We spent the day on Saturday hanging out with friends. We picked a 2 hour time slot and rented skates and we all took to the ice. In all, our crew consisted of 8 adults and 3 children. Yes, it was a birthday outing for little man and yes the adults far outnumbered the children. So? The people there were people who we love.
I wasn’t sure how this ice-skating trip would go. We chose this activity after we walked by a park several months ago and Jay saw people ice-skating and said “I would like to try that.”
My friend Juddles, texted me saying, “I’m terrible at ice-skating so I may only go around once and then sit out the rest of the day. If you don’t want to pay for my ticket, that would be fine. I won’t mind babysitting the bags and watching you guys.”
I replied with; “Nope. You’re doing it. We’re all bad. Plus, for all I know, Jay will go around once and decide he hates it and he might sit out the entire day too.”
We all ended up having a good time. Some of us, while wobbly, were able to get around the rink without holding on or falling. Some of us hugged the banister the entire way around. Some of us got brave and took risks and fell multiple times.
No-one got hurt.
The kids each figured out their own technique. Jay held my hand for his first trip around the rink and then he was on his own. He walked/ran his way around and said he was having lots of fun. I don’t think I ever saw him actually glide on the ice. Ace developed a push with one foot and glide on the other technique. Kind of like skate boarding. Hey, whatever works.
Following the ice-skating we grabbed some food and then headed back to our house for more hanging out. It was totally impromptu. The kids disappeared to the basement while the adults congregated in the kitchen. I guess, in that sense, every home is the same. The kitchen becomes the hang out spot. I really enjoyed our time. My house was kind of a mess; No-one cared. I spent time washing dishes while we were talking. I forced them to try the peanut butter I like. We face-timed with one persons mom. She didn’t know us or us her. I told one that he was the bartender and pointed him in the direction of the glasses. We compared closet sizes and they liked our shower curtain. We talked loud and laughed a lot!
I really love our circle. I feel so blessed to know the people I know and to have them support us and our boys. The outing was planned to celebrate Jays birthday but I’m pretty sure I got the best gift.