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The Year in Photos

I’m not Time Magazine but I like the idea of summing up 2014 with one photo I took for each month. Here they are:

January

Riley at skating lessons.

Riley at skating lessons.

February

We spent a February weekend at an indoor waterpark and it did wonders to cure our cabin fever.

We spent a February weekend at an indoor waterpark and it did wonders to cure our cabin fever.

March

Our little man was just a smidge happy during his 5th birthday party - Mario style.

Our little man was just a smidge happy during his 5th birthday party – Mario style.

April

The snow finally started to melt so we headed to Lapham Peak for a hike and to climb the look out tower.

The snow finally started to melt so we headed to Lapham Peak for a hike and to climb the look out tower.

May

Mother's Day - one of my favorite days of the year. Made better by the fact that it was actually warm and sunny. Miracle of miracles.

Mother’s Day – one of my favorite days of the year. Made better by the fact that it was actually warm and sunny. Miracle of miracles.

June

In June we visited one of my new favorite places in Wisconsin - Gov. Dodge State Park. We camped for a few days and discovered the beauty of this park. Seriously, it was like Fern Gully up in here.

In June we visited one of my new favorite places in Wisconsin – Gov. Dodge State Park. We camped for a few days and discovered the beauty of this park. Seriously, it was like Fern Gully up in here.

July

We celebrated Charlotte's 2nd birthday with a "neigh neigh party. One of my favorite times was watching her dive head-first into the horse cake Papa made her.

We celebrated Charlotte’s 2nd birthday with a “neigh neigh” party. One of my favorite times was watching her dive head-first into the horse cake Papa made her.

August

We finished our seemingly never-ending kitchen remodel in August. DIY for the win!

We finished our seemingly never-ending kitchen remodel in August. DIY for the win!

September

Riley started Kindergarten this year. We are in the big times now.

Riley started Kindergarten this year. We are in the big times now.

October

Riley's amazing homemade Emmett from the Lego Movie Halloween costume was the highlight of October.

Riley’s amazing homemade Emmett from the Lego Movie Halloween costume was the highlight of October.

November

Before I knew it, I was turning cough, cough 36 ugh. At least these cuties helped me blow out my candles.

Before I knew it, I was turning cough, cough 36 ugh. At least these cuties helped me blow out my candles.

Xmas came and went and now we can't wait to see what 2015 has in store for us!

Xmas came and went and now we can’t wait to see what 2015 has in store for us!

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Acts of Heroism

Being a mom has turned me in to many things: a teacher, cook, comforter, nose wiper, a sap and much more. It has also made me think that I’m a superhero. That I can scale tall buildings in a single bound. That I can fly through the air and magically catch my child before she falls and hurts herself. Um, not so much.

On Saturday, while playing with both kids in my parent’s basement, Charlotte suddenly scaled the wrought iron fireplace mantle. She was standing on it and I had visions of her falling and crying her little head off. I was across the basement in the bar area, which is actually lower by one concrete step from the rest of the basement. So when I saw her about to fall, I went into superhero mode.

I ran at full speed toward her. Except I forgot that I was actually down a step. And I slammed my shoe-less foot full speed into the concrete step. Instead of Charlotte, I was the one flying through the air and falling to the cold, hard concrete floor.

In disbelief I lay on the floor paralyzed doing this over and over:

Riley stopped playing and looked at me.

“What’s wrong?” he asked. He looked really confused.

“Ijusthitmytoereallyhard.holycowithurtssobad.Owowowowow” I mumbled to him while still in a pile on the floor.

“You should go tell your dad,” he replied like it was the most helpful advice ever.

But the damage was already done. My toe was so stiff and swollen that I couldn’t fit my shoe on when it was time to go home. I have been limping now for 5 days. I’m still icing it when it really hurts. Is it broken? Probably. I never went to the doctor. My friend is an ER nurse and told me that even if they suspect a broken toe, they don’t always even X-ray it in the ER because there’s literally nothing you can do for a broken toe.

This is what it looked like 3 days after it happened (pardon the speck of nailpolish from oh, last summer…)

photo (28)Ok I guess that photo doesn’t look too dramatic, but believe me, it is! See that scar? I had a bunion removed 10 years ago and this toe was actually broken at that time and set straight. This is the life of a former figure skater. Bunions and broken toes.

So anyway, I’m still hobbling around. In pain. But with a new appreciation for all the things I can do and super thankful that it wasn’t something more debilitating. But I swear, if a dog or kid steps on my foot any time soon, I will probably fall over and die.

P.S. And no, Charlotte never did fall off the mantle. I think my writhing in pain distracted her from her climbing. Glad I could help!

 

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Riley’s First Skate

I began figure skating seriously when I turned 13 years old. I continued competitively skating until I was 30 years old and pregnant with Riley. Since then I’ve been teaching younger kids to skate. And I had another baby, so that made me stop skating and teaching for a while, too.

For some odd reason, I’ve never taken Riley skating with me. He’s 4 now and he could’ve started group lessons when he was 3, but he had never set foot on the ice so I wanted to wait a bit before signing him up.

Well, that’s not really true. The first time he set foot on the ice was when he was 1 year old, see?

They don't make skates small enough for a 1 year old.

They don’t make skates small enough for a 1 year old.

"It's cold in here, Mommy, but I like it!"

“It’s cold in here, Mommy, but I like it!”

Riley knows that I skate and teach kids how to skate. Every Wednesday night he sees me leave and head to the rink, but he’s never asked to come along. Until recently. He started asking if I could teach him how to skate. Of course I was thrilled, so when we had off of school and work, skating was number 1 on our agenda.

My parents got him some double-bladed skates for Christmas last year. I started in those kind of skates, but today kids start in the real thing – just one blade. Since we had the skates already, I figured we’d just try them out and I’m glad we did.

We got to the rink and got our skates on. Then we stepped onto the ice.

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I warned him that he was going to fall a lot but that he wouldn’t get hurt and I showed him how to get up. When he stepped on the ice and I saw this smile, I was so excited. I wanted him to love skating as much as I do. As time passed and he didn’t ask once to get off the ice or sit down and rest, I knew we were on to something. So I decided to teach him a few little moves that we teach the beginners. He had no fear, which is why it’s great to start kids in this sport early. He tried every thing I asked him to. No questions asked, just how I like it…

Ooh, a one-foot glide!

Ooh, a one-foot glide!

Then he really started to hit his stride. Look at the expression in his face. He’s got a knack for music interpretation (say that in your best Dick Button voice.)

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No, I did not tell him to hold his arms like that. But I like it!

We skated about an hour and yes, he fell a lot, but he always came back up smiling.

When we got off the ice, a woman came up to me and said, “I’ve never seen a little boy look happier to be on the ice. It was so fun watching you two. I think you passed the love of skating down to him.”

I thanked her and said, “I hope so!”

Riley is starting lessons soon. Hooray!

 

 

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