Posts Tagged With: Ice skating

Project Life | Week 3

Alex has decided as of mid-March she will hang up her competitive skates. She doesn’t want to compete or test anymore. She has been skating since she was 4-years-old. For 7 years she has eat/breathed/slept ice skating. She’ll still skate…but just for fun. She is ready to move on to gymnastics. Ready to explore her options. And that’s okay.

Check out her sit spin in practice:

The girls have been getting along so well lately. I ready just can’t get over it! The planets must be aligned.


Right now I have been preoccupied with my dear friend’s breast cancer diagnosis. She has more testing to do before she decides a course of action. I am trying not to worry about it until she gives me all the test results. Until she tells me it’s time to worry. The early indications are that it is stage 1. Which is good. If you have to hear the word “cancer”, it’s best to follow it up with the words “stage 1”. She really has no choice to beat this. I refuse to lose another friend. That’s all there is to it.

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Learning her Axel

She is learning her Axel. The Axel jump is considered to be one of the most difficult jumps in figure skating because of the required strength and the need to rotate quickly. First there is off-ice strength training, then she practices with the safety harness on ice. Once she she masters both of these she will be allowed to try it on the ice without the safety of the harness.

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ice skating{photos taken with iPhone}
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Assignment: Faceless Portrait

This week’s assignment from Digital Photography School was Faceless Portrait. You’d be surprise at how hard it actually is to not take a picture of someone’s face for a “portrait”.

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This is the finished photo I submitted for the assignment

A figure skater’s skates are an extension of themselves. Without “their skates” they cannot skate. It would be like asking them to walk in feet other than their own. She can be very particular about how she laces up her skates.

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Lacing up her skates

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“Where are my gloves?”

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Adjusting her skate pants

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Technically not “faceless” but I love it anyway!

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Vail, Colorado

We’re back from the Vail Invitational. Alex competed in two skate events, compulsory and free skate. The whole experience left me with a somewhat sour taste in my mouth. Not from how Alex preformed, because I couldn’t be more proud at how she handled herself, but from how so many skate-parents behaved.

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A catch

Let me start with the good stuff. We stayed at the Evergreen Lodge because it is conveniently adjacent to the ice area. There is no A/C but they do supply a very noisy box fan with each room. The beds are hard as rocks and there was a stained ottoman at the foot of the bed (yuk). The hotel is old and in need of a serious remodel. I did say “the good stuff” right? Well, here it is: what the hotel lacked in ambiances it made up for with their great staff. The Evergreen staff was extremely helpful and friendly, always offering a smile.Because of Alex’s competition schedule, they so kindly allowed us to check out at 2 p.m. rather than at the 11 a.m. check out time. It was “no problem”. When you have such a courteous staff at a hotel you are more willing to overlook the downside.

It was a good thing the staff was so pleasant, because I couldn’t say the same about the rest of our experience.

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A lunge

Dealing with the skate-parents was a test in patience. Sometimes it’s better to keep your mouth shut rather than start a skate-parent-brawl that will be uploaded to YouTube. I debated whether to discuss the rudeness we experienced by skate-parents at the rink. After sleeping on it, I have come to the realization that there are a lot of self-entitled people out there and my complaints would only fall on deaf ears.

Instead, I will share some common sense manners that I live by. At least, they should be common sense. When I am in someone’s house or, in this case, the hosting Skate Club’s house, I remember that I am their guest. I will say “please” and “thank you” with a smile, not with an attitude of entitlement because adding those words to something rude doesn’t make it polite.

I will clean up after myself. I will respect their things, and the things of other competing skaters. I will be courteous to their other guests, and I will demand that my children do the same. I will wait my turn in line, not cut in front of fellow skate-parents because I am in a hurry. {sigh}

The trip wasn’t all bad, I mean, once I got out of the ice rink…

botanical gardens

The Betty Ford Alpine Gardens was a highlight.

Saturday we stopped by the Gardens late in the afternoon and preceded to get drenched by rain. Then on Sunday, in between programs, we headed back over for a second look.

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I have to say that Vail has some of the best playgrounds I have ever seen! Its very unique and creative playground equipment made it difficult to pull the kids (and the big kid) away from. And scenic walking trails…they are everywhere. Kudos, Vail.

The garden stays in bloom so long because of the altitude and cool evenings the mountains provide. There was a hummingbird (or maybe more than one) that I was stalking to get his picture…but he wasn’t in the mood. I want hummingbirds in backyard now!

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And I need some Lupine in the backyard too.

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Columbine is Colorado’s state flower.

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This little bee was very cooperative to hold still.

Sunday night we headed home. Normally Vail is two hours from Denver, but (there’s always a but) it took us over 4 hours to get home. Why? I have no idea. There was no accident that we could see. CDOT stopped traffic at Eisenhower Tunnel in 20 minute intervals, so that traffic wouldn’t gridlock inside. And it was stop and go from there to Hwy 40. {ugh}

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She makes friends wherever she goes

My 5-year-old is a little social bug. No matter where we go, she makes friends. She is certainly not shy.

New Friend #1

New Friend #2

Practice, practice, practice..

“Mom, seriously?”

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Sports photography

I love macro and nature photography. Hubby says that is because it doesn’t involve people. He could be right…

This weekend Alex performed in the Skate Club’s ice show. I took my camera to hone my skills a little. And I had a friend who is a pro to get pointers from. Always valuable. Thanks Kat!

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Alex at warm-up practicing her sit spin


Alex during dress rehearsals

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Parker getting her show program signed by U.S. skaters Caydee Denney (pictured), John Coughlin, Morgan Bell & Mariah Bell

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Denney and Coughlin on the ice

Caydee Denney and John Coughlin are the 2012 U.S. Figure Skating Champions and the Club was honored to have them skate in the show. As always they performed moves that were crowd pleasers!

In the end I really enjoyed trying to get the best shot of figure skaters moving at high speed, not to mention in low light conditions, but I think I will stick with non-moving subjects. I’ll keep practicing though because I have one competitive figure skater in the house and another who thinks she wants to join her sister on the ice. So, I will need to take plenty of pictures and practice, a lot!

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