Isaac's First Skate

Monday, January 3, 2011

We had originally planned to bring Isaac out for his first ice skate after opening presents Christmas day, before I even knew of the hockey stick, but Tony's Grandparent's Christmas breakfast derailed those plans. Instead, last Sunday morning, Tony and I woke up early, ate a quick breakfast and bundled Isaac up.
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[Yes, those are socks with sandals. No matter what I say, Tony keeps wearing his Keens. Even in winter]

At 9:00 on a Sunday morning, we had our local rink to ourselves. I had to draw a few quick deep breaths as Tony skated around holding Isaac, without a helmet, but I trusted my husband.
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Isaac loved being held, but Tony had other ideas . . .
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I think it's safe to say that Tony has waited his entire life for this moment and began visualizing it as soon as we found out we were pregnant.
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Isaac did not disappoint in reacting. He was enthralled by skating [or in his case standing while Daddu pushed him]
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I just love this shot and all that it represents.
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There is just no denying this smile.
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My favorite shot of the day. Our last name is blurred on the base of the stick, which Tony also wrote his hockey number and a cross on the tape, just as he does to all of his hockey sticks.
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It was time for some hockey then and Tony showed Isaac how to properly hold his stick.
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[Isaac calls his stick a "hocket."

There is just something about this photo that makes me immensely happy. Somewhere between Tony's comment that this will be published when Isaac goes pro and my hearts desire to have it on my happy boy's high school graduation open house picture board, it just fills my heart.
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And in my mind's eye, as we moved into the actual rink, I envisioned many trips by Tony and Isaac to our rink in the future.
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Such a beautiful sight to be cherished by my heart.
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Tony then put Isaac down to do some circles by himself.
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Isaac thought it was great fun to watch his Dad skate, especially when Tony sprayed him with a hockey stop.
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[You can see the truck pull up behind our car to re-ice, the day after Christmas, we have one well tended rink!]

After Tony told the driver that it was our first time taking our son out they told us they'd come back in 15 minutes. Tony then showed Isaac some stickhandling.
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Isaac thought it was at least entertaining, the verdicts out of it was educational. ;)
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I'm so glad that we were able to make it out last week before heading in for church. The weather has just not cooperated since alternating between rain and freezing cold temps. It is one of my most treasured memories of this winter.
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Of course we know the probabilities of Isaac being a stellar hockey player are a long shot, let alone our hope that he plays and enjoys the game. If nothing else, we hope we ignited a love for the outdoors, even winter, and had an enjoyable time spent as a family.
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23 comments:

Julia said...

I love these so much. I hope you are printing and framing the one of their skates on the ice together. LOVE.

jen @ homeinthecountry said...

oh my goodness! such beautiful pictures from what was obviously a super-fun morning together! :)

Alicea said...

I love these. There is definitely a special bond between father and son. I see it all the time between Chris and Kyle. It's palpable, but something that I just cannot touch.

Melissa said...

what wonderful pictures & memories! I would have never imagined putting ice skates on such a little boy, but then again... I'm from the coast of Virginia :) And it's clear he loved it!

Annika said...

Oh so sweet! Coming from a hockey powerhouse in Northern Wisco (Hayward to be exact) I can appreciate and understand just how much that moment meant to you guys. I just love that you captured the moment.

Meredith said...

I love it. What an awesome moment for you guys, and what great photos to help Isaac "remember" the day too!

I LOL'ed at the comment about wincing while skating, despite trusting Tony. I was the SAME way when Justin took Lizzy sledding. When they had a minor crash, it took every ounce of my body not to scream, loudly, at him!

Emily said...

I honestly think this is my favorite blog post I've ever read. The pure joy on Isaac's face, on Tony's face - and I'm imagining on your face. This made me smile a million times, thanks Leah!

Leslie G said...

Dude, these photos are blow-up canvas worthy. So amazing and it's obvious how much they mean to your family! Love them!

The Edberg's said...

Great pics - really does show the excitement on both their faces!

Miss Erin said...

We've been waiting for this moment too! New sticks for their Birthday and then their first skates for Christmas with promises of plenty of dates with Grandpa so he can teach them. When they were diagnosed with autism a week before Christmas it was the first thing I could think of- they may never ever play hockey. they might never have played anyways, but that was my reaction. You have so many plans for your kids and you just never know what's going to happen. For now we'll just make those dates with Grandpa to learn how to skate and keep that little hockey dream alive!

And seriously, nothing cuter than little tiny skates!

Kristal said...

So so special, Leah.

Melissa said...

Very sweet post :)

Erica said...

Such a beautiful memory for you family. I hope that Tony & Isaac are able to put in many hours together over the years!

Julie S. said...

Beautiful pictures! :) Isaac's reaction is PERFECT.

L.C.T. said...

I absolutely love this. What a great record of a 'first time' memory :)

Jill said...

This looks like so much fun! I love the joy in both Issac's face and Tony's face... What a special day they will forever treasure!

Makes me think... What do you do with your pictures? Do you print them and hang them around your house? Do you make picture books? Just wondering. Now that you're really cranking out some great shots with your fancy dancy camera, you have to want to show them off! How do you do it!?

toriebartee said...

Oh my goodness look at those little skates! Love these pictures!

Jeannie said...

What a beautiful moment between father and son :-) I'm sure they were both loving it just the same!

Rob is dying to get Henry out on the ice, but I think he'll have to wait until next winter. When H is a little older..

Great shots Leah!!

Bree said...

This post melts my heart! The pictures are amazing. Little hockey skates are the best :)

Bekah said...

Oh my GOSH this is precious! They are so dear together. I wish i could come even close to getting pictures this good of my two guys. You have such a great perspective.

SJ said...

These pictures are amazing! What a wonderful morning you guys had :) You can tell he loved every minute of it.

Katie said...

This is seriously the sweetest blog post ever! Love all the pictures and you can totally see the happiness in Tony's face. Melts my heart!

*kimmie* said...

I'm so happy you had this time together - these pictures are priceless!!!

As a former figure skater, one of my goals in life is to skate in a true outdoor rink - maybe I should come visit. Hah!

 

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