We had the kids for three full days before Christmas and did our best to keep them busy. Sue prepared a number of crafts, and we took them to public skating at the arena twice. It was free for these days, sponsored by some business or other, but it isn't a very expensive proposition in any case. It is a nice and appreciated thing for businesses to do at Christmas though.
Danica improved somewhat from a few days prior when we saw her at her lessons. Sue advised her to lean forward more instead of standing straight up or even leaning backwards, and it seemed to help. For the most part, she would only push off twice — once with each skate — before going into a safe glide, but sometimes she did four or even more. Good going, (As you can see, she met a friend at on onee the the days, which was an unexpected treat for her.)
Jonathan did really well, even seeming to improve from the first to the second day, during which he did some pretty fancy maneuvers.
An just in case, you want more of both kids, here are two videos, one of each child. They are both about a minute long, give or take.
Danica is improving. Jonathan is doing well. What fun to have them for a few days. Grandparent fun.
My granddaughter is pretty good at learning ice skating. She is coordinated in many other physical activities. My grandson needs to work at it. One wonders why some find certain challenges easy and others not so much.
We do have an ice rink close by (including ice hockey team), but I wouldn't know whether you could just go there and skate on your own.
Sadly, I never have learned to skate and it seems like such a fun thing to do. I wish I had been able to skate as a child, but no ice anywhere near me in UK. Good for your grandchildren, well done both of them!
Wonderful captures of the kids on skates, John. Have a wonderful week going into 2016!
Jealous -- I never learned to skate. No ice in Florida when I was growing up. And I never learned to roller skate either, being a bit of a klutz.
Kudos to Danica for hanging in there! It must be hard for her to see how quickly JJ has caught on but her tenacity will pay off!
I love the photo of Danica obviously celebrating success.
Years ago, I tried skating but was never very adept; however Danica and JJ seem to be getting much better. Thanks for sharing what looked like a fun holiday outing!
See???Hahaa...Look how fast she has gotten!
And JJ's just a natural!
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