Brendan and I haven't spent that much time apart since we met way back in high school. We took many of the same high school classes, quite a lot of the same university credits and started working together in the same physical office more than a decade ago. So it goes without saying that I missed him when he went away for two whole nights for our church's youth alpha program.
I wasn't exactly lonely though because Grandma J went skating with me on Hockey Day in Canada Saturday. The night before was extremely cold and we nearly chickened out, but by the time we were ready to go it was a balmy -10 degrees and the skating was pretty nice. Elizabeth was really bundled up with boots and mittens inside her snowsuit, and then wrapped in several layers of blankets. I would have stopped for a picture with the Ottawa Senators who were playing on the ice beside us but it turned out to be just SpartaCat and the Ottawa Senators Alumni versus the NHL Oldtimers, which wasn't nearly exciting enough to consider waking up the peacefully sleeping baby! We skated the full length of the canal that was open, about 3.3 km.
On Sunday Grandma and Grandpa J kindly picked Elizabeth, Janice and I up and drove us to church. After church we had lunch at Grandma's and then Grandma, Auntie Janice, Cousin Heather, Elizabeth and I all went skating again. I'm trying to set a personal canal skating record this year (won't be too hard, I usually only get out a few times and I'm already up to three!) Heather and Janice bought beavertails and tried to feed Elizabeth her first bite. I wasn't too jealous, although I do need to find a gluten-free version! Unfortunately, Elizabeth was too tired to even open her mouth. Maybe next time!
On February 3, 2010 at 05:22 pm
Skating the Canal - wow that sounds amazing!!! Considering this is the first year I've even seen frozen water of any sort in Alabama, we don't exactly get the "Skating outdoors" experience.
On February 4, 2010 at 09:04 am
Outdoor ice skating is so much fun and seems more stable to me than indoor rinks. I lived in Germany for 6 months during my senior year of high school and skating on the outdoor rinks was one of my favorite things to do.
That's so cool that you get to take Elizabeth out for these activities so young but I guess that's the norm up there. :)