Wednesday, 4 January 2012

Our front yard is a skating rink!

George filling up the
skating rink while
 the oldest watches
 in anticipation
When the boys joined the family, we asked them all to pick one extra-curricular activity they'd like to get involved in. Despite the fact that our oldest boy couldn't skate, he chose hockey. So we signed him up for a program in our community where he not only learns how to skate, but learns how to play hockey, too.

And he's doing amazing!

So to help him get even better (and to give all of us something to do in the dead of winter) George decided to build a hockey rink in our front yard.  But after spending a few hundred bucks on wood and a tarp, then filling it up with water, we quickly realized that the front yard slants considerably south.

But did that stop Carpenter George?? Hell no! he built up some side boards so the water can fill up in that end, which gave the rink the added benefit of looking like a real hockey rink. Plus he put in some supports to ensure the thing doesn't break with its incredible amount of water. Thankfully we're on a well so we don't have to pay extra for the water.

George patiently teaching
the kids to skate
After a few weeks of warm weather, the rink finally froze and yesterday the kids spent part of the day skating. And by kids I mean Skyler was out there for a very long time while the others lasted a few minutes.

Plus, George even put out some lights, so we spent a good chunk of the evening skating, too.

All kinds of cars honk as they pass by. George waves like the country bumpkin he is, I just ignore like the city transplant I am.

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