The adventures of Kurt, Sarah, Ethan, Reid & Leah

Ice Skating in the Snow

Snow is becoming more frequent as we head farther into December. Both the boys had winter activities at school last friday; Reid’s class went to a nearby park for some sledding and Ethan’s gym class walked over to an outdoor hand ball court that has been frozen over for some ice skating fun. Ethan was able to bring his ice skates we bought at a loppemarked back in the Fall. Both boys had a blast and came home excited to share their experiences. Ethan was so thrilled that he wanted to go back the next day and ice skate some more. Snow fell most of Friday night so we woke up Saturday to the most white we have seen in Oslo yet. The streets were covered and the plows and bobcats were out in the morning clearing the roadways and sidewalks. The morning began with a few hours of play out in the courtyard.

In the courtyard, there was only a single track in the snow before the boys went out there for a good 2 hours of morning play.

In the courtyard, there was only a single track in the snow before the boys went out there for a good 2 hours of morning play.

Soccer in the snow

Soccer in the snow

Leah held watch for 'brothers' from her cozy window.

Leah held watch for ‘brothers’ from her cozy window.

We have yet to understand how this one does not get soaking wet as he comes back up with snow falling out all parts of his jacket.

We have yet to understand how this one does not get soaking wet as he comes back up with snow falling out all parts of his jacket.

I had my doubts that the boys could attempt skating with several inches of snow covering the ice but they were insistent and there wasn’t any doubt that we were going to go out and play so the boys packed their skates in a duffle bag, we traded out Leah’s stroller for a small plastic sled that one of our neighbors has loaned us and we headed out to find some fun.

Leah and her stick which she brought along from home. To date we have a fairly large selection of these growing outside our apartment door.

Leah and her stick which she brought along from home. To date we have a fairly large selection of these growing outside our apartment door.

Pulling Leah in a sled was a nice change of pace and the hilly climb to the park and snow covered sidewalks made for decent work out especially with Leah frequently dragging her hands and feet through the snow. We arrived at the park and a small section of the ice had been cleared of snow so Ethan immediately strapped his skates on and quickly found out that it is possible to skate in a few inches of snow, in fact it might be the best circumstance for someone to learn. The snow provides some resistance so it isn’t as slick and falling into a few inches of icy powder is MUCH better than falling directly on the ice. Reid certainly put the later to the test. He hasn’t skated much before so he took some spills but never quit and improved as the afternoon went along.

Ice Skating in the Snow from Kurt Zinser on Vimeo.

I had to cut the fun short around 3pm. By then we had been out for almost 3 hours and with an overcast sky, darkness really starts to set in between 3-4. They only way I could keep the “I don’t want to go” moaning and groaning at bay was to promise cups of hot chocolate all around.

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Comments

  1. Chuck Maland says:

    Glad to see you’re having some good winter fun. Nancy, JT, and I are driving back to Minneapolis for Christmas, where I expect we’ll get some winter weather, too!

    Happy holidays to all of you. Enjoy your holidays.

    Chuck and Nancy Maland

  2. Awesome!! 5 whole hours of outside snow play! So jealous!

  3. Otto Zinser says:

    Have had above average temps here in Tennessee and rain. We have not seen snow yet — next week will be colder — maybe some snow then.

    Opa

  4. Otto Zinser says:

    I was happy to see the snow-fun in Ethan, Reid and Leah and that they had the ice and snow field
    all to themselves.

    Opa

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