Grandkids Love To Roller Skate in My Garage

by Kaye Swain

My grandkids are learning to roller skate in my garage while it is too cold outside

Well, we still haven't had a huge amount of snow but it's definitely been cold outside. And rainy. And a bit slushy. Fortunately, I have a wonderful garage. And for the first time in my life, we've kept it fairly empty so that I can actually park my car in it! Which turned out to be an awesome gift the last few years when there WAS a lot of snow. It's so nice to walk out to the garage, get in the car, and not be freezing when I start it. 

Not only that! All I have to do is back my car out into the driveway and it becomes an wonderful scooter / roller skating rink for the grandkids on those days when it's too cold, too snowy, too wet – or for that matter, too hot, too smoggy…. It's WONDERFUL!

They get great exercise, my senior mom and I have fun watching, and they get to be involved in a fun and physical activity away from computers. As much as I love computers and iPhones, I still love that as well! 

We've been haunting our local Goodwill to find roller skates for the boys. At $3 a pop, I can easily afford them there and not have to worry about them outgrowing them. We have both regular roller skates and in-line roller skates, along with their scooters. My oldest grandson can use both types and does great. The younger two have had a bit harder time with the in-lines. That's where being in the Sandwich Generation can be a big help. We got out the walker my senior mom had to use last year and they have been using that to help keep their balance, the way my long distance grandkids use the sleds their ice skating rink provides. It's grand!

One of the advantages of being in the Sandwich Generation is having extra tools that can help grandkids as well as elderly senior parents

Have you tried scooters or roller skates in your garage with your grandkids? How do you like it? We'd love to hear. :) In the meantime, I'm off to scout out more roller skates at a friend's Goodwill! 

Such fun for grandparents - in AND out of the Sandwich Generation - at Grandparents Say It Saturday Linky Party - Do Join in the fun

Fun for grandparents - in AND out of the Sandwich Generation - at Grand Social

Grand Social at Grandma's Briefs – Which is featuring one of my favorite fun holiday songs – What are you doing New Year's Eve – just as fun on New Year's morning! HAPPY NEW YEAR to y'all! :) 

Kaye

P.S. Thank you so much for your comments. I enjoy them very much and read each one. I also love the grand ideas so many of you share that help and encourage other readers. I do my best to reply to them all but value your patience when that isn\'t possible.

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1 debra

Great story! sounds like so much fun! :)
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2 Lisa

Very smart, Grandma! I never thought about using the garage for such fun. I’ll have to keep that in mind next time the grandsons visit. Of course, seeing that they live in the desert where snow is never a concern, I’ll have to follow your lead and pick up some skates for them to use out on their patio. Thank you for the idea.

Happy New Year to you and yours!
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3 Jann Olson

What a fun idea. I know that would be something my grandies would enjoy. I haven’t tried roller skating in years. Use to love it as a child. This makes me laugh and think of my oldest sister. She decided that she was going to start rollerblading when she was 50 something. She was blading by the Jordan River, couldn’t stop and almost ended up in it. Haven’t dared try since that story. lol! Thanks for visiting my blog.
Hugs,
Jann
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4 Grandma Kc

I just love the idea of them using an old walker until they get their balance and their confidence built up. That idea would work on sidewalks in the summer, too! I am so glad it doesn’t get THAT cold here so we can stay outside as my garage is a current nightmare!
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5 Lisa

Thank you for sharing this in the GRAND Social! Such a fun one for everyone. Cheers to you and to 2013! Hope it has started off on a happy note for you and yours!
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6 Connie

That is such a great idea! I don’t have a garage but I would do this if I did! Thanks for linking with me :)
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7 Kaye Swain

Hi Connie, you’re very welcome. And I have to confess – I’ve had years of no garages. And other years of garages that were too stuffed to do ANYthing in. This is the first time I’ve had a garage AND had room to spare. It’s definitely a novel blessing for me :)

8 Kaye Swain

Hi Lisa, you’re welcome. And thank you for your hard work on the Grand Social. Loved your article on babysitting grandkids even when you live a long distance away. Great tips. :) New Year Blessings to you and your sweet family :)

9 Kaye Swain

LOL Kc – that would be a pretty good description of our past garages so I know JUST what you mean :) :) :)

10 Kaye Swain

:) Hi Jann, Oh my! I am a good skater – on wheels or blades. But I have to confess, I do it so rarely I’m a bit nervous to fall. She was DEFINITELY braver than I! I’m so glad she did OK overall :) Hmmmm, if I do get skates, guess I could be the one to use the walker :) :) :)

11 Kaye Swain

:) Hi Lisa, It’s a wonderful way of working of wiggles in cold weather AND hot. :) Thanks so much for your sweet visit.

12 Kaye Swain

Very fun, indeed, Debra. :) :) :)

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