Warm Fuzzies On A Cold Day

Sofia concentrating hard

I am of the opinion that if one is going to make a fool of herself on the ice, it makes it more bearable in a cute jacket.

My cute (and now hairy faced) husband working it.

Gabe skating all by himself

Couple skating to some cheesy 80′s music. After one too many 80′s songs, I had to exit. The music was more unbearable than the pain in my ankles from tight ice skates.


I have to admit that I am a person that likes to stay in my comfort zone sometimes. I often have a hard time with change and don’t usually push myself too much out of my comfort zone. Ice skating is something way out of my comfort zone. I went a couple of times as a kids and then once in college. The last time that I went in college, I looked like a tall clumsy girl totally out of her element, and I was.

Chris’ parents live up the street from an ice skating rink. In the 6 years that they have lived there, I have never once suggested that we go ice skating. Mind you, a couple of those years, I had tiny babies, and falling on ice just didn’t seem like something my sore tush needed. This last Christmas, I decided that I was going to initiate ice skating. I didn’t want to do it all, but you see, I have a little daughter who also doesn’t like to be pushed out of her comfort zone and sometimes has a hard time trying new things when they look hard. I kept feeling like this would be a good thing to do together, and so we did.

I played it pretty safe on the ice skating (or more like walking) around on the ice with at least one kid in tow. We skated for awhile and both kids were falling a ton, and Sofia was getting pretty frustrated. When it was time to stop skating so that they could work on the ice, I went on a walk with a friend, and then Chris and the kids skated a little more. When I saw Chris afterward, he said that the kids went back onto the ice with a new determination and within a few minutes, they were both managing to get around on their own. I was bummed that I missed it, but we did get to go skating one more time.

I definitely would not say that any of  us were looking like stars on the ice, but I was feeling happy to be with my family, pushing myself in a way that wasn’t comfortable. That is  how we grow as people,and I hope that I can continue to try and improve and be a better role model for my kids. I know that my kids can do anything they set their minds to if they work hard enough. I think that I need to believe that for myself more sometimes.

Wendy M. - January 25, 2012 - 6:12 am

Good for you, Kara! I gave up after two attempts at ice skating…you really are brave to push yourself out of your comfort zone. You are setting a great example for your kids! (Oh, and I love the coat!)

adrienne w - January 25, 2012 - 10:51 am

Fun, fun! Ice skating is part of growing up in Canada. I did it all the time as a child. We did it outside on lakes as a family. I used to go to public skating every Friday night was an older child. It was fun. That being said, we’ve never taken our kids. I just can’t figure out logistically how to take 4 young kids skating! They have gone for school field trips, but didn’t really enjoy it, because with the adult to child ratio they didn’t have much help. But you have inspired me to give it a try somehow! We have many outdoor rinks and Denver and I even have our own skates!! No excuses! Except I’m sure I can come up with some…

camie - January 25, 2012 - 6:01 pm

That looks like fun! Camille has been dying to go ice skating but I told her I didn’t think there was one anywhere around.

Kara - January 25, 2012 - 10:56 pm

Thanks :). I am impressed with something you do every year (well I am actually impressed with a lot of things)….the polar bear plunge with your kiddos. What a great/fun mom you are Wendy!
I love that you own your own ice skates. Are you that cool person spinning circles and skating backwards :)?
This was in Southern Oregon… not sure of the closest place.. .maybe Salem, but for sure Portland.