Monday, November 10, 2008

Blades of Glory

Our goal today was to get school and lunch finished and head outside. I kept the girls motivated all through their Italian lessons, and we heated up leftovers for lunch. Everyone kept their eye on the clock and could not keep from drifting over to the window, and looking longingly out on the lake. Even mom and dad!









Yes, we were all waiting to go SKATING! Somehow the stars aligned and we didn't get snow before the lake froze, or huge storm and overflow, or rain and sleet after a hurricane or or or. Instead, we had the perfect ice! Windswept, black as night, and smooth as glass.












This is me on skates. Ignore the dusty laces. Doesn't mean I have not skated in awhile. Not at all. (okay, just shut up and hold my hand okay?)







We skated out across our lake and over to the cove. The day was gorgeous, and actually pretty warm.



Handsome hubby in the grass by the shoreline.






Penelope found a frozen sucker fish stuck under the ice. He was about ten inches long, and by the look on his face he was in a very bad mood the day he died. Uppy named him "Frozo" and wanted to cut him out of the ice and take him home to examine him further. She loves science.










The girls pause to switch from figure skates to hockey skates







Michael and Chena had to skate home and take off for basketball practice, but Penelope and I stayed out there a bit longer. It was too beautiful out there, and I didn't want to leave the lake.




But finally we had enough, and we skated home for hot english toffee mocha, and a warm woodstove!



















12 comments:

Jess :) said...

Oh, how fun!! Lucky lady!! :D What a great day! :)

Andi (RrlScrapGal) said...

Oh your family is so adorable!
Confession: I am a 'keep my feet on the ground' girl!!! Oh my... I would be so dang scared doing that - even though I did it as a kid in Missouri...
What temp was it outside??? 20 below???? Dang it must be cold there!!!!!

Denise K. said...

Oh what good fun!!! The day looked incredible and the lake so pretty! I loved your description of the entire exeprience...but then, I just love everything about your blog! :-)

The Empty Envelope said...

Ooh lovely! We have a city owned lot in our neighborhood that they flood in the winter. But since my kids have been big enough, it's either too cold (like negative teens) or it's too warm and it's slushy! Maybe this year. I like the MN nights, watching the kids play hockey from the comfort of my home, lol.

Lori said...

That sounds like so much fun!
Penelope is so cute, wanting to examine that sucker fish further. That's exactly what Preston would want to do.

What a wonderful day. I felt like I was there with you.

The Empty Envelope said...

Oh please, use that poem! He has another one that is more well known, called The Dreamers (Sassoon). There are lots of youtube class projects on it.

Mandi said...

How beautiful! Looks like a woderful day!

Kim said...

Wonderful photography, as usual. Love the steely gray--your camera caught the look perfectly.

mmm . . . English toffee mocha . . .

Shelley said...

sweeeet pics! Here in good ol' Arkansas ice skating occurs only indoors!

Carole said...

Wow, the lake still looked like water, I almost didn't believe it was really frozen over until I got to the pics of you guys skating on it. Seems like just yesterday you all were wading in the water in swimsuits...fall went by quick!

FlipFlop Mom said...

WOW.. I can't believe you already have ICE.. well.. I guess I can believe it.. tee hee..
Here in NH.. it's like 45 degrees and raining.. the weather is SOOO STRANGE..

KraftyKerilou said...

That looks like fun,too! We do something similar on the river behind our house, but it won't freeze solid enough until Mid January!!
Keri