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Saturday, January 10, 2009

Can you believe we suckered my mom into this?

First official iceskating lessons for the girls, and my feet (and more importantly, my butt) never touched the ice. Woot! Instead, TubaDad and Wela risked life and limb to take the girls out on that treacherous frozen rink. Ree loved it, thought the whole thing was a grand adventure, and is already a thousand times more surefooted than I'll ever be on that confounded slippery surface. Ro enjoyed it, but was a little dubious at times. She's excited to go again next week though.

Can you believe we suckered my mom into this? Heehee.

Ree was pretty insistent that NO ONE hold her, and she took off on her own as often as she could. Ro, on the other hand, stuck to TubaDad like glue. She ventured on her own for a few seconds at a time.

Look out, Ree is on the loose

After the lesson, my mom, dad, and TubaDad flew into action removing skates, finding shoes, wiping noses, you name it. It looked like an Indy pit crew.

A flurry of activity to get the skates off (reminded me of an Indy pit crew)

Here are a few more pics from the lesson. In most of them, Ree is either skating with my mom or by herself and Ro is skating with TubaDad.



Now y'all just need to keep your fingers crossed that we can make it through all of the lessons without ME ever getting on the ice. ;-)

22 comments:

  1. Anonymous1/10/2009

    I can't believe I did this. Haven't been on the ice for 35 years, but my sweeties needed me.

    love,
    wela

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  2. To Wela: From one Gramma to another,"You rock!"

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  3. Are the girls wearing single or double blades? My Emme is only a 6.5 in shoes so finding skates was HARD but I got her hockey-like skates but singles. We hope to go next week.

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  4. Hi Lost and Found: they're single blade skates, size 10 (eeps, they've got big footsies, don't they?).

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  5. The girls are so great at trying everything. You Mom is great..I can't stand up on solid ground, and look at her...Go Wela!!!! Linda

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  6. That is so great!!! It is so good to have them learn young, before they get fear. That is what keeps me off the ice....fear, even though I skated when I was young. Godd job girls!!!

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  7. such sweet pictures. and ... i have a question for you!! Before the twins you had someone come to visit and shared how they covered massive areas of the backseat, floor, and front seats for protection against massive volumes of mess.

    As we were coming home from the beach today and bemoaning the sand (and fruit bar crumbs, spilled applesauce, dirt, and other random accumulations) I recalled this and wondered about your perspective on that now ...

    ;)

    Hugs ... see you next weekend!

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  8. Go Wela...you are a super grandma!! Mary Mia...I am with you girl...find a way to stay off the ice!!

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  9. Lookit Ree go! Whoo-hoo!

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  10. You are truly blessed to have your parents around to enjoy thier grandchildren and they are so active in their lives. It is a wonderful gift.

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  11. Wela is the best! The girls look so cute out there!

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  12. Must be something in the air. I took my daycare kids ice skating for the first time last week, and the second time. I went outdoors in Walnut Creek and they let the kid push chairs around, which saved my back since I had three with me. Two were 2 yrs. 5 months and one was 3.5 yrs.

    I also had my first skating lesson last Tuesday. I can skate forward and backward and spin a tiny bit, but I want to do fancy things, like really spin fast and look pretty while I skate and that means learning to use edges.

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  13. My girls both skate, the eldest since she was 5 and the youngest since she was tiny. It is the best thing we have ever done, they both love it, and get so much exercise but more importantly confidence.

    I hope your girls get as much pleasure from skating as mine have over the years.

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  14. PS - We bought tiny skates from LLBean, they start from an 8 but they are so padded that DD wore them with thick socks when her official shoe size was smaller than that.

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  15. I think you guys are one of my favourites. You know when you skate down the list, and you're tired and you should probably check only one more blog (ha) coz it's gettin' late? I've discovered Ro and Ree win quite often. So there. I'll link ya, methinks. :) Happy 09.

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  16. Cute!!! We took Naomi skating a few days ago as well ... I regret not bringing my camera!!!
    At our rink we have these little metal bars for the little ones that are learning.

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  17. You are so brave to take them out on the ice at such a young age! I'm just this winter thinking of taking my 6 yr old out to learn to skate!

    In the second picture, there is a woman in the background who is hiding her face? What was that all about?

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  18. Aw go for it! We took the boys skating for the first time on New Year's Day. It had been over 20 years since I'd been on skates but I did ok. The boys...not so much, but they did have fun.

    You are wise to start them young. Anna was LIVID that there were no skates in her size so I put her on the ice in just her little boots.

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  19. I love Wela's comment!!! How precious is that?!!

    Ree is a champion! Ro... you're normal, sweetie!!!

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  20. Hi Friea: it was a huge seat cover thing, sort of like the one pictured here. I think they sell them at BabiesRUs. Our seats have survived ok without one of these, though, what we find is that the floor of the car gets just trashed. In seconds. Especially if the car has just been cleaned. ;-) The most useful item for dealing with that has actually been our swivel sweeper. It sucks up Cheerios, fishie crackers, pretzel crumbs, you name it. You can find them at Target, the brand we like is Ontel..

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  21. Fun times! Way to go mammaratzi: staying off the ice week one - check! I'll see what I can do to help out with this at least one week in the future although by the looks of things Ro might be able to give this wimpy Canadian some skating tips.

    So cute! Sorry Ree - the pic of your sad little face made me smile.

    Looking forward to hearing more about your skating fun!

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  22. Hey! if the girls get good, they can come to my place to skate!

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