Tuesday, April 5, 2011

The birth of a ballerina...

Ok, so that may be exaggerating a little...
but she surely did have a great time! 

Monday afternoon we had our first ballet "class."  This is by NO means any sort of real ballet school, just a preschool class at the YMCA that meets once a week for a month.  But to Savannah, she was joining the National Ballet Company! 

I made the mistake of telling Savannah about this ballet class more than a week ago, and I have been asked no less than a thousand times "Am I going to go to ballet class tooo-daaayy?!"  You have to understand that she has thought of herself as a ballerina for many months now and firmly believes that all her practice while watching the Angelina Ballerina movies has her lined up to be starring in The Nutcracker next month.  The problem largely lies in the fact that Savannah is less than graceful--she is downright clumsy!  Stephen makes fun of me all the time for the many bruises I rack up from colliding with the corner of the counter, the banister, the edge of our bed frame, and any other number of inanimate objects that jump in front of me. 

Let's just say that my ballet dreams were largely unfulfilled as a little girl!  And unfortunately, Savannah takes after me.  She loved this ballet primer class, and I'm hoping (without turning into some crazy Toddlers and Tiaras stage mom) she will stick with it...because she surely makes one adorable little ballerina!
Savannah's favorite mode of transportation across a room is twirling...this was right up her alley

Savannah and Ashley dancing with Miss Haley and practicing her ballet arms and tippy-toes

Monday, April 4, 2011

10 month birthday!

Can't believe how quickly time can fly..."baby" Jackson is already 10 months old!!
Here are a few things he is loving right now:
1. Standing and cruising
2. Climbing the stairs (and occasionally tumbling down one or two)
3. Only eating foods he can feed himself
4. Racing Penny to her dog food bowl in the morning and trying to get a yummy morsel before she inhales it.  This is a pretty funny game to watch!
5. Crawling around our den and kitchen loop saying "dadadadadadada" as though he may materialize if you repeat it with enough volume and frequency
6. Playing with Savannah's Barbies
7. Eating mulch, and sticks, and rocks, and grass...basically any organic matter he can get his hands on
8. Screaming almost everytime I try to put you in a carseat
9. Smiling at everyone!
10. A little dance we fondly call the Jackson Hucky-buck, which consists of bouncing his legs like a frog while flapping his arms wildly
11. Slobbering
12. Giving kisses with a wide open mouth, usually covering the recipient in the above mentioned slobber
13. Making a wide-variety of interesting noises including something that sounds like an elephant, a squeal, a giggle that melts my heart, blowing raspberries, clucking like a chicken, and shrieking...but not too many real words yet!
And finally...
Just being the BEST baby I could have ever asked for!

Happy 10 month birthday, baby Jack!  You sure do light up our lives =)