We bought Ren his first pair of skates this week. We had some beautiful weather on Tuesday, so that was the day we ventured out with our two little ones for a skating adventure. Before we left, Claire demonstrated on stocking feet how she would soon be gracefully twirling about the ice. We tried to caution her that it wasn’t quite that easy but she just kept twirling and gliding around. Ren didn’t even want to go skating but we finally coaxed him away from his Christmas toys.
When we finally get the kids on the ice, it was a total gong show. Such spaghetti legs they had! Skating does not come naturally for these particular kids, I tell ya. Ren loved it even though he kept falling down, but Claire very quickly got frustrated, albeit with a sense of humour. She kept exclaming, “It’s no use!”, as we kept trying to get her back on her feet. Eventually though, they found their “ice-legs” and began to show some promise. Ren was the first to do so. His technique for moving on the ice was pretty funny. Basically, instead of taking any steps, he’d simply allow his feet to slide forward while his legs spread further and further apart. I think he may have come close to accomplishing the splits at one point.
Claire eventually began sort of walking on the ice, which she then quite enjoyed. There was a push-thing there that we ended up using after awhile because a fellow skater pretty much insisted on it, but I’m not sure if it helped or hindered the kids’ progress. The weather is supposed to warm up tomorrow so we’re planning on another short excursion tomorrow again.
I didn’t take my camera for Ren’s first skating experience because I knew Paul and I would both have to be completely hands-on with Claire and Ren. In lieu of actual skating pics, I’m posting these that I took of the kids today. I wanted to get some special photos of Ren in particular with his first set of skates.