Athena and Samantha were pretty nervous about skating, but I told them that they were here to learn, so that's what they were going to do. This is before they first got on the ice.
Once we got out on the ice, both girls did just fine. I told them it wasn't an option for them to hang onto the wall - that they were going to get out on the ice and try it. I had them stand up on their skates and find their balance. Then I let go and went in front of them. I told them to come to me. As they got closer to me, I skated backwards giving them farther to go to get to me. That's basically how I taught them to ice skate. It worked for both Athena AND Samantha. :) SURPRISING! Before we left, both girls were able to skate on the ice. I was quite proud of them.
Here is part of the fun group we were skating with. Lisa and Kimball were there too, but had not yet arrived when I took this picture.
After ice skating, we all went to Teresa's for cake and ice cream. Then after that, Jeremy and I took our family to see the movie "Water Horse" at the dollar theater. President's Day turned out to be a really nice day together.