Monday, April 28, 2008

My Little Birdie

Sara goes to The Little Gym in South Huntsville on Saturday mornings, and she absolutely LOVES it! She is in the Birds class, which has kids ranging from 10-18 months, so this past Saturday was her last day as a little birdie, and she will be moving into the Beasts class this Saturday, (sigh)I can't believe she's getting so big! Anyways, I've been trying to remember to bring my camera forever, so I could take some pictures of her there, so it's taken me five months, but here they are, finally!

Class begins with us all sitting on the big red mat, ringing the bells, and singing the welcome song. Then we all stand up and start the warm-up, where we walk, run, jump, etc. around the mat. Sara gets really into the warm-up now, she knows exactly what she supposed to be doing. Watching your kids learn and pick up on things is one of the most amazing things about being a parent, and at this age, it's everyday! Ok, so after the warm-up, there's a group activity and this week it was the Air Trac, it's a big inflatable mat, and Sara's not a huge fan of it, but she'll sit on it if I sit with her, and maybe jump a little.(I have no pictures of any of this b/c I forgot my camera was in the car, oops!)

After the group activity, we have gym time, where all the kids get to explore the gym, and do whatever they want.















Sara crawling through a tunnel on the mat, she really likes to crawl through things.


















Walking on the beam. She picked this up pretty quick and this is usually one of the first things we do during gym time.














During each class they have a skill of the week, this week it was doing the wheelbarrow on the beam, so here she is with Ms. Angel demonstrating the skill for the class.


















Here she is on the uneven bars. Sara has never liked the bars until recently, and we still can't get her to hang on them, but she will walk across with her hands and feet.


















It takes a lot of concentration! :)
















After gym time, it's time to play with the balls. All the kids love the balls!!


















And now it's time to put the balls away, Sara is a big helper when it comes to this, she will even try to take the balls away from other kids just so she can put them in the bin.

















After balls, it's time for bubbles, another favorite among all the kids. This week, we had to lay on our backs and Ms. Angel would blow the bubbles on our feet. Sara had a good time kicking them!














And finally we all sit in our circle on the big red mat and sing our goodbye song.














We pat the mat during this song, and up until a few weeks ago, Sara would just sit with us or wander around the gym, but now she loves to sit and pat the mat as we sing, she has pretty good rhythm too!

We are definitely going to miss Ms. Angel and all the other birdies, but we're looking forward to seeing some of our old friends who have already moved up! And seeing all the new things she's going to learn, I'm sure being around the bigger kids will definitely have an influence on her.

Sunday, April 20, 2008

A Day at the Zoo

On Friday we took Sara on her first trip to the zoo! She LOVED it! Everytime we would tell her it was time to move on and go see more animals, she would say "no!" and wanted to stay and keep looking at that animal, so, we started a game of saying "bye bye" to each animal and that made it easier to move on.

So there's my short commentary, and now here are the pictures:





























It was Nana's spring break last week too, so she joined us for our trip!

Friday, April 11, 2008

The Office


Jim Halpert: Michael has asked Pam and me to dinner at least... nine times and every time we've been able to get out of it. But, I gotta give him credit. He got me. Because... I'm starting to suspect there was no assignment from corporate.

The Office premiered last night with it's first new episode since the writer's strike. And it was fantastic, I was seriously laughing out loud at every line, of course that might be b/c it's been five months since the last new episode so there was a lot of laughing to make up for. Nonetheless it was a great episode!


Michael Scott: "Whatever I want." It's never whatever I want. When I wanted to see Stomp and you wanted to see Wicked, what did we see?

Jan: We saw W-W--

Michael Scott: When I said that I wanted to have kids and you said that you wanted me to have a vasectomy, what did I do? And then, when you said that you might want to have kids and I wasn't so sure? Who had the vasectomy reversed? And then when you said you definitely didn't wanna have kids? Who had it reversed back! Snip snap snip snap snip snap! I did! You have no idea the physical toll that three vasectomies have on a person. And I bought the condo, to fill will children!

Jan: I am so sorry that I don't wanna bring kids into this screwed up world.

Michael Scott: I am sorry too.

Jan: But look if you wanna have kids then fine! You win! Let's have a [bleep] kid!

Michael Scott: Do you mean it? You wanna have a kid.

Jan: I hate my life.
[Jan walks away]

Friday, April 04, 2008

One and a half


My baby is 18 months old today! I can't believe what a big girl she is now! Here are some things I want to remember:

She is saying new words everyday, and can pretty much do the entire roll call of our whole family.

She still LOVES to dance, and anything that makes music.

She is very into Dora the Explorer, I think the Backpack she got for Easter was evidence of that!

She really likes to take a bath, and will fill up a boat she has with water and stick her face down in it! I have a feeling we might have a little fish on our hands this summer!

She will give hugs and kisses to just about anybody.

She is very good at connecting people, you mention Justin, she will immediately call for Alison, or you mention Matt, and she will ask for Alex.

She still loves to read, we go through about 3 books every night before bed. Her favorites are flap books, or animal books.

She can jump extremely well for her age, or so we've been told.

She is bashful around strangers, but usually warms up pretty quickly.

She doesn't share very well at all. You would think with being around other kids all day, that wouldn't be the case, but she seems to be very selfish. I am hoping she grows out of this very soon!

I am sure there are more things I want to add, but my brain is tired. Enjoy the pictures!