Hello Sweet Shoppers! It’s me – Erin! Winter here in the Midwest has been far from normal. I don’t think the kids have even had a snow day yet! (and normally there’s at least one by now!) But as I am typing this blog post – it is snowing. A wet and sloppy snow (perfect for making snowmen!) And so I thought I would talk about my favorite winter activity – Ice Skating!
Growing up in the Midwest – ice skating is just something that everyone at some point does. (at least this is my perception! LOL) I spent many afternoons and evenings out skating with my family at my Grandma’s pond or at a flooded football field. I started taking lessons when I was 6 and by the time I was 12 I was competing in local competitions. Granted I was never amazing at the sport – I definitely pushed myself and enjoyed it immensely! I met some amazing people and have so many happy memories.
Now that I have my own family – I want to share with them my love for skating and make new memories. We have taken my older son quite a few times. The first time was to a outdoor skating rink located right along the river. He loved having me make him fly around the ice! It was a work-out for me but an amazing experience for him! The next winter we signed him up for skating lessons and he basically spent the entire session on his knees playing on the ice – but he finally got the courage to stand up and move! It was a great day when he figured out that skating wasn’t too hard! We are hoping to place him in the beginner hockey league this fall – just to see if he has a love for skating and hockey.
So is all my talking about skating making you want to take your family out to the local rink to create some memories? Or you are interested in signing up for lessons yourself? I encourage you to check out your local parks and rec to see if they have classes available. If you live in the US you can also check out the US Figure Skating website for classes. Or do a google search for ice rinks in your town – if they have a website they hopefully will have a schedule for their public skate sessions. And if ice skating isn’t your cup of tea – try a different winter activity – just get out there and create fun new memories with your family!