School started last week for the older kids so now it is time to get the triplets all situated into what they are going to do. I decided that since we have a pond in the backyard that they really need to learn how to skate before the ice comes. David and I tried to take them skating once and it was a disaster. They cried and hated it so from now on....No mom on the ice. I signed them up for Monday morning learn to skate. They seemed to do great and I was able to sit in the bleachers and watch. Colin took to it the best followed by Declan and poor little Finn...well lets just say that the snack at the end will probably be his only motivation to get back out there next week.
I was putting on their skates and of course the director of the program saw me and made her suggestions as to the quality of their skates, "they really need skates with toe picks and it is the best way to learn. We can rent you some each week or you can purchase some from us". I smile but in my head I am thinking...my three older kids learned to skate on these skates and they are doing just fine. They are three years old and we are not in training to go to the NHL or to the Olympics. This is probably the one thing that I hate most about living in a metropolitan area with lots of competition. I just want the boys to be able to stand up and skate around on some old hand me down skates. I want them to be able to hang on the pond this winter with their older brothers and burn off some energy. I ended up going into the rental office to appease the director and was overwhelmed with the rental fees for figure skates and for a measly $65.00 per pair I could own my very own new skates. I was a little discouraged but glad that they didn't have skates available to rent so I would have to wait and didn't have to make a decision. The more I thought about it the more irritated I got...they are 3 years old people. I ended up taking the triplets to the Salvation Army on our way home in hopes of finding 3 little pairs of used figure skates. (to make the director happy and maybe because I kind of believed them that learning would be easier). Low and behold there were a dozen or so pairs of skates hanging and with a little searching I was able to find three pairs that would work. It just so happened that Monday's are half off kids day. I walked out with three pairs of skates for a total of $6.00. It was my lucky day.