Our other activity this weekend was a good friend's seventh birthday party, and he chose a really fun and unique setting: we all went ice skating at the U.S. Naval Academy hockey center! The kids were so excited to go. Of course once they got out on the ice, excitement turned to stress and frustration for a while...somehow they never got the memo that ice skating is not that easy when you first learn! There were falls, bruised knees and some tears. It was a good lesson to learn though, and with encouragement and a little bit of "you will get back out there and try some more!" they both improved significantly and started having fun with it! By the end of the session both kids were able to skate with me holding one hand, out in the middle of the rink. And they both want to go back as soon as possible! What a fun new thing for them to learn...I have enjoyed ice skating since I was a kid, but it had been years since I'd been. I'm so glad to be able to share this with them and look forward to many skating adventures to come!