All the family went to the Winter Wonderland at Cribbs Causeway on Thursday ~ Special Friends had booked a session before the rink was open to the public, and this time we didn't have to argue with the skating people to 'let' us have the wheelchairs on the ice!
As I looked into her eyes and she relaxed and pulled faces at me it crossed my mind that this was one of the moments I hope I will always remember, when I could feel how much I loved her right down to my toes ~ all the way to the moon, and back again.
Noah struggled at first on the ice ~ I'm not sure if it's his balance or his confidence that was the bigger problem. Fortunately, he has a strong familial support system ... also known as a big brother and his handy wheelchair! Teamwork! Spot the new jumper/old coat combo going on again! Poor Noah is battling to coordinate his limbs right now ~ he's sprouted up so much over the last six months ~ all of a sudden his trousers were all three inches too short, which unfortunately showcased our collective family shortcoming of completely failing to ever match a pair of socks!
I love seeing the three children together, getting on with something without needing any adult supervision or chastising! It's a difficult balance to reach, for Noah, Petal and Smiler to interact as siblings ~ ordinary, bickering, irritating and irritated siblings. So here we have Smiler waving, Petal reminding him to wave and Noah in charge of steering ~ trust me when I say this level of cooperation does not happen often!
Everyone enjoyed themselves, even though we ended up with chilly fingers and soggy feet! You know that bit where you have to carry your skates back to get your shoes, and the ground is all wet? Every time I promise myself that next time I will remember to bring extra socks for everyone so we can finish up with dry feet, and every time I forget! Maybe next time ...