Sunday, March 14, 2010

Disney On Ice

I mentioned on Facebook that my mom won 8 free tickets to Disney on Ice this weekend from her "favorite radio station." It was great that that made it possible for our entire family to go with her! And since neither my sister nor my niece were able to come, Abigail got to bring her friend along, too.

As you can tell from their expressions here, they enjoyed it quite a bit.

And you can imagine that if 2 (almost) 11 yr olds were into it this much, the younger kids were absolutely mesmorized (although Samuel was also somewhat overwhelmed by some of the loud sounds and covered his ears).

My apologies to Zac for including this shot of him with his eyes closed - but it was the only one with all of us in it (except for my mom who took the picture). He actually spent a portion of the show with his eyes closed anyhow - he was having a hard time staying awake. On the way home, we were talking about how much fun it was (or wasn't) and whether it would ever be worth it to pay for tickets. Zac wasn't too sure, until I reminded him that the point wasn't whether or not he was thrilled and having the time of his life, but whether the kids were. hahaha.
I thought it was a lot of fun, though. I like figure skating. And I thought it was interesting to think about what kind of path an ice skaters life takes to bring them to the point of doing icescapades or Disney on Ice. Are these the skaters that have already past their prime of competition and such? Or were they the ones that were never quite that good to begin with? Or are there some ice skaters who fulfill their lifelong dreams of skating in shows such as this? Where does Disney on Ice fit in the world of career choices for skaters? I guess I will never know.
Zac would like to point out (as he reads over my shoulder) that he doesn't even care. Phooey, is all I can say. :)

What good is a blog if I can't tell you all my random and totally insignificant thoughts, I ask you??
In conclusion, therefore, I must say that one of the highlights of the experience for me was when I noticed a props skater-person, dressed in all black, skate out with a prop to put in position, and then skate off the ice with an artistic little flair and twirl of his arm. It made me laugh that even though no one was really watching him (except for me?), he couldn't seem to resist adding a little creative artistry. Oh, performers. How they intrigue me. :)


Colleen said...

Ha ha, me and Jim loved Zac's comment. I've totally wondered the same thing about the skaters in those shows. Glad you guys had fun!

Jennifer said...

Sounds like so much fun. How great that you have such a lucky mom. I too have wondered that of the skaters. I'm guessing it's the never good enough skaters, still hoping for something special or the people who saw these shows as children and really wanted to do them, or maybe just performers who can also skate.

Mom B said...

I'm glad you enjoyed the show as much as I did and so glad I won enough tickets for all of us! That's funny about the man in black. I didn't even notice him!

Planet said...

Next time you see Liz, ask her about the Ice Capades. When we lived in Germany, Liz used to take figure skating lessons from a Canadian instructor. At one point (and I think it was Ice Capades or another similar professional group that toured)...anyway, she took Liz behind the scenes of this touring group where were performing in Wiesbaden and she got to meet all the skaters and talk to them.

Alyssa said...

Fun stuff...nice to break out of the mold and do something "over-the-top" with the kids. I bet they'll remember it forever.

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