All – Skate

Mags and I had so much fun tonight. It was one of those great nights when you and your kid are just in sync. It was fabulous.
We went to a birthday party at a skating rink. I knew it was going to be hard for her to get the hang of the whole skating thing. We had been one time before, and she had quickly become frustrated with her inability to learn how to do it quickly. And, it was a Friday afternoon – usually a prime meltdown time. So, to say I entered the rink with trepidation would be an understatement.
Well, I sadly underestimated her and her attitude. She did GREAT! The party had the rink to ourselves, so the lights were up, and everyone was of the younger set, so everyone was learning. This made it a lot easier to go slow and easy. She did one lap on the carpet, then decided she wanted to go down on the rink, but holding my hand. We made it all the way around. It only took about 15 minutes. 🙂

This is my cutie proudly taking a rest after her lap around while holding my hand.

The next lap around she let go, but wanted my hand to be near her so she could grab on if needed. Notice the wild windmill arms to keep her balance. We did a couple laps like this. She fell down several times, but we both just laughed each time. Then, we would laugh as I attempted to help her get up and her feet would slip through my legs. It was quite comical.
She had the best attitude about it. She was trying her hardest, but didn’t hit frustration level or have a meltdown. I was SO proud of her. She just kept trying and trying, determined to do it. And, she was having a blast.
Then it came time to totally let go of Mommy and head out on her own. She went out near the middle and went round and round. SO awesome. I was told I could go sit down. She fell down several times, but managed to get herself back up. It was great to watch.
Then, it was time to take off the skates. That was when there was a near meltdown, but she recovered when they started playing music for them to dance to. Here she is doing the YMCA.
It was a fun night. I can’t wait to take her again!

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