This past weekend, Ava got to roller skate for the very first time.
She didn’t exactly fly on those wheels, but she sure had a lot of fun. She immediately wanted to get a pair of skates to call her own. And to go back to the roller skating rink as soon as possible.
Fortunately, the skating rink had a passel of contraptions built out of PVC pipe and rollerblade wheels to help little ones stay upright a bit more than they otherwise would. I’m pretty sure that considerably pumped up the fun level for the group of newby skaters at the birthday party we attended.
Most of them stuck with the guides, but Ava eventually gave it a whirl without them toward the end of the party. She was so proud of herself, and I have to note that I was, too.
Guess what? I even got out there!
Most of the time, I have to admit I’m a big stick in the mud. I get carsick and all other kinds of motion sickness — even just looking at action on big movie screens. So a lot of things that are full of family fun, like roller coasters and zipping across the lake on a boat are pretty miserable for me. I tend to stay in the habit of sitting on the sidelines and watching everyone else have a good time.
But back when I was just a little bit older than Ava, skating was the thing to do! It’s one of those skills your body just remembers. And I’m pretty proud that I didn’t beef it and break anything like I had expected.
It was a good reminder to myself to push out of that comfort zone a little bit, just like I encourage Ava to do. I’m pretty sure we’ll be giving roller skating a shot again sometime soon.
Do something fun this week! You won’t regret it.
Congrats, Kelly H! You’re the winner of our Marvel LIVE family four-pack giveaway.
Please check your email and get in touch. And have fun at the show!
Marvel Universe LIVE is about to roll into the Little Rock area, and we’ve got a family four-pack of tickets to give away!
The original story brings together more than 25 Marvel characters on a quest to ensure the safety of the powerful Cosmic Cube, which Thor has shattered into pieces and which his villainous brother Loki covets.
The all-ages show promises to be action packed — featuring special effects, pyrotechnics, aerial stunts, martial arts and even motorcycles.
It’ll be at Verizon Arena from Jan. 9-11. Times and ticket information are available HERE.
For a chance to win our family four-pack, provided courtesy of the Angela Rogers Group, leave the name of your favorite Marvel character below. I’ll draw a winner at 5 p.m. Jan. 2, so don’t wait!
Congratulations to Katy (katytweety/Kathy)! You are the winner of the 4 tickets to the Women’s SEC/Big 12 Challenge on Sunday, Dec. 21.
Check your inbox so we can work out the best way to get your tickets to you!
Thanks to everyone who entered our contest. I hope you have a wonderful holiday season!
I was thrilled that my sassy little bit came home last week asking to play on Code.org after Ava’s school and many others held an “Hour of Code” during Computer Science Education Week.
If you haven’t heard about it before, this the mission stated on the Code.org website:
Launched in 2013, Code.org® is a non-profit dedicated to expanding participation in computer science by making it available in more schools, and increasing participation by women and underrepresented students of color. Our vision is that every student in every school should have the opportunity to learn computer science. We believe computer science and computer programming should be part of the core curriculum in education, alongside other science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) courses, such as biology, physics, chemistry and algebra.
While that may sound intimidating, these people clearly know how to get into kids’ heads and work with them. (Note: Although there are several options to try, Frozen still rules the world.)
Early readers like my first-grader will probably need a little help going through the steps. And an hour is a really long time to hold a young child’s interest in anything.
But there are options for different age groups, the steps can be done in pieces and the point is really to introduce something that many children would not otherwise experience. So even just checking it out and paging through it a bit to see what happens is pretty cool.
Give it a shot!
Elfie has returned! (Probably a few days later than most of the rest of the Elf on a Shelf dolls of the world.)
Yes, it’s a little creepy. And kind of a pain to keep up with. But last year I gave in after quite a bit of begging and arranged for a Santa to send us one of his magical behavior-reporting elves for the season.
However, I don’t go all out with this gig. Our Elf on a Shelf mostly does lame things like ride the banister. Or hang on a doorknob. Or show up sitting near the bathroom sink. This cup gig is about as creative as it gets.
You know what? They love it all the same. Ava, Kayla and Kendall will all jump out of bed and go running to see where Elfie has popped up.
No need for fancy, Pinterest-worthy arrangements. (I can’t bare to waste all those marshmallows people use in making those cute setups!!)
Besides, it reminds us all that there should be a little magic in Christmas. A little wonderment. And a lot of love.
Well, that holiday didn’t quite go as planned.
We had planned a Thanksgiving meal with relatives and then a smaller celebration at home afterward. Instead, Kendall woke up in the middle of the night with a raging fever, and began purging her insides out first thing in the morning.
Daddy fled the house with the other girls to the lunch destination, while Kendall and I hunkered down for 48 hours of living in the Hot Zone. It wasn’t pretty, and I nearly took her to the hospital since she couldn’t keep down anything at all and seemed to be getting worse. Somehow on Day 3, it all stopped. And for that, we were thankful.
After she rested most of the day Saturday, we knew we had to get out for just a few minutes to get everyone some fresh air and de-crankify. Fortunately, we were right on time for the Promenade at Chenal’s tree lighting ceremony, which I figured would help us get back in the right spirit.
Clearly, we weren’t up to the shopping I had planned to get done this weekend. I’ve never actually gotten to go Black Friday shopping — ever. And clearly, that streak was unfortunately unbroken this year. To appease Ava, who had been looking forward to starting in on our Christmas list together and who was an extremely good helper through all this, we ducked into Crazy 8 and got her a new dress off the clearance rack. (And ran into Ava’s kindergarten teacher and her adorable kiddos!)
But we at least got in one cute family pic with the Christmas tree with everyone managing a smile before we had to run back home.
Wishing you happy holidays and good health!
Fall’s biggest trends in Little Rock shops are on display at The Promenade at Chenal tonight as part of the Lights, Music, Fashion event held in conjunction with the Arkansas Symphony Orchestra and The Pointe Brodie Creek.
If you have a few minutes to get over there before 7 p.m., you have a chance to win one of these great outfits — which are all about $200. Just take your picture with the model and post it to Instagram using #LightsMusicFashion and tagging @ChenalPromenade and the store you’re in.
But if you’re on the hunt for a new game day outfit or something to wear on a night out with your girls, these outfits will all be available at the featured Promenade stores for longer. Bold colors and Aztec-looking prints are clearly winners in this lineup, along with everything red. (Go Razorbacks!)
Here’s the picks:
Another chic event is coming up this Friday from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. at The Promenade at Chenal — a red carpet-worthy fall fashion show presented in partnership with the Arkansas Symphony Orchestra and The Pointe Brodie Creek that will also kick off the ASO’s Pops Live! series.
Lights, Music, Fashion will include a chance to purchase and/or win tickets to Bill Conti’s Academy Awards at Pulaski Academy’s Connor Performing Arts Center on Saturday, Oct. 4 and Sunday, Oct. 5, when a FREE kids matinee is available. (More information on the show featuring tunes from familiar favorites such as Rocky and The Godfather can be found here.)
Best of all, the fall fashion showcase featuring clothes from the hip and trendy stores at the Promenade will include a chance to win your favorite outfit out of the lineup — a prize valued at $200 that no one would want to turn down.
Sample bites from A.W. Lin’s Asian Cuisine will also be available to tide you over until after the show, when you can relax with your besties while plotting out the rest of your shopping trip.
Can’t wait! See you there!
Note: This is a sponsored post. However, all opinions are my own, of course.