Saturday night Annika and I went rollerskating! We were out celebrating Pam’s birthday with Mark, Amanda, Dean, Jeanette, Theresa, Jason and others. It was Annika’s first time on skates. It was my first time on skates in 15-20 years! At first Annika couldn’t stay on her feet for anything. She held on for dear life to the wall surrounding the rink. We made it around once and took a break for water. Then we went around again and Annika complained that her toes were hurting. One skate exchange for a bigger size later and out there we were again. Each time around she was getting better and better. We had to stop next for a food treat, courtesy of Amanda. Our final two times around the rink Annika wanted to do it by herself. No holding on to Mom (and no Mom holding on to her). I, of course, stuck close as she slowly shuffled her way around the rink. There was still plenty of falling (and some tears when she’d hit a tailbone or elbow) but she was going longer and longer between spills. Lucky girl ended the night with a cotton candy treat. She said she had a good time and wants to go again. She’s even asking for her own skates now. I told her she could practice in the basement and when she got better we could go back or maybe even take the skates outside to the driveway. Oh, and she would like her skates to be pink. Shocker there.
Yesterday we met Jon and Michelle at the Mall of America. We hadn’t seen them in months – maybe even nine months! We still had the kids’ Christmas presents, wrapped and sitting on top of our entertainment center! Isn’t that awful!? We’ve been trying to get together with them since Christmas break and our schedules have just never meshed. I was excited to see the kids again. Man, have they grown! Salix will be 10 this May! 10! We walked around a bit then went to LegoLand to play. And then we went to a restaurant to watch some NCAA basketball and talk and catch up. A bit more shopping and then we had to say good-bye. I’m hoping we can see them again some time soon. Kris invited them over in May to celebrate his birthday. And of course they’ll be invited to our BBQ this summer. As we get busier, it gets harder and harder to keep these friendships alive. Everyone is always so busy with kid activities, hobbies, 2nd jobs, etc. It’s even harder when you don’t live in the same town so you don’t run in to them at kid activities or town events. It’s important to Kris and I to keep our friends in our lives though so we try to plan activities with all our different groups of friends at times throughout the year and then we invite them all over to our house for our BBQ each summer. Next up? High school friends! Time to celebrate George’s birthday Friday night after I have dinner out with a college friend (Amanda)! After that maybe it will be the neighbors. Or family. Or other college friends. Maybe work friends. We’re lucky to have all these great people in our lives!
Tonight when I got home I had to play monster and read a book. Annika wanted me to pretend I was a monster so she would coming running towards me, speeding by as I was sitting on the couch and I had to reach out and try to grab her. Then Jamesy wanted me to read him some books. So I’d be reading a book to him with the occasional lunge towards Annika. Any good mom knows how to multitask properly.
The past few nights Annika has been telling me that she’s going to put herself to bed. Usually this is just a ploy to get to stay up a bit longer in her room reading books. She usually comes out when she’s done claiming she’s scared and I need to sit with her while she goes to sleep. Tonight though she read her boks and then laid down and went to sleep! I think this is the first time in her life that she’s gone to bed without either Kris or I in the room with her!
Tonight while putting James’ pajamas on he insisted on doing his own buttons on his Mickey Mouse pajamas. After a few seconds he’d give up and I’d do it for him until we got to the last button. He was determined to do that last button on his own. And he spent a good five minutes working on that button. Eventually he got it too! Five minutes of intense concentration is huge for a little 25 month old boy! He’s so independent, this is just one example of many!