January 26, 2009
Its been and exciting weekend here ( at least for the kids). On Sunday Xander got to go ice skating for the first time. Dylan was supposed to go as well but once we got to Nana's house he decided it would be much better to stay inside where it was warm than go outside in the cold ice. There is an outdoor rink right beside Bills parents house so all we had to do was cross the yard and we were there. The only problem being was the 5 feet of snow in the yard.... I was literally up to my waist trying to get across the yard!
So Xander gets to the rink and in typical Xander fashion ventures out onto the ice with no fear at all. Bill on the other hand who had also strapped on a pair of skates was a different story. This was the first time Bill had skated since he was about 10 and even back then he didn't do it well. I kept boots on figuring I would have to pick both of them up off the ice! So Bill takes off out on to the ice does a little circle and seems to be okay...till it comes time to stop. I then find out he never did learn how to do that and he uses the boards to stop!
Well after 15 minutes Bill had given up because the skates were hurting his feet but Xander stayed out skating for about 45 minutes. Which surprised me since it was so cold out. He did quite well but I think a lot had to do with the fact that it was -22 outside. The ice was so cold that the skate blades were not melting when they cut the ice, and the ice was not slippery at all. Xander had a blast though and wants to go out again tomorrow!
Dylan is my inside kid...he hates the cold and if you ask him to go outside in it he will tell you "its feezen out here!" Today Dylan was a little bored since Xander had to go back to school so I asked him if he wanted to make brownies. Dylan loves to bake ( I think it has more to do with eating the stuff after!) so this was a good activity for him. I pretty much let him do it all himself since all he has to do is dump stuff in and give the bowl of the mixer a spin. He made the whole thing him self with very minimal help from me and was so proud of himself! He had to tell Xander all about it when he got home from school. The brownies actually turned out very good!