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Ice Skating

The blog posts have been lacking over here because our internet connection has been terrible lately. We need to have someone out to take a look at it.

Aside from that, we’ve been busy every day with Ben. We’ve been swimming and ice skating. He and Adalia went on a hot air balloon ride. Chuck and I headed to our children’s Open House at school last night.

I have a few less-than-stellar photos of the ice skating adventure. Ice Skating, to me, has about as much appeal as sleeping naked in the snow surrounded by poisonous vipers and giant mosquitoes. It’s that whole frozen water and cold air thing. Ben, as it turns out, had only been ice skating twice before and was “very keen to try it” as he would say.

So I headed out with my six non-school kids and Ben and met up with my friend Tami.

A few of my kids have been skating once before (with Tami). This was Kalina’s very first time and she apparently really showed an aptitude for it. I had one of the guys who works there come over just to talk to me about Kalina. He said she was a natural and we ought to Β sign her up for hockey or figure skating. Kalina, a natural at skating? Who knew?

I had absolutely no intention of having Apollo ice skate. He, on the other hand, had absolutely no intention of being left out. As a result, I forked over five bucks Β for itty-bitty rental skates and admission. Honestly, he didn’t spend much time on the ice. He pretty much just cried to go on and cried to go off again. Next time, if there is a next time, I might just have to bite the bullet and take him out on the ice myself.

Ben is one of those guys who is just good at anything he tries. He skated around the rink like an old pro.

And this is Tami’s daughter, Isobel, who was pretty darn good herself.


  1. Elisabeth

    If Kalina likes it, you ought to consider signing her up for lessons. I competed as a recreational skater for 6 years and skated for about 8 total years. It can get pricey if you do competitions and hire a private coach and do synchro (all of which I did) but the Ice Skating Institute (ISI) has reasonably priced group lessons for beginners.

    Ice skating was one of the best therapies in my life. I skated through an extreme period of illness and it just kept me going. I have gained weight and can’t skate right now but I aim to lose enough to skate again. It’s exhilarating!

    If I were in your area, I’d volunteer to give her a few lessons (if she was interested). I even have a few videos of my skating on youtube. If she ever got into figure skating, I even have an old dress she might be able to use (it has never been worn, even though I’ve hung onto it for 10 years).

    Sorry, that got a little wordy. Despite having not skated for many years, the passion and excitement is still very much alive.

  2. Aaron Stevens

    Yeah, i really enjoy Ice Skating, it’s lots of fun. great photo’s too πŸ™‚ And yes Ben really has the Kiwi (new Zealand) “give it a go” attitude, and will try just about anything if it looks fun to him. πŸ™‚

    • bakersdozenandapolloxiv

      If you mean dating as in the two of them going out to dinner and movies no. If by dating you mean building a relationship that may lead somewhere some day, yes πŸ™‚

      • Tracy W.

        I thought they were! Friends first is always the perfect place to start. You are a good mom to give her a safe and “not so tempting” environment to explore her feeling in. Good for you!

      • Emily S.

        I’m so glad someone else asked! I didn’t want to seem nosy but was wondering about Adalia and Ben πŸ™‚ He seems like a very kind, adventureous guy and makes a great couple with your sweet Adalia. Praying for the Lord’s best for both of them πŸ™‚ So now I have to ask…..what does he think about the whole large family thing?

        • bakersdozenandapolloxiv

          Well, Aaron beat me to the response. Ben comes from a family with six kids, so it’s not entirely foreign to him.

      • EJ

        I understand if this is something you might not want to blog about, but I would LOVE to hear more about your vision/ideas of your children developing relationships. My husband and I never ‘dated,’ and don’t want our children to, but there were ‘structural components’ to our courtship that I’m not sure I want to pass on to my children either. I have a (very) few years yet before I will be walking that path with them, but it’ll be here before I know it!

  3. Kris

    Oh my gosh…our internet connection has been AWFUL of late too. I didn’t think to bring it up when we chatted at the open house. I’ve called twice about it, only to be told the problem is on our end (they mentioned the router specifically, though we just replaced it a couple of years ago, and it wasn’t cheap!). Knowing you’ve been having trouble too, I think I just might call again and tell them they ARE going to come out and troubleshoot the problem! That aside, as always, great pictures of the kids! I would love to upgrade our point and click camera with something like a Cannon Rebel, but I’m afraid I’ll find it totally overwhelming — do you offer lessons πŸ™‚

    • bakersdozenandapolloxiv

      Kris-I’d love to give you photo lessons! I LOVE photography and am always happy to share. You could actually try out Tilly’s Rebel if you want, she’s currently using my Canon 30D.

  4. Lou

    I LOVE the ice. I grew up having skated maybe once or twice (same as Ben, same hemisphere!) then discovered ice hockey by fluke in 2006. I was playing hockey 3 weeks later and it gave me the best times I have ever had doing a sport. My first team sport in fact. Only problem was a wee stack I had and a few ops later I’m still not able to go back to play hockey. πŸ™ But I can still skate πŸ™‚ It’s so brilliant fun.

    Btw, normally (esp in north America) there are two things you can get for little kids: double blades (they tie onto their shoes) and or a walker/pusher thing (we use chairs in Aust but I’ve seen specially made ones in the US). Gives the kids way more confidence.

  5. Jo

    I loved ice skating, my mom worked extra hrs at the hospital to pay for me to skate. I was very good at it, and one day I got lost at a rink, couldnt find my mom and I was done. I could not be convinced to go again. I have been sad about that… I had anxious issues as a child. Somehow though, I could not roller skate. You would think it would transfer over no? But it doesn’t.
    It is wonderful for Adalia to have a friend that could possibly lead to something more, what a wonderful way to get to know someone! You do well by your children Renee, they are lucky to have christian leadership in their parents.

  6. Aaron Stevens

    Haha Emily, we are a family of six in New Zealand, and Ben is 5th child and a twin (not identical), and we have lots of friends in New Zealand with large families, so we are used to it and think they are lots of fun, we have enjoyed getting to know the Bergeron Family.

    I think sleeping naked in the snow is not something I would be keen on, but I love Ice Skating πŸ™‚

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