We had Berlin take a break from dance and tumbling this past Summer so we weren't so over-scheduled. I promised that we would sign her up in the Fall. But, Fall came and went and I never got around to signing her up. She has been persistent so last month I signed her for the Tumbling Academy at the rec center this Winter. She loves going and can't get enough of the class. She is determined to master cartwheels and the handstand and can often be found practicing them around the house.
Here she is in class during station rotation.
Here's a video of the above cartwheel station. It's not so blurry :)
Since the kids had Monday off from school we met up with some friends for lunch and then checked out Jump On It for some air-time. Despite being packed (apparently all the other moms had the same idea to beat the winter blues), the kids had a great time.
Finley was all over the place and doing flips. He loved the rope swing until the teenage boys started teasing the younger kids. That kinda put a damper on it, but he rebounded quickly and was soon having fun again.
Berlin had fun but got nervous if anyone was on the same tramp as her. I have to say, she is more like me in this respect. I've always liked jumping on trampolines, but I like to jump by myself. Other people jumping all over crowding me out makes me nervous and panic. It didn't help when Finley bounced her in mid jump and she landed weird and hurt her back and bit her lip (as you can see in her video clip below), but she was fine after a few minutes.
We'll have to go again but not on a holiday when everyone has school off.
Finley started his first ever season of Jr. Jazz this winter. He loves playing on a team with all his friends from school. Most of the other kids have a few more seasons under their belt, but it doesn't stop him from getting in on the action. He even scored for the first time 2 weeks ago. I think it took him by surprise because he didn't know what to do at first. Then he looked at me cheering wildly from the side and calmly gave me a smile and a thumbs' up. He's such a stud. Love watching him play and learn new things.
It started snowing last night, and it is still snowing 24 hours later. There was so much snow this morning that it took Ryan 2 hours to shovel 1/2 of our driveway just so he could get out and get to work. Needless to say that since the district didn't cancel school, I chose to keep our kids at home since one, it was short day and two, they have both been dealing with hacking coughs. They spent most the day like this watching movies, drinking hot chocolate, eating toasted cheese sandwiches, reading books, and battling lego Ninjagos.
Finley wouldn't come outside, but I was able to convince Berlin to come out and play in the snow while I shoveled. She lasted about 20 minutes. The snow is up to her chest and she had a hard time moving around in it, so she decided that a warm house was the better option.
Here is Ryan's token picture shoveling the snow. What a hottie.
This was all the snow we had as of 7:30 in the morning on our upper back deck. It was just under 2 feet. By the time I got to shoveling in the evening, it was just over 2 feet.
This ones for Ryan who says I never post bad pics of myself on the blog. Now I can honestly say, "yes I do." This is what I looked like after 2 hours of shoveling this morning. My face from frozen, but I was burning up so I knew it was time to take a break. The one to the right is what I looked like after the second 3 hour shift about 5:45 pm. I am delirious at this point and almost one the verge of tears as I watch the snow continue building up. Oh, and yes, my hair was stiff and frozen solid. Totally overwhelmed. I am so done with the snow. I am beat and am praying I will be able to walkstand up get out of bed tomorrow morning. Seriously, my body feels like I ran a full marathon. But yay for all the calories burned! Who needs the gym with snow days like today.