The little ones were able to get "trainers" for their first pair of skates, and they were able to "skate" immediately! They were so excited and immediately became independent out on the rink.
Cherish received regular skates, so I turned my attention to helping her. Soon she was skating on her own while holding onto the half-wall surrounding the rink. Before too long, she was able to let go of the wall for short periods of time. She was on her own!
Which left me. By myself. Watching.
I didn't get rental skates, because (like I said) I thought I'd be holding up three children. So, I just watched.
I can't remember the last time I smiled or laughed so much in a period of a couple of hours.
Hope and Andrew skated together from the very beginning of their time on the rink. They looked so little on that big ol' rink--like a little 2 and 3-year-old. Yet, at the same time, they were like a little old lady and a little old man, completely in love, holding hands, and having no clue that anyone else was out there on the rink with them. They held hands continuously, and as each one fell, the other one very gently helped the other one up. Over and over again. The love between them oozed! They laughed, talked, and giggled, and truly seemed to have no idea anyone else was around.
I heard so many people saying, "Look at those two! How cute!!!" I had to agree--and no one knew I had the amazing privilege of being the momma to that "cute couple" out there on the rink!
Oh, how I wish I had my camera! I have such special "photos" stored up in my memory. What a precious afternoon it was to witness such tenderness and love between two siblings!
Having said that, I finally decided to take a picture of the children on their first day of school. We had actually already finished school for the day when I finally got my camera out.
Hey, at least I captured them on day one! ;-)
This year, Cherish is in 2nd grade, Hope is in Kindergarten, and Andrew is in 4-year-old VPK.
Cherish is 7, and Hope is 5.
They were very excited about being homeschooled!
Cherish kept thanking me for homeschooling her. She said she loves it so much because she gets to spend so much time with me. What a sweet thing to say to a momma!
I am really only homeschooling Cherish and Hope. Andrew will be attending our church's school for VPK so that I can dedicate as much time as possible to Hope and phonics. Being that she is currently speaking Chenglish, we've got a lot of work on our hands! ;-)
And, since Andrew's school doesn't start until after Labor Day, he is working on school alongside Hope for now. They make such a great team! They so sweetly cheer each other on!
I need to seriously learn from their "cheerleading" skills!