I really love ice skating. Can you tell? I wasn't sure how things would go with all the little girls but I knew some how we would get out skating. The first day we went was during MEA weekend. There were a lot of other kids at the rink and we only had one pair of skates for Ana and Tali. I took Ana out first while Tali stayed with a babysitter. Ana cried the whole time she was on the ice. So after a while we traded skates and kids. I sat out with Julia and Ana while the babysitter took Tali and Amanda skating. Mike's brother was out on the ice too.
I was pretty discouraged with Ana's behavior but Mike's brother sent us home with some double-bladed skates to try. The next time there was nobody there but us and Ana was much happier. This time my mom and sister-in-law came. And now we've been going every week. Sometimes twice a week. We bought a season pass for me, my mom and four kids. It was $90 for all of use to skate as much as we want until March. Nice!
I actually didn't expect either of the middle girls to learn to skate this year. But mom just kept working with them. Ana loved the double-bladed skates but we were able to get her on single-blades by decorating everyone's skates with colored ribbons. She still wants a lot of help but she will do more and more by herself.
Tali figured out it was great fun to lay on the seat of a chair and push it backwards. That kept her entertained for a long time on several trips. Now she's mastered walking with the trainer too.
I love going to the rink because it feels like rigorous outdoor exercise without weather being and issue. I always know what temp it will be in the rink and so I know how to dress the girls. Of course, it did seem a little silly to be skating today when it was over 50 degrees outside. :)