You can’t beat a family tradition when it comes to Christmas, can you? The first time you do it, you don’t realise that it will become a tradition, but then a few years down the line that is exactly what it has become.
For the past few years, since Alice was 3 years we’ve gone ice skating with my family. It’s my parents treat for their granddaughters and it’s fast becoming one of my favourite times of the year. I love ice skating and it seems my girls are following in my footsteps. Andy isn’t a fan of it and doesn’t go on the ice and I’m grateful for seals and penguins, to help me out!
With my brother and his family spending Christmas in Edinburgh with my sister in laws family, we had planned to have a festive day all together today and what better to do, than our annual ice skating.
Holly was really excited and kept telling me she wanted a seal, thank goodness as I wasn’t ready for her to go out on her own. And Alice was telling me she was a big girl now and didn’t need a seal, eek!
When we arrived, we saw that this year as well as seals, they had penguins and my niece and Alice decided they would be perfect for them. Hooray!
We headed onto the ice and my sister in law and I took in it turns to whizz around the ice pushing Holly, who just loved it and had the biggest grin on her face. While the other one went around with Alice and Ruby with their penguins.
But, you won’t be surprised to learn that Holly got braver and wanted to skate herself. To start with she was happy to use the seal and then half way around she suddenly decided she could skate without it. It’s safe to say she is my daughter, the little dare devil. She just wants to do everything and has a streak of determination in her.
I can never say no to her, (unless it was dangerous!) because she does things that I would have done as a child. I see me in her so much and I don’t want to stop her, being her.
We then mixed it up a bit, with Alice and Ruby each having ago on the seal, being whizzed around by either Shelagh or I. Ruby was pushing Holly around on the seal and Alice was going around just holding Shelagh’s hand.
We had a brilliant time, the girls loved it and I definitely loved it. It’d definitely getting easier, as they all get a year older. With ice skating done, we headed for lunch and a well needed rest.
Another year of family ice skating done and the best year yet. Holly has already asked if we can go skating again.
A few photos taken by Andy (not a bad effort!)…
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