Saturday, May 19, 2007

A Date with My Girl

Reilly and I got to go on a date this morning. It's been a long time coming, as it was a reward for something she did a long time ago and we're just now getting around to going. Poor girl, I'm sure she thought we were never going to be true to our word!

Originally I had asked her if she wanted to go bowling, and she was really excited about that, but then I had the thought that she'd probably love going ice skating. It's certainly something that we couldn't do with Declan along, and I'm not sure that Troy's knees could handle it (heck, I wasn't sure MY knees could handle it!), so I thought it would be something that was very unique for us to do. Well, she just about went through the roof with excitement when I mentioned it, and all thoughts of going bowling were erased!

First we went to eat lunch together a restaurant called Shiloh - her choice. They have the most wonderful rolls and homemade strawberry jam! *drools*

After that, we headed over to the rink for the public skate. Reilly was so excited that she could hardly stand it! I was worried that she would have trouble, that skating would be too difficult for her and that she wouldn't really enjoy the date. I didn't need to worry!

She started out slowly, clinging to the wall for support, getting the feel for her feet on the ice.

Then one of the rink workers brought over a contraption that allowed her to really get the feel for moving on the ice. I've never seen anything like this before, but it really helped her a lot, and she really began to take off!

After a few minutes with The Contraption, she decided to abandon it and she just took off! While she did have a few spills, she did so well and I was so proud of her! She'd fall and just get right back up on her feet, saying, "I'm OK! I'm OK!" She had so much fun and told me several times, "Mom, I'm so glad that we came ice skating! This is so much fun!"

It is such a special time, getting to be with her all by ourselves! I think that she'll remember this for a long time! As will I!

(This is her, pretending to fall so I could take a picture!)


Sherri said...

Oh, Lisa! That looks like such a fun date...what a special time for the two of you. It doesn't matter that it took a long time to get to the date. What matters is that you kept your promise to do it.
Once again, you are an inspiration...such a good mom!

Lisa said...

Oh, friend, you don't know how much I needed to hear that! Thank you!!