Thursday, February 4

Ice Skating...

I just had to do a layout with Rainee ice skating for the first time. It was a moment to remember.

Every year during the holidays we go the Mission Inn... they do the most amazing light display... they use millions of lights... it's really beautiful. Plus they have a little street fair and all the fun shops stay open late.... in addition to all that this year, they had a small outdoor ice rink... and as soon as Rainee saw it she wanted to go ice skating. To which we said yes... but only after we ate dinner at our favorite Mexican restaurant and then walk around a bit to see everything.

Since she saw it before we went to dinner... you can imagine what dinner was like... all she did was talk about going ice skating.... and when are we going to go. Then when we finally got there... Steve's decided it's not his 'thing'... so I took her out while he watched and took photos. Which was nice for me, because I rarely get to be in any photos with Rainee. Anyway, she did fall a couple of times at the start, but for the most part she a great job. She didn't want to stop even when they got out the Zamboni... and she, of course, was ready and raring to go when the ice was done.... she was so excited. She had the BEST TIME!!!

At one point, while we were skating, she asked me if my mommy ever took me ice skating. And it brought about a whole rush of memories. I told her about the first time I remembered... I was about Rainee's age... and how my mom held my hands as I went forward and she went backwards... I loved watching her glide around the rink. My mom loved to skate... she was an unbelievable skater. Every winter no matter what else we did during the winter season, she always made sure she took us skating. I remembered how much I loved skating... it was amazing going down memory lane with Rainee... doing exactly what my mom had done with me.... teaching a daughter to skate.

It's funny how a memory of your own childhood will come to you when you least expect it... how it will wash over you and remind you of how sweet it is... but then what is even more amazing, is that you're making the same memory with your own child... wow! Anyway, it was such a lovely way to spend a winter's evening and such a lovely way to share a memory... sooooooo I of course had to put it on paper.

Then with my little bits of leftovers I made this snowflake card.

Do you have a favorite memory you did as a child and you've found yourself doing the exact same thing with your own kids... would love you to share it. Have a lovely day!

(Layout Materials: Paper: My Minds Eye, Coredinations, DCWV, BoBunny, Laser Paper: KI, Rub-on: Creative Imaginations, Snowflakes: K&Co, Heidi Swapp, Letters: Creative Imaginations, Heidi Swapp, Glitter (behind ghost letters): Stampendous, Buttons: Joann's)
(Card Materials: DCWV, BoBunny, Snowflake Punch: Martha Stewart, Border Punch: Fiskars, Letters: Creative Imaginations, Rhinestones: Joann's)


JustJoan said...

Lovely photos, lovely layout, lovely memories! xo

sarah said...

holy mackerel! that LO is GORGEOUS. and to top that, i LOVE the memories behind you gals going ice skating!

tell your lil pumpkin that she needs to come and visit... my dogs would have such a field day with her around. :)

btw, do you mind if you send pics of rainee over my way? i'd LOVE to scrap her. she's way to ADORABLE!

one gal's trash said...

What a sweet story about Rainee's first time on the ice. Your work is so beautiful! Looking forward to seeing you next month.

deana said...

I've been known to have to choke back tears for the oddest reasons. Usually it's when Bryn is experiencing something for the first time. I can just get overcome with emotion all of a sudden.

The LO is gorgeous & so is the story behind the photos!

Big hugs...

Julie Tucker-Wolek said...

i can not tell u enough how much i loveeeeeeeeeeeeeeee your stories...they simply amaze me.....sooooooooo touching...loveeeeeeeeeeeeeee the lo and the card!!! gorgeous! :):):):):):):):):):):):):):):):):)