We went to our first roller skating lesson today only to find out that it was posted wrong on the website, wrong in my confirmation email, and correctly in the community education book. Guess which two I looked at? There were tears as we sat in an empty parking lot in front of a locked building. We decided to run a few errands and come back for the open skate an hour later. They let us in for open skate and while the girls cheered up, I was less cheerful. The learning to skate part was the part I wanted to outsource to someone else.
E and L picked it up pretty quickly and within an hour were skating slowly around the rink. I was impressed with their perseverance and pain tolerance. We thought that they'd get better at falling, but no. When they fell, they fell hard and sprawled all over. C had a rough start and finally I made A take over for me because I wanted to throttle her and her five-year-old (lack of) logic. He was more patient (of course. sigh) and had her skating between the benches by the time we were done. The official lessons start next week, so maybe we'll be a bit ahead of the crowd.
This afternoon, A's cousin came over and taught us how to knit! I have a knitting project now!
Isn't it cute? It's going to be a hot pad, I hope. L made a bookmark and while she was determined, I wonder if it's a bit too hard for her right now. I had a hard time getting the needles into the right place and muscling the yarn onto the needles. E half-heartedly did a couple of rows, but I'm not sure what she thought. I think roller skating might have exhausted their endurance and brain capacity for learning new things.
I'm not usually a big fan of internet videos (A makes fun of me all the time about this), but I watched all 25 minutes of this one about the space station. It was FASCINATING. There's an article attached with it, too, so at least read that part. The commander is giving a tour and answering questions that kids have asked her. She is adorably enthusiastic, gives such great explanations, and makes it all really interesting.