Thanks to everyone else who had already been sledding at what we now refer to as The Hill, there were paths already carved out. Well, almost...sometimes the sleds had a way of veering off towards a tree. The Hill was primed for terrific sledding. So terrificly fast that we had to have "catchers" at the bottom of the hill who instead of sipping on a nice cold brew, had to be ready to dive towards the careening sled in order to stop it from going over the edge, right into the street. I guess you could say this was the X-games of Kiddie Bobsled. All in all, a lot of fun. Here are the final results:
- Highest Starting Point: 1st Place goes to the team of Aiden and Grace; one official even overheard them challenging themselves to an even higher point.
- Fastest Time: 1st Place goes to Calvin, who we could only see as a blur going down the mountain.
- Closest Encounter with a Tree - Doubles: 1st Place goes to Norah and Ava. An Honorary Mention goes to Official Brian who risked his life in order to save theirs.
- Most 360s during a single run: 1st Place goes to Eddie in an uncontested show of twenty-five 360 degree spiraling twists while holding on for dear life on a Classic flying disc.
Sunday brought us to Figure Skating. I use that term loosely because by the end of the session, I figured I was ready for competition. I figured wrong.
We met our friends Beth & Steve along with Ella, Lila and little CharChar at the UD Ice Arena. The girls were doing great. This was Grace's breakout session. She was skating by herself, not holding on and moving like she was going up against Ohno in the next race. TurtleDove too did a fantastic job of going by herself for short runs, in the middle of the ice. Just before the end of the session, we were all going around for one last time.
And that's when I thought I was in Ice Castles. I thought it would be fun to skate up behind Grace and give her a hug...while skating. Instead what I gave her was a bloody nose and a scraped up forehead. And her own accident report (at least Ava isn't alone in that category anymore). As I put my arms around her, our skates got crossed and we both went down on the ice. She hit her nose pretty hard and a little (really, it was only a little at that point) blood sputtered out, onto the ice. So a guard comes over and was like is everyone ok? I don't like to be an alarmist, so I was like, yeah - we're fine. And then she says, we need to get that blood off the ice! So, yes, by now Grace's nose was bleeding and we have 2 guards asking her what she had for breakfast...After we determined that she didn't suffer a concussion and that her nose was not broken, we headed to Red Robin for our Valentine's dinner. DL.