We took Dylan ice skating for the first time, two days before Christmas. I took lessons as a kid, and went ice skating occasionally, but I hadn't gone in a really long time. Jim said he had only gone one other time in his life. We weren't sure how much help we could give!
Now I remember why I haven't been ice skating in a long time. First off, it is cold. I don't particularly enjoy being cold. Secondly, it takes forever to get ready to ice skate. FOREVER.
Then, you realize that you didn't wear socks that are thick enough, so you have to buy overpriced socks in the gift shop. Then, you have to re-lace the butt ugly, made of super thin material ice skates, that will cause your ankles massive pain. You will wonder how anyone wears ice skates and endures that kind of pain? You will suck it up, because you brought your kid to enjoy ice skating after all, so enjoy it YOU WILL. You will frequently remind yourself of this fact, as you skate around the rink, grimacing in pain, as you hold up your flailing five year old. You will feel as if you are using muscles that didn't even exist before, and you will wonder why the hell you thought this was a brilliant idea. You will wonder why your husband isn't grimacing in pain, and it will finally occur to you, after the three of you somehow make it around the rink four or five times, this could have something to do with the skates. You will try on your husband's skates, (because, yes, you wear the same size, as *luck* would have it). You will swear about the unfairness, and cruelty to women kind everywhere, as you realize that men's skates have WAY more padding and support than the women's skates. You will then take off around the rink, like a graceful swan, until you decide that while you are no longer in pain, it is still cold, and your five year old has already given up on ice skating. You will shrug your shoulders and exclaim, "Oh well! At least we tried!" You have several pictures that make it look like it was a big success, but you will tell everyone the truth because, well, that's just how you are.
Keep this lovely story in mind when I tell you about the next thing, okay? I found this idea...
Want a closer look? Keep in mind that I wrote down exactly what Dylan said. I gave no input, until the last one.
(If you want to make one, go HERE).
You might notice that his favorite food is "Max & Erma's cookies"? Did you also notice that his favorite memory from 2011 is when we got a Max & Erma's gift card in a Christmas card?! I successfully refrained from yelling "THAT?! THAT'S YOUR FAVORITE MEMORY FROM THIS YEAR?! WE SPENT ALL THAT MONEY ON A BEACH VACATION AND THAT IS YOUR FAVORITE MEMORY?!" Then, I got to "Biggest Goal for 2012" and he said "Go to Max & Erma's" and then my head exploded. Oh wait, I think my head exploded when I asked what he wants to learn in 2012 and he said "How to ice skate"!