So, we took a day off yesterday. It’s been February vacation for our boys, as with most children, so Josh took the day off from work. We wanted to do something special with the boys, and even though it’s been kind of a strange winter for cold and snow, we took them sliding. We went up to Josh’s grandmother’s farmland and went sliding on a road, out through the woods.
That hill was so long! We went flying down over it and only went about 4 times. The boys were exhausted more and more with each climb! It was the perfect weather for outdoor activities with young kids. It was sunny with a little bit of a breeze. Perfect. None of the boys dared to go down the hill by themselves, so 3 of us would pile in one sled and the other 2 would pile in another.
I got stuck with the bad sled. Every time we’d go down, the front of the sled would dig into the “snowbank” and snow would fly up into our faces. It would then lose total control, and we’d have to bail out right before we’d go flying down over the ditch! Of course, Josh and 1 of the boys would go flying by us. Regardless, it was a blast!
After this adventure, we took the kids to our local park area- Hippach Field. They flood a certain part of one of the soccer fields into an ice rink every year. So, for the first time ever, (I know, shame on us) we took the boys ice skating. Josh and I had grown up ice skating, seems though I lived right through the woods from a lake, and Josh was good friends with my cousins. We’d play hockey whenever we’d have the chance, and it was always So. Much. Fun.
The boys did pretty well for their first time. Andy got sick of it after a very short period of time. He couldn’t figure out how to stand up straight, while slipping and sliding everywhere, so he just kind of hung over the walking bar, and just stayed there for a while. Or, he’d allow himself to fall to the ground and just lay there.
Nicholas figured it out pretty quick. He held onto the walking bar for a while, but then after showing him how to keep his balance, he was smiling and skating in no time!
Jonny did good, too! He liked to use the walking bar most of the time, but I think that was mostly because his skates were a little too big for him. His foot kept lobbing off to the side, because his foot had too much room on the inside. He loved it, though.
We also saw some of our friends there, too! That was a nice surprise, and their girls liked to help out with the boys, too.
I figured out that skating when you’re 32 is a lot different than when you’re 22. I can still skate really well, just like I used to, but there are times when you hit one of those holes in the ice? Yeah… My body didn’t respond very well to that- twice actually. I now have an egg on my knee, a big, ugly bruise on my leg and feel like I was hit by a truck, while I was sleeping last night. BUT, it was all so worth it! We had such a wonderful day together.
We ended the day by going to our local cinema and watching a cartoon, and then we grabbed some brick oven pizzas across the road. Delicious, as always! (If you’re ever in Farmington, Maine, you must try “The Stone Hearth Cafe/The Greenwood Dining Room”. It’s 2 restaurants in one, and they serve the most delicious food. It’s a must-try!)
As our boys are getting older, we’re realizing the importance of setting more time aside to spend with them. Our lives get so busy that we forget we’re running out of time with them. They will only be young for a short amount of time. Soon enough, they will be graduating from high school, and we’ll be sitting there wondering where all the time went. We don’t want to be sitting there regretting the fact that we never made any special memories with them.
Whenever Josh and I talk about this, I always tell him that someday, I want our boys sitting around our dining room table, with their families, Lord-willing, and hearing them talk about all the wonderful memories they were able to make with each other and with all of us. I would hate them to be sitting there complaining that we never did anything, or that we were always cranky, or that we never taught them anything in life. I want to be the type of mother that my sons will be proud of, respect and love wholeheartedly. I don’t want to smother them. I want to guide them. I want them to know that we are here, no matter what.
Our boys are not spoiled by any means, but they are spoiled with love. I am the type of mother that gives out way too many hugs and kisses, but thankfully, none of my boys are embarrassed about that yet. It just might break my heart the first time one of them pushes me away. I just love them all so much.
I hope that we continue to do little things like this with our boys throughout the years. We don’t have to spend tons of money to make a memory. We just need to make memories. Our boys will always remember yesterday- the very first time they went ice skating. This makes me smile.
What was the last memory that you made with your family?
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