Saturday, March 22, 2008

you do the hokey pokey and you crash and burn.....

For the last 3 years notes have come home every couple months about skating parties for school...and for the last 3 years someone has been born, nursing, or needy in our family. So we haven't went. Until this last week. I took Jack and Isabella.

The people who send those notes home from school should add a couple of important things to their notes.

Like....... NEVER bring 2 children at once who have never skated before in their life.

And.......Make sure and get their skates one size bigger than the shoe size they actually wear. I found this out after I got the kids skates on. (It only took me 30 mintues to lace up the skates-before I found out the skates pinched Jack's toes) Isabella was kind enough to tell me AFTER we went one round around the rink...then told me she needed a bigger size.

And.....there should be a special note for Mom's over 30..... Never take 3 sweet innocent children on a train ride. (you know where the "most experienced" skater goes in front and then everyone forms a train by holding on to the person in front of them. ) That landed in a crash and burn. I had a landing on the bum and bruising, also knocking out all 3 passenger trains behind me, all under the age of 8.

Although....Had I been taking my little Bella the last 3 years, I would have been experienced in skating etiquette. And she would have been an Olympic skater by now, I am sure. Yep, just like ol' mama who train wrecked all those behind me that night.

Isabella did have fun though, it was so fun to see her excitement in skating for the first time. I had so much fun with her. One of my favorite parts was seeing how many of the old songs I could remember the words to. Seeing if possibly I could embarrass her by singing and trying to dance on skates. She would roll her eyes and keep going, I would laugh, and try to remember to act my age. But now really how much fun would that be?

First time skating......Look - all by herself.

And Jack....well after I laced up his skates, I took them off because they were too small. Then I got the size bigger,laced those up and he decided he was NOT going skating. He was frantic about entering the skating rink. I'm not sure if there were too many kids, or too dark, or too loud???? No way was he going out.

I was seriously not going to pay $16 for us to go skating and Jack never try. So he spotted his teacher and said, "I'll just sit with her." I replied, "No Jack, one time around the rink, You'll like it--I'm sure!" Well one time around and I was willing to let him drive himself back home. Torture! To teach 2 to skate at the same time. What was I thinking?

So this is where Jack spent the next 1 1/2 hours after the ONE TIME AROUND the rink. Because I'm sure his teacher didn't mind taking care of Jack after spending all day with kindergarteners.

See why I love her? She actually looks like she's having fun watching Jack for me.

I was glad there were benches all around the rink, Jack could play with my camera and seemed pretty happy to getting his way and not be skating.

Isabella on the other hand is ready to go back next week.


Anonymous said...

these pics bring back such sweet memories. of when we were young and would go roller skating. with church groups and/or bday parties. it was the only time that i remember music being so loud and it was ok. mom thought it was great cause at least i was getting exercise. every one looked like they had so much fun. even though a few bumps and bruises were had by all. were did you go for the roller rink? peace and love~~melissa gail

Kim said...

Oh how fun! I grew up going to skating parties, but Roger did not. Now that is funny! Jadyn LOVES these parties. She has now even graduated to roller blades, can you believe it? Honestly, I do try to throw out the papers before she can see or remember the dates, though. Aren't I a terrible Mom?!

Anonymous said...

Good for you for trying! The pictures are fantastic! You have such a good looking family!
I remember those days w/our kids! It was always loud music and stinky food to snack on! Oh the memories! Good Old Eby Pines!
Jack was having the time of his life w/his teacher. She's great....I know Jadyn loved her!

Anonymous said...

that looks like sooo much fun!! we've talked about doing it for a fam day out, how many $'s is it at eby pines?(i have a lot of memories from there, hee,hee)
it costs $64 for us all to skate in 3 rivers...=( talk about painful!

Holly said...

Ahhh yes, the good old days! You are such a great mother! You always think about making "the memories" very important for your kids! I really admire you for that! Love ya!

Sherri said...

Loved reading this post, Heather. You are a very entertaining writer! Now you're a pro for the next skating party.