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Tuesday, January 05, 2010

Life Is Therapy - Roller Skating

Every once in a while Kayla brings home a flyer from the PTO about "Family Skate Night." I've never gone because I thought it would be a waste of time and money since Kayla's never even been on roller skates before - so what fun would that be if she couldn't participate?

Um, hello!? What was I thinking? Or not thinking as the case may be.

If I never take her, then how will she ever get a chance to try out roller skating?! And I remember going to roller skating rinks when I was a kid and loving it.

Ever since Kayla was born I've always been about providing her with all those 'typical' experiences and just getting out in the community and trying things and doing things.

So when the flyer came home in Dec I thought, "Why not take her? She might like it, or it might turn in to a disaster...but I won't know unless we go."

They had the plastic beginner skates that go over your shoes (why have I not bought these for her before? I don't know, I guess I didn't think she would have the balance or coordination for skating...I know what she's getting for her birthday now!)

We started off going around with me holding her hand, then she held on to the half-wall and 'walked' herself around.

Her favorite was when the lights when down and the disco ball came on. She let go of that half- wall and made her way to the middle of the rink. Once in the middle of the rink she kept going around in little circles (without holding on to me) and was so, so, so proud of herself. She kept saying "I did it!"

There was falling...a lot of falling. But she got back up each and every time and giggled through most of it.

There was even the limbo. She did the limbo. The first time going under the bar I held her hand and went through it with her and I knocked the bar down; so next time around I let her go by herself :) She made it through 3 rounds of limbo.

We tried the regular skates but I think they were too 'heavy' feeling on her feet and the wheels too fast for her, so back to the plastic skates.

So the verdict? She loved it! Absolutely loved it. The next morning when we were putting our shoes on to go somewhere she asked me if we were going skating again - so now I can't wait for the next flyer to come home and go do this again.

If roller skating isn't fun therapy then I don't know what is!

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Julie Julie Bo Boolie said...

WTG Kayla!

The Girls' Mommy said...

Oh I LOVE it! Maybe we'll try, too.

ABandCsMom said...

Awesome!! Way to go Kayla! Our school does roller skating once a month. We always took our other two kids. But, never thought Carly would really be able to grasp it. Hmm..now you have me thinking.

Anonymous said...

Way to go Kayla! Michelle, you're an inspiration to me!

Mom24 said...

Great job! I've never taken my kids, but we do have the plastic skates and it's a disaster every.time.we.get.them.out. I hate it!

It's great that she's found another activity she can enjoy and share with other kids.

Cammie Heflin said...

That made me cry! Way to go Kayla!

Tausha said...

Wow, that is so awesome!!! You go Kayla.

nicole @ much more than a mom said...

That's just awesome! We have those skates for our kids for outside (junior rollerblades) and they love them too.

I wish we had a place like that here!

Shelley said...

That's great - looks like so much fun!

Corey~living and loving said...

oooooooooooo how fun! I love love love skating. haven't done it with Sugar yet...but I can't wait.

Chrystal said...

That's fantastic! I love it!

Christina said...

How cute! I should take mine too!

mommytoalot said...

Whoo hoooo!! That is awesome. Way to go .
I have never even tried to take my kids...we bought Joey plastic skates ..oh gosh..ages ago..and he could never stand in them..
Love this post.

mommytoalot said...

My little ones just watched the video with me again..and they said..again ..i want to watch the little girl again.
..she's an inspiration for sure.

Bailey's Leaf said...

I could tell that she loved it!

K- went to a roller skating party. She spent more time on her behind than upright, but she had a great time and keeps asking when we can go back.

Hooray for Kayla!

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Beverly said...

how exciting. love this. hope to take Noah soon

Anonymous said...

awww, she looks so cute! You can tell how much she loved it!
love ya,

Karen said...

I love that you look for ways to give her a broad experience in life. Awesome parenting, right there.

Norris said...

Kayla that is so AWESOME!!! Looks like you had a great time roller skating and you were very good at it.

Anne and Whitney: Up, Down and All Around said...


Grandma said...

OMG look at our girl she's having a great time!!!

Anonymous said...

THAT IS ABSOLUTELY ADORABLE!!!!!! =) i remember going to the skating rink & loved it. let me know the next time you go!

<3 Kelly

Robin said...

Ok, I actually got teary eyed watching her skate. What a triumph!!!

Bethany said...

I wanna do this! She dd awesome!