Saturday, January 17, 2009

Alec the amazing

One fun experience for me as a father has been to be outright amazed at my son. Alec has done this several times, most recently this morning. We had a chance to go ice-skating as a student family housing activity. I was thinking it would be worthless to even try and get skates for Alec, because he wouldn't be able to skate or anything, but we ended up getting him some anyways. His first try was close to what I expected. He tried to walk, instead of just letting himself slide, and was ready to be done in no time at all. After a break, we "helped him" get up the courage to try again. This time, he went between me and Brittney, with each of us holding one hand. This time, he absolutely got the hang of sliding, just keeping his feet still and steady while we pulled him around. And he just loved it! He wanted to keep going and going, it was the funnest thing. By the end, after many times around, he would move his feet slightly and it looked just like skating. Kind of a small thing, but I was just so impressed by his courage and ability to be able to figure out how to do the right things so quickly, and have fun at it. So often he has exceeded my expectations with his skill and courage. I sure love that boy.

Working up his courage from the safety of the stroller.
Charlie slept the whole time, which is his way of saying he loves ice-skating
Alec skating:
video

5 comments:

Ryan & Jess said...

I love seeing Mady learn new things, too. Makes her seem so old!

Hope you ALL are feeling better and not so busy...

Hawks said...

i never knew strollers could ice skate...alec did a great job!

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Jon and Janice said...

Just updating myself on how the kids are growing. And it looks like you are wonderful parents because both kids look well fed, hugged and loved. Janice Martin

BDandFamily said...

Hey Archibalds! We just got updated on your family. Cute new little babe you have! And Alec is getting so big. Good to see you are doing well and having fun!