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Wednesday, February 23, 2011

Surviving Winter: Winter Sports

Now that my kids are getting a little older, I decided it was time for us to pick up on winter sports. We live in an area where it is cold weather for nearly half of the year some years. Even in a warm year, you have at least three months where you don't want to be going outside much--and those don't come around very often (those warm years).

I decided we need to A) Do something that required some physical activity and B) Do more than "survive" winter--we need to "thrive" through winter! Enjoy it! Have things to look forward to! A winter hobby that made us excited to see winter come.

There are a lot of winter sports: snow shoeing, cross country skiing, snowmobiling, snowboarding, skiing, and ice skating name a few. We decided to go with ice skating this year. We signed up for lessons for Brayden (5) and Kaitlyn (3). McKenna will be able to start lessons when she is 3. They both had a great time. I don't feel bad about Brayden not taking lessons until he was 5 because he caught on quickly. Kaitlyn was timid and slow about it, but I don't feel bad about her starting at 3, either. She was able to pass level one, though I do think we will put her in level one again the next time she takes the class just so she can get a really solid foundation under her before moving on.

So my point here is, find something your family can do during less than ideal weather that you can look forward to. Thrive--no matter what time of year!

By the way, I got thinking that since this is an indoor rink, ice skating will be a great summer activity, too! It will be fun to go cool off! We do also have outdoor rinks here in the winter--so this will be a relatively easy and inexpensive winter sport to pursue as a young family.

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