girl told me to my face that I was mean for making my kids leave the wall. (I won’t mention what I really thought of her throughout that morning skate.) But they both did it! They were in the middle of the rink, on their feet, and with a new set of friends who were not wall huggers. Even Katie made it to the middle, although, more uncertain on her blades, she did it!
It was so unbelievably FREEZING inside the rink. Sweet little Clare wouldn’t leave her gloves on and her hands were truly like icicles. It was refreshing to get outside after naptime and enjoy some warmer weather and the effects of the day’s sunshine.
It’s been a very long week of lots and lots of rain and then there was the threat of a snow storm. Much to the kids’ dismay, the storm passed by us, but it did leave some warmer temperatures in its wake.
Here’s to the promise of a great weekend. We have so many projects around the house to get ready for the baby’s arrival; 5 more weeks (or less)!!! There’s the cradle to repair, a leaky toilet terribly inconvenient for this very pregnant momma, Christmas boxes stil in the garage, an infant car seat that needs to be washed up (at the very least), and the infant “stuff” brought down from the attic and sorted. After 3 babies, I wonder if there’s still things I can choose to remove from the house as they just aren’t that necessary. Isn’t it true that there’s numerous necessary items that become less necessary with subsequent babies? Today, I hope to sort through the baby clothes. Get them washed and put into Elizabeth’s drawers. Bittersweet I think. It’s exciting to know that a baby is coming home in a short time, but I must admit, it reminds me of how quickly Clare has grown. This is the first time in Boster history that our kids have truly shared clothes. I have a few things that we saved from Katie, but after 8 years, we had moved those boxes from the attic and into the hands of other people. A dear friend pointed out how shocked I’d be to change their diapers side-by-side and to see the size of their bums relative to each other. She claims that will instantly make me realize just how very big and independent Clare has gotten. Our little girl is soon to be truly a big girl! Admittedly, I’m having a hard time not thinking of her as anything but another baby…two babies in our house. We’ve never done it that way. Katie was 3 when Michael arrived and Michael was 5 when Clare was born. What an adventure 2013 holds for us.
Now I’m off to mobilize the troops for some productivity and play later! There’s the promise of a picnic at the park after naptime! I must fulfill that promise in good conscience. Wish us luck! Happy weekend to you. What are you planning?
Oh yes, a very special shout-out to my sister on their birthday today!! See you tomorrow sis for some celebrating!