While driving one of Katya's friends home from school the other day, I noticed that the kids seemed to be gliding across the playground. Yup, it had been turned into an ice rink!
When the weather is cold enough, many paved courts in neighborhood courtyards are turned into rinks. Last year it was too warm!
This morning Natalia and I were up before anyone else -- so we dressed very warmly, grabbed our skates, and headed out. The car was covered in thick, fluffy snow and it was still snowing fat flakes. What a fun time to be outside! You can easily tell what a great time Natalia had. I did, too... What a great FREE thing to do in Moscow!
The ice was kind of bumpy, but I managed to do a decent scratch spin. Natalia's filming skills were equally bumpy!
After skating, we played on the playground for a while. Here's the "snowbox"!
By then we were thoroughly chilled, so Natalia gave me her best "puppy dog face" and begged for some hot chocolate...
We gladly went to a cafe that just opened to warm up. Blini with apples and cinnamon, and hot chocolate for Natalia... A latte for me.
(Well, of course, we then got home and the girls fought horribly... Katya had chosen to not come, but she was horribly jealous and angry about having been left home... Natalia then rubbed it in her face... Ugh.)