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Sunday, December 7, 2008

My Little Ice Bunny

Have I mentioned that Dayton's Metro Parks totally rock? I recently learned that one of them has an outdoor ice skating rink and I couldn't believe the reasonable prices. Five dollars is the most you will ever pay, but lots of times -- like Sunday afternoons -- admission is free and all you have to do is pay the $3 for the skate rental.

If you even need skates, that is. Which we do, because this is the first time I've been skating since ... well, since before Olivia was born, anyway. There was a great skating rink up the mountain where we lived in Italy, but I never went myself despite sending Conner up a couple of times with friends. Skating, skiing, sledding, just 30 minutes from our house ... ah, those were the good old days. Though it's amazing how often you don't take advantage of such geography when you have two in diapers.

But we're not in Kansas anymore and there's no place like home, and right now that home is here in Ohio and this place knows how to have some winter fun, mountains or no. *sniff*

And Olivia for one couldn't be more pleased with her good fortune, her very first ice skating experience.

We were going to go as a family, but Conner was being a bump on a log so we made it a girls' afternoon out instead. It was just as well because it. was. cold. And I wasn't sure how little Sean-Peter would fare on the ice nor how long he would last off of it; this isn't the "lagoon" down the street in my Kansas hometown Back In The Day when kids were free to risk their lives testing the ice, skates or no. This rink is by the Miami River, but it's not The River (which is not even close to frozen). And it's regulated-like. We even had to all go in the same direction, just like a good old-fashioned roller rink.


Within minutes of her first foray onto the ice, Olivia stated that she wanted to do a figure eight. I was all like, hmm, sorry to break it to you babe, but you really need to work on your figure one to start.


I thought that was pretty clever. But she confided to me later that she found it confusing. Good old mom cracking herself up.


After spending most of the time clutching the side -- and clutching me (not necessarily a good idea) -- she did finally successfully venture out solo without wiping out. And her goal was to make that figure eight, but I can't tell you whether it remotely resembled one or not so much was I fumbling with my point-and-shoot with frozen fingers. She was, however, most pleased with herself.


And for her first time on the ice, I must say my daughter made me proud. I loved how she got up from a fall every time with a smile on her face.

The hot cocoa was extra, but that smile is priceless.


And I just realized I totally sounded like a mastercard commercial, but it's true.

5 comments:

Scott and Hannah said...

That looks like so much fun! It isn't getting quite that cold here. I sure miss the snow. Hope you guys had a great Thanksgiving. We missed you!

judy said...

Sounds like great fun! Yea for Olivia! And Yea for Mom for getting out in the cold! I bet they didn't have a bonfire going like we used to when we skated on the Atwood lake.

Jolyn said...

judy,
Actually, they did have some firepits right next to the rink. I was rather impressed myself.

Carmen said...

Olivia is always up for a new challenge! We just took eighteen 14 year olds to the indoor rink here for Reed's birthday. We came home with all eighteen of them still in one piece with no blood, no foul...thank you God! Join us in K.C. and we could all skate together!

Therapy Mom said...

Yeah for Mommy-Daughter time! More fun that way :) Glad you had such fun! Her little red nose is priceless!