Sunday, June 04, 2006

Ice Skating

(Picture above: Alexandra outside of skating rink wearing her ice skating outfit minus the black jacket, blue mittens, and rented ice skates. The pictures in the rink didn't turn out very well.)

On Thursday, Alexandra started lessons for her newest sport - ice skating. Alexandra had been ice skating twice before she started skating in February. Those previous times were near Christmastime as a local mall puts up an outdoor ice rink. Both times Alexandra used a "walker" and only made it around the rink once. She hated it!

We made some new homeschool friends and they started taking ice skating lessons and were loving it. So, in late February, we finally went skating with them one day. What an amazing difference! The 2 young girls taught her how to skate! By the end of that day, she was skating without holding on to the wall!

Since then we've been about 6 times. She's been loving it so we decided to do lessons this summer. They started her out in the very beginning class for 3-5 year olds. It was way too easy.

Today we took one private lesson to have her tested and put in the appropriate group. She passed through all 4 "Tot" levels and is almost done with Beginner 1, which is for 6-8 year olds.

Best of all, she's really enjoying it. I can't wait to see where this goes. I've always loved ice skating and hope I can some day watch her doing spins and jumps! And, I'm learning from her and her friends, too. Maybe I'll do spins and jumps one day!

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