Category Archives: Cousins

Ice Skating

In the weekend I took the kids ice skating. We met up with all the cousins at Arctic Ice in the city. My kids had never skated before and I can only recall ice skating once before and that would have been about 30 years ago! Yikes, I must be getting old! On the way in Abel was talking about how he was going to go right to running on the ice :) I showed Eben a video of people ice skating before we left home and he told me he would hold my hand so I wouldn’t be scared. As soon as we walked in to the ice rink Eben changed his mind about this whole skating thing and said he didn’t want to do it. I got him to come out on the ice with me briefly, but since it was my first time on skates in years it wasn’t very successful since I didn’t feel confident holding him by both hands. Luckily Janet suggested he go with her for a jelly bean. Naturally Eben was swayed by food and did a round with her and seemed to have pretty good balance on skates. But after that he was content just watching and playing with cousins. He said afterwards it was fun and he wants to go again!

Abel found ice skating was much harder than he had expected. I was very pleased with him though because he kept at it. His gloves ended up wet by the end from the number of times he fell over but he kept working at it. By the end of the two hours he was crossing the ice without holding onto anything.

Isla also was a little timid initially but I was very proud of her too. She edged her way around lots of time, then progressed to holding my hand (still keeping that edge nice and handy though just in case!) and by the end she was moving on the ice without holding on to anything.

Very pleased with how they really kept at it and didn’t give up even though it was hard. I got these not very good photos but better than nothing? Maybe? Maybe not!

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Cousin trip up the Gondola

This morning at 9 am we decided to meet up at the Gondola at 10 am with the cousins. Amazingly enough we were all there by about 10:10. Isla and  Eben’s faces in this photo say it all, it was very exciting!

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H gondola 3 At the top of Isla’s list for her holiday was seeing Isabel and it looks like they enjoyed hanging out together. (Mary, skyping Nama was second on her list :) )

H gondola 4Once we got to the top we had fun running around in the tussocks and the kids acted like mountain goats climbing around on the rocks.

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H gondola 13Somehow on the way down Janet ended up in the gondola with eight children and Kathy and I ended up in one with just Spencer. Oops, sorry about that Janet!

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Eben and Caleb

These two are a funny little pair! The majority of the time they are great little friends but they do have fights and arguments. Eben gets grumpy with Caleb and scowls at him which naturally upsets Caleb. They are also three year olds so who is first through the gate, has the toy, or gets into the car first is very important to them both which can also cause upset. Eben tends to be the leader in the relationship and Caleb is usually pretty happy with this. They have a lot of similar interests, biking, sand pits, tractors, cars, Lightning McQueen, and dogs to name a few. Here are a few photos of them from the last few weeks. B Eben and Caleb 2 B Eben and CalebG eben