Operation Get Outside: Ice Skating Edition

I sorta kept a secret from you guys. Well, it wasn’t exactly secret, but rather that I was too busy living in the moment to blog about it.  You see, I turned 28 on Sunday. Yip. True story!  28 Years wise.

We cool now that I’ve come clean? Thanks, I feel much better!

The day started with a leisurely breakfast in bed (gotta love weekend birthdays!). My parents and brothers came over for coffee and cake (Coffee flavoured double cream cake if you must know).  Once they all left D and I ventured out for our first ice skating of the year!

There is a wonderful little ravine a couple of blocks from our house. A real estate agent from the community creates and maintains a couple of outdoor skating rinks there during the coldest winter months. Sooooo lovely!  There are also some hills for tobogganing, but I have not tried them…yet.

It was sooooooo cold that day!  How did I luck out with a birthday that was -22 celsius??  I was born on a very hot summer night and my mom always talk about how incredibly hot it was the day I was born.  When I was a kid my birthday was in the middle of summer, and also during track season.  I have memories of running around barefoot and I can almost smell the freshly cut grass!

But now it is winter. There is snow.  It is fa-reeeezing.

I still love getting outside – you know how magical fresh air and some natural light can be, right?  So to prevent cabin fever, Derek and I headed out with our skates in tow.

Side note: I bought these skates last winter but never actually used them.  So my birthday was their inaugural skate!

Side note to the side note: I have never ever used hockey skates before – they were fun!

Isn’t it pretty?  You should see it at night – there are twinkly lights in the trees!

Stick to the rules: Rough pick up hockey on the one side.  Peaceful skating in circles on the other side.

These are not my boots.  But I really like them!

I was a little bit nervous because I am not the most experienced skater and part of me was afraid of falling and breaking a wrist or bruising my ego.  I had visions of 7 year olds skating circles around me!  But I am proud to say that I only came close to falling once, and never actually did fall!  Phew!  Maybe all that rollerblading in the summer helps because I totally hit my stride and enjoyed skating around and around.

We were seriously bundled up – I wore 2 pairs of pants, 4 tops, 2 pairs of mittens.  The perfect cure for the cold is of course a steaming hot cup of cocoa!

We parked ourselves on the benches and enjoyed some post-skating-bday-hot-cocoa!  Maybe when you get older you can still feel like a kid??

And PS. Can I just add that my birthday ended perfectly with a Steelers victory!  Yay – we’re going to the Superbowl! Thanks dudes

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  • Coleen
    January 27, 2016

    Happy belated birthday Nienke, hope all your wishes come true this year.

  • Sana
    January 30, 2016

    I went ice skating in my first outdoor rink the other day and it was sooo much fun! It helped that the resort had warm outdoor fires!
    happy belated b-day!

  • Garfield
    January 31, 2016

    Great to see h0w your b/day played out, Nienke. Amazing to be sitting here, staring at palm trees, and seeing your gorgeous pictures of snow and skates, and being all bundled up!

  • haya
    February 2, 2016

    awesome!! i also recently turned 28 AND went skating on the day 😉 also, this weekend we were out playing in the snow and if i blinked too slowly, my eyelashes froze shut. hurray -22!
    for a second i could not figure out how you were born on a hot summer night but now have your birthday in the dead of winter, and then i remembered the other hemisphere! haha.
    i really want to go tobogganing, but i have no sled and i’m not sure the krazy karpet is right for me.

  • Samantha Angela
    February 3, 2016

    Happy belated birthday!

  • Teri
    February 3, 2016

    Happy belated birthday!!
    I love the hot chocolate pictures. And so cute that you packed it with you. What a quaint, wonderful day.

  • Dani
    February 3, 2016

    Happy belated birthday! Wishing you an amazing 28th year!

  • Toronto Girl West
    February 6, 2016

    Your neighbourhood looks beautiful!!! I’m trying to figure out where it is . . . it kind of looks like the area near the Starbucks were I used to work in Toronto!

  • Preena
    February 6, 2016

    Happy belated birthday! That looked fun 🙂