Starboy opened today's paper advent calendar door and found ice skates. He knows Martin and Sylvia enjoy ice skating (are you beginning to see a theme?), and he gave me a confident "Yes" when I asked him if he'd like to try it. There's a rink in Santa Monica and one in Pershing Square downtown. We headed downtown straight from school because it's closer.
For an extra $5 (on top of the $8 fee, the $2 skate rental, and $7 parking) you can get a granny walker for the littles. It's genius. Starboy didn't want to give it up. But his skating improved about two hundred percent or more in the hour we were there, from cartoonish slippery feet to actually standing and gliding (while being pushed). It was so awesome.
I have a great pair of leather skates. At home in the basement. Ah, well.
Today's book was Snowflake Bentley by Jacqueline Briggs Martin, a wonderful story about the pioneer snowflake photographer. Only Google this if you have a half hour or more; the photos are addictive.