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Sunday, February 5, 2012

~Ice Skating~

When I was nine years old my family moved from the coast of Washington state to the frozen northern regions of British Columbia.
Our first Winter there, I received a pair of ice-skates and I was very excited!
But I fell again and again, until I finally learned to put my weight on my heels, so the picks at the front of my skates would not catch and send me flying.

Despite the pain and embarrassment of falling and losing my glasses time and time again, I loved ice skating from the moment I first set foot on the ice.  And to this day, I still enjoy the thrill of flying across the ice on winged feet.   That's how I feel at least!

Just outside the backdoor of the little log house where we first made our home, we had a creek with steep sides.  
We tobogganed down the hills and skated on the creek, it was truly a child's winter paradise.  Our school had an outdoor rink that was taken care of by the school board, so we were always able to skate at recess and lunch time, also.

Our son and his family gifted my husband and I with ice skates for Christmas this year.  We've been ice-skating at least once a week, ever since then.  I know I will miss it when Spring arrives. 

I'm in my early 50's now, and I'm afraid to fall, but it doesn't stop me from skating as fast as I can.  

I love the feel of the icy wind whizzing by...

...and it's such great exercise!
These photos are of myself and my two oldest grand kids.  They were with us on Friday and we took them skating.  My grand daughter is accustomed to skating with boys skates, so I spent time teaching her how to skate with figure skates.  She was skating very well by the time we were ready to head back home for some hot chocolate.

Skating with them brought back so many great memories from when I was a kid!  It seems like yesterday!

What outdoor recreation do you enjoy in the Winter time?
Do you go ice-skating?
I wish you could join me some time, we could have some great fun.
Have a lovely day and stay warm wherever you are. 



Charity said...

Oh, that looks like such fun!! I dream of being able to ice skate well! I have supposed that when I get to heaven I will be able to figure skate beautifully. There isn't much opportunity to go skating here in Texas, unless at a rink - and there aren't many where we live. :) (and my last session didn't end well...)

I have recently rediscovered that I can still roller skate, however, and plan to invest in a new pair soon! Now to get my hubby going!! :)

•♥ Ally ♥• said...

what beautiful pictures. There are certainly fun. Yesterday it snowed even in Rome, yuppiiii! and by 1956 that was not a snowfall as it should. Cindy a hug

Buttercup said...

The pictures are great. You're having so much fun! I'm not a winter or winter-sport fan. I've tried both kinds of skiing and skating and I'm miserable in the cold.

Rebecca said...

I used to skate, too - ice-skating particularly when I was in 5th-6th grades; then roller skating during my teens.

I'm not much of a winter sports person. I do NOT like the cold.

Shannon@Cozy Home Scenes said...

Oh, I wish I could join you and have you teach me how to skate on ice. When I was very young, several friends and I enjoyed roller skating but I have always thought it would be so much fun to ice skate. We have an indoor ice rink here but I haven't tried skating there. It is relatively warm here so it would have to be indoors at the rink or come visit you in that cold far away land. Heehee. It looks like everyone was having a great time! There will be lots of good memories for the children to treasure forever. Glad you didn't break anything!--------- Shannon


Look at you! I wish; I can`t skate to save me life, lol!


podso said...

Good for you to skate as fast as you can! I never was good at ice skating but loved to roller skate and did a lot of that in my teen and early 20s and then later taking our kids to the roller rink.

What fun for you to do this with your grandchildren!

Faye Henry said...

It is wonderful that you are still skating, Cindy.. I used to love to skate and did until I fell and knocked myself out... grin.. I think I was in my thirties... Haven't tried it since..
I wish I had not of stopped now..
God bless you, my friend..

Maple Lane said...

What a lovely post, Cindy. Growing up in Georgia, I never learned to ice skate but it looks like so much fun! How wonderful for you to have new skates and enjoy a sport with the grandchildren. Your photos are absolutely beautiful!

Pamela said...

Oh what fun!!
I always wished I was a better skater. This is something I never mastered! Good for you Cindy doing this at 50!!!
Maybe I need my own ice rink to practice!
Pamela xo

miabellavintage said...

You are so young to have grandkids at that age! WOW. You look great and it does not look too cold. Oh, a prairie winter. Where did you live in northern BC?

Millie said...

Good for you, Cindy! I'd love to have driven by to see you on the ice! Tonight our son and son-in-law and some friends are skating too, and our son said it will be his first time in 15 years!

Pamela Gordon said...

These are great photos Cindy! I used to love ice skating and did so until about 10 years go. The last time I tried my feet and ankles hurt so much I had to go inside. I guess those days are over. I would like to try the new type of figure skates but am afraid to now. We grew up skating on a city outdoor rink right behind our house. It was wonderful and we were out there nearly every day after school. I'm glad you and your hubby got new skates and still enjoy it. Have fun! Hugs, Pamela

thistlewoodfarm said...

I love to ice skate....even though....I am terrible! LOL!


ℳartina @ Northern Nesting said...

Cindy looks like you guys had so much fun! I can't skate for my life!! My cousin and her family that live in Ottawa used to skate all the time.

cuori e perline said...

Wow ! What beautiful pictures!
since tuesday it snowed here where I live... it's crazy because I live near the beach .... but I love the snow !!!!!

Pondside said...

I still have the skates that I got for my 16th birthday. They are antiques! I used to love to skate - we'd go to the arena every weekend and skate in circles, arm in arm. What fun it was!

Greet Lefèvre said...

Cindy, this is marvellous!!! I never dared trying this!!

Gail said...

O'Cindy, it looks like you had a wonderful time making memories with your grand kids! I've only skated once in my life and needless to say, I stayed on my bottom the whole time...LOL Have a great day my friend and stay warm, Gail

oldthings said...

Dear Cindy
Wonderful photos with your family.Your gradchildren must be very pround for you !!
Have a nice day

Tanna at The Brick Street Bungalow said...

Oh, girl!! My hat's off to you!! I am such a clutz that I could never roller skate, let alone ICE skate!! I am so impressed. And, what a wonderful thing to enjoy with your grandchildren... I'll enjoy soaring through you! blessings ~ Tanna

Shelia said...

Hi Cindy! What fun you must have had and to think that is a pond. I love the joy of all of your faces. Now me, I can't even roller skate so I'm so impressed you can do this! :)
Be a sweetie,
shelia ;)

Rhonda said...

your pictures are beautiful, but no ice skating going on here. We are having a very mild winter, some bugs are even coming out of dormancy, I found a cricket and a spider in my house last week.

Tammy@Beatrice Banks said...

Wow! Didn't know you were a skater! I can't skate worth a flip and don't even try any more. But I if I had to choose between ice and roller skating, ice would win. I used to love to go the ice rink when I was a little girl. Of course, I clung to the sides most of the time. Looks like you had a fun day!

Special K said...

Look at you go!! I love outdoor skating =) I have such good memories as a kid going to the rinks that were built at the park with my mom and brothers. Your grandkids are very lucky to have such a cool grandma to go with them ;)
Love you!! xox

Karah @ thespacebetweenblog said...

I Love to ice skate, but haven't for the longest time. How fun to pick up old loves. Love the pics of you and your grandkids!

Lauren @ My Wonderfully Made said...

How wonderful! Wish I had the courage to give it a try -- your pictures are adorable!

nannykim said...

I do miss skating. I , too, grew up doing it as a kid. We had several ponds we used near our home. We also had a place we used near our vacation home. My daughter recently had her 5 year old go to a rink on a Daddy date in NC--they have an indoor rink not far from where they live, I think! I just don't feel attracted to an indoor rink, however!

Nancy @ Nancy's Daily Dish said...

Hi Cindy,

What a fun post! And how sweet of your son to give you all ice skates. It looks like you are having so much fun and what a wonderful way to do so, with your grand children. I loved reading about your childhood memories of skating and tobogganing down the hills. That truly sounds like a winter dream! I personally love the snow, even as an adult, and though I'd probably bust my buns I'd give ice skating a try as an adult.

Thanks for sharing your memories, past and present!

Happy ice skating,


p/s I love your header and probably have said that before. And, my husband would love to live where you do!

Nancy said...

Hi Cindy,
I never did learn to ice skate, but reading your adventures on ice makes me wish I had! It does look like so much fun!

(your friend Nancy from Iowa)

Diane said...

I must admit I have not been on a pair of skates for many years. When I was a young girl I lived in my skates during the winter, we had a creek behind our house - day and night someone was always using it. Looks like you had a great outing with your grandkids. Diane

❁Velma ~Down Our Country Road❁ said...

I have never gone ice skating and that's not an uncommon phrase here in Oklahoma. One has to go to an indoor arena to enjoy the sport here.
Going ice skating during recess and lunch? I would have never thought of it but why not?
In my younger years, IF we got enough snow, we might be able to go sledding but that's about it. As much as I love the sight of snow and how it clings to everything, I'd rather be indoors enjoying it near a warm fire. :)

Robin said...

You look like your having a great time. I've always loved skating too. My girls are just now starting to like it as much as I did.

Sue said...

I am jealous! I have not been on skates in years. Probably at least five and then it was to the indoor rink. Boring..... My absolute favorite was in Vanderhoof, skating on the creek and after it snowed making our trails and 'houses'. Now 'that' was fun!!!
xoxo Sue

Danni Baird @ Silo Hill Farm said...

Ohhhhh...I'm so homesick now! Grew up outside Chicago and we had a small creek just outside from our house. We all skated all winter long and seemed like we never got cold! Then I moved to Montana and learned to Cross Country Ski...loved that! Now I'm in S.W. Missouri and we just don't get long freezes or much snow. Do get some wicked ice storms though...ugh. Thanks for visiting my blog and Im following you via Linky!

rosarod said...

Hi Cindy, nice activity that includes family, your precious grandchildren. At least you have not stopped practicing or performing this activity! and that's an achievement. Here, you know we live in an eternal summer, and the times we have traveled vestments do not practice for the falls, where it is wonderful that you do, in your childhood as well as by today, hugs, Rose M.

thistlewoodfarm said...

Cindy....Linda at "its all about paint" featured you too! Your armoire is a celebrity!


Ana said...

Can you believe I have never ice-skated before...I know how to roller-skate though. Well, I knew how to roller-skate. I haven't done it in a loooong time, not sure if I'd remember how. Anyway, I wish I could come over so you could teach me how to ice-skate...That would be so much fun. At least you would get a good laugh seeing me try...Hee, hee, hee.

Much love,

Elizabeth and Gary said...

Hi Cindy,
Catching up with you today and boy have you been one busy girl..I love your armoire it turned out beautiful!! so perfect for your fabulous front room. The little side table is so that too!
Gary and I just had our fireplace redone to fit a gas insert, after the work was done we repainted it. I have not posted about it yet. I can't wait to see your fireplace, I love brick so much.
How fun to ice-skate I haven't skated in forever. I use to enjoy it, when our daughter Desire' was little we had her in lessons. How fun to have a pond right out side your door...
Have a sweet day my friend, big hugs, Elizabeth

Betty said...

Cindy, you are amazing! You look lovely with your grandchildren. Those photos would look good on a Christmas card.

RicKaren said...

I love this post! Have never ice-skated, but always wanted to!

Pat @ Mille Fiori Favoriti said...

Ahhhhh...I love ice skating but haven't done so in a few years! I miss a friend who moved away as she used to go with me. My husband is afraid to skate and it isn't as much fun to go alone. Wish I could join you!