Skate World – it was fun! :)

img_skates_midFor about 3 years, I’ve been hoping to do something fun and unrelated directly to music with students during the summer.  We landed on the idea of “Skate World”, a great venue in Gresham that has been around since long before I was the age of my youngest students.  The website can be found here (

Three studio families were able to make it = a total of four students, two friends, a younger sibling, and three moms.  One of their moms skated with us, and I was excited to join them!  :)  At first, the experience was wobbly and precarious – I have my fair share of bruises on my knees and aches everywhere, but I would go there again at the first opportunity!  For two of the four available session hours, minus a few very short breaks, we skated and skated and skated.  The song I most enjoyed was “Colors of the Wind” from Pocahontas.  Something special happens in one’s mood (though I was already thoroughly enjoying it) when that tune comes through the speakers & you can feel the breeze of the air as you skate around the corners – trying to go as fast as possible without falling over or getting tangled in the skate wheels.

1137496_1351780363269_fullThe facility seemed cleaner than I remember as a child, though not much lighter.  The sound system needs some major overhauling – red light, green light was a bit difficult considering we basically all had to just go based on what the others were doing who might have more perceptible hearing for the situation.  But we all received a prize and that was fun. :)

At first, I seriously doubted whether I was ready or too old to skate.  I’m very thankful one of my student’s moms was excited to skate too – and they blessed me with the purchase of my ticket!  Apparently, Skate World has coupons often – and right now, they are having a great “buy one, get one” discount – info can be found on their home page.  Thank you, Caelyn’s mom for mentioning the discount, and thank you, Kaitlyn’s mom for working it out!  I’m excited Kosta & Makenna’s mom could come and brought their younger sister along.  Caelyn & Kaitlyn brought friends – who seemed to enjoy their time as well, and they were great additions to the afternoon’s fun.

We had a great time, and I hope to make this an annual tradition – if not more often.  Did I mention it was a super fun way to get some exercise?  I think I just need to give a little time for the bruises & blisters to recover – but in the meantime, here are some fun photos of our FIRST non-music studio activity!  :)

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