A Night of Ice Skating Leads to a Sushi Feast

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Last week when it was, what, like 40 degrees out, Ryan picked tennis as our family activity.  It’s tough to say no (even when it’s freezing out) if your kid asks you to do something that’s physically active.

So this week, it’s even colder. Closer to 30 degrees or so. And thankfully for this weekend’s family activity, we got to be indoors. Whew. But yeah, we ended up going ice skating!

There’s a nice ice rink on the fourth floor of our mall, so we headed over there this afternoon for some skating action. Jason’s gone a number of times before, and Ryan’s gone maybe once when he was younger. But he was super excited to go, talking about it all weekend long.

Both boys started off slow, hugging the wall for dear life. To be fair, so were about 75% of the other kids there, as well as a number of adults. I’ve gone a lot of times in my life and just love skating. I knew Jason would be okay on his own, so I let him slowly make his way around the rink, while Ryan and I inched our way around.

Jason did amazing, getting the hang of it after about one lap or so. He fell down a number of times but got right up no problem and kept on skating around, without touching the wall at all. Ryan, well, the first lap around seemed to take forever. He wouldn’t let go for awhile but eventually graduated to holding my hand and not the wall.

He fell a number of times too but got up (with some difficulty) and kept on going. For our final lap, he went maybe 1/8 around and then was too tired or scared and wanted to turn around and go back to Allie on the sidelines. I told him we can’t skate “against the current” so I grabbed his hand and we pushed off away from the wall, doing an entire shortened lap without holding on to anything but each other.

I was so proud of the little guy. He was all set to give up but he kept up with me, didn’t fall and ended up really loving it!

Ryan and Me ice skating

“Look, mom – no hands!”

Ryan Captain America hat ice skating

Come on, how stylish are we in our matching hats?

Jason had watched us make that final lap from the sidelines. He had fallen and hurt the back of his hand on his previous lap, so he was done, and just sat on a bench with Allie. I thought he’d call it a day and not want to go back out, but as we all were getting ready to go, I asked him if he wanted to go one last lap with his old man… and he said yes! So the two of us took off for a final lap around. I was super proud of him for that one!

After ice skating, we went to our favorite family sushi restaurant: East. It’s not the best quality food, though far from the worst. But the place is just a lot of fun, as they serve you sushi on a conveyor belt and you grab the dishes you want to eat. The kids LOVE ordering chicken katsu, as well as getting us our plates.

East sushi conveyor belt

Sushi making the rounds at East.

My favorite here is either the Shrimp Tempura roll or the American Dream roll (which has a bunch of vegetables and a piece of shrimp tempura in it). But sometimes, well, some rather… odd items make their way around. Okay, fine, some are just downright disgusting.

Baby Octopus sushi

I mean, how adorable is this picture of an Octopus? Normally it says Baby Octopus and shows three small pics of cute little guys. So yeah, the sign is fine but… well, I’ll let you decide for yourself. Here’s a look at the Baby Octopus plate.

Baby Octopus sushi

Yeah, sorry. I guess this post should’ve included a barf bag with it. Actually, you should be thanking me, normally you see the entire little baby octopus, head and all.

Let’s change gears and end on a high note. Yep, it’s Sushi Restaurant Selfie time!

Selfie Allie and Jason

Allie and Jason

Me and Ryan

Me and the Ry

It was a great ending to a great weekend. And looks like it may just become a regular thing, since both boys really want to go ice skating again!

How was your weekend?

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8 thoughts on “A Night of Ice Skating Leads to a Sushi Feast

  1. now that is a nice family outing,,ive never even been on a pair of ice skates,,they don’t do much of that in TN where im from,,now here in VT.they do but im too old to learn how now,an the sushi,,yuck!! my oldest son loves that stuff,but I like my food cooked to a crisp with no pick showing,I guess its a required taste,,but happy y’all enjoyed it,,,hope your holidays were nice

  2. Great family fun time! Skating is such good, clean fun. Think I’d pass on the octopus, though!

  3. Ice skating and sushi are both things I adore. But you know what’s even better? Those hats!

  4. That sushi place sounds like a lot of fun. Wish there was one in NJ!

  5. Sounds like a fun day. I’ve had sushi at one of those places with the conveyor belt, it is fun, and the sushi is good.

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