Ice Skating with a 3-Year-Old

On my laundry-list of merry-making events, ice skating was near the top. My little preschooler has become quite the girly-girl, and among her many lists of things to do that makes her even more of a princess is ice skating. Not sure where exactly she got that from, but my intuition tells me Sophia the First is probably to blame.

None-the-less, I was really excited to take her ice skating for the first time. Ok, technically 2nd, but the first time was before she could walk, so I’m not sure that counts…

I planned this special day out a few weeks ago, thinking only of when the rink would open and not at all about what the temperature would be outside. It was hovering around 60. But by the miracle of technology, the outside rink was still open and at least mostly covered in ice, so it was perfect enough for us!

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By another miracle, we got there right when they opened, and being that it was early and kind of drizzly and really warm, we had the whole place to ourselves! Which was perfect for the first time on the ice!

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Thank goodness this was pretty cheap entertainment, being that we lasted a whole 15 minutes on the ice before she was frustrated that she couldn’t do a triple spin. I’m just really glad we didn’t invest in ice skates for Christmas gifts this year!

 

A Day of Festivals

I had a major delima this past Saturday….what to do? Summer is in high gear around here and there are just too many options to choose from on any given Saturday, this Saturday being no exception. There was RVA Streets Alive, and the Vegetarian Festival. Oh what to do, what to do? Might as well hit them both up and see if I can’t push my kids and my patience to the limit. I am proud to say we succeeded and live to tell the tale!

We started out at the RVA Streets Alive event. This was a free event put on by Sports Backers where they closed off the streets surrounding Byrd Park and had vendors offering fun things to do outside. They had jump-roping, wheelchair basketball, a tricycle obstacle course, dancing, roller derby, running, and more!

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I love it when the community comes together to try to better their health!

We weren’t there very long before we were feeling rather hungry. They had a few food vendors there, but knowing that the Vegetarian Festival was only 5 miles away was quite enticing. I was thinking that the festival would be similar to this one, which was extremely easy to park and walk to. Oh was I wrong! 5 miles away turned into about a 1/2 hour of stand still traffic trying to get in. Then another 15 minute walk from the parking area to where the event was happening. But in the end it was all worth it for some vegan BBQ with cole slaw and veggie hot dogs with sweet potato fries. YUM!

DSC_0505 DSC_0508I had a wonderful conversation with one of the owner/operators of NOPE, a composting company that was present at the events, collecting food and paper scraps that could be composted. Their container was in between the recycling and trash receptacles. I really hope that concept catches on. It’s absolutely brilliant!

Home-brewed kombucha!! Oh be still my hippy heart!
Home-brewed kombucha on tap!! Oh be still my hippy heart!

A short side note about myself: I was a vegan for 2+ years, a vegetarian for 5+. I actually just recently, reluctantly, went back to eating meat (that’s another blog post). I still have a large heart for vegetarian/vegan cuisine. But not just the cuisine…the whole atmosphere that surrounds veggie people. This festival is a wonderful example of that! Not only was there a plethora of yummy meat-free options, but there were also a number of booths raising awareness for different causes that tug at my heartstrings…essential oils, midwifery, holistic healing, etc.

I have to say it’s the first time I’ve gone to an event like this as an omnivoire, and part of me felt rather deceptive, like I no longer belonged in this eclectic group of peace-keepers and save-the-world activists because I eat meat. Maybe it was all the t-shirts staring at me everywhere I went.

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I think my favorite exhibit was the hoopers. Because secretly I really want to be a hooper. And I think the preschooler does too.

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Then there was this guy who was just a fabulous performer! So funny and so talented!

As it was getting time to leave, we wandered over to the kids tent where we colored bandanas for shelter dogs. The thought was to make them look more presentable to be adopted, though I’m positive our bandanas probably didn’t really help the cause much. We also did a little stretching at the yoga tent before heading home.

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Needless to say, the girls slept quite soundly the whole ride home.

I just love exposing the girls to events like these. What better way to enjoy a Saturday than with some free, fun, and educational community events! I can’t wait for the next one!