Last week we started preparing for the fall and the cold weather by signing up for the YMCA and registering for ballet! Edie did a round of Ballet classes last winter while we waited for the baby to come, and she kept talking about it all through the year, so when we checked out the schedule, we were pretty happy to find ourselves just in time for classes to start.
At first, she was feeling a bit concerned about a new teacher and new classmates, but this morning as we pulled on her polkadot tights she announced, “I’m not nervous anymore; just excited!” Dropping off involved a moment’s hesitation, but she was soon galloping off with three new friends and getting into the scarf twirling in a big way.
Meanwhile, Roly-poly and I checked out the equipment in the preschool/toddler gymnasium. He was so curious and excited to climb over large mats and shapes, and he pulled out the special delighted hyperventilation noise he usually saves for wild man stair climbing. The floor inset trampoline was a bit terrifying until those big kids finally went away, and the ladder to the slide was cooler than escaping to the laundry room. Roly has been considering walking for a while now, and seeing all the big kids run and play was additional inspiration for sure.
Earlier this month, Edie got to see Iris’s performance of the Nutcracker, and last night Edie got to do her own performance. During our month in Bremerton waiting for Baby Rory, Edie was enrolled at the ballet class at Mimee’s Ymca, and this show was the season finale for the class.
It was also our last opportunity to get our ginger bread houses decorated with Iris… So unfortunately we had a bunch of candy instead of a nap. That set us up for a more chaotic evening than necessary. If it wasn’t for Poppy helping to wrangle the three kids, we would have been sunk- thanks, Poppy. However, it was all worth it, as the ginger bread and the ballet came out super cute. I didn’t get a photo of the houses, but fear not, I will.
The show involved three short acts in different locations around the Y. The video on the huckleberry school Facebook page captures the first act. As you can imagine, the nap /snack combo forced Edie to slowly devolve by the final act. It was kind of like me in preschool soccer, but please enjoy the proof that Edie learned some great dance, had fun, and jeteed her little heart out.
Meanwhile, Rory visited with a bevvy of ladies whose babies were now three to five year old ballerinas, inspiring a baby fever epidemic.
Let’s do parcore. I’m running and jumping off this. Iris, you can do that? Swing on this bar! I can do it all by myself. Now you catch me!
There is a police car. I don’t want to get in it; okay, I’m gonna sit it the back. Don’t make a loud noise. No thank you.
Iris loves the slip and slide. No thank you. I will just sit here with Poppy.
Me and Iris are going in the bouncy house now. I want to jump so high! Oh, that slide. Don’t crash me. No, I need space. Okay. Thank you!
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