Ryann and I went to get our back-to-school haircuts together today. She was very concerned about her hair being cut too short. She didn't want to look like a boy. We ended up cutting about 4 inches off and she definitely still looks like a girl. It may not look like much of a change, but it was big for her. I think it's much neater looking. She's all ready for kindergarten now.
Not only did our summer dance classes create a monster, swim lessons created two monsters.
Ryann and Avery finished their 8th swimming lesson on Thursday. It was the most progress I'd seen so far. I debated trying to continue them, but with school starting and finances limited, we decided against it.
Scott took them in the pool yesterday and they wanted to practice. I was impressed that they were doing things without their teacher. Here are pics of their back floats. The scary part is when they want to swim from place to place alone. Ryann kept swimming to Scott without warning him. Avery tried to copy Ryann by swimming to the step but was under too long. They haven't figured out how to come up for air yet. They scare me, but I'm glad they've made progress. We'll have to keep working at it.
My poor kids are going to get a complex from me laughing at them. This is a picture of Ryann and her "old maid vegetable soup." She also made "old maid applesauce like Grandma makes." I giggled and asked her to repeat what she said. She asked what I was laughing at. I tried to explain to her about "homemade" cooking. If nothing else, kids are entertaining.
Last week was "bring a friend week" at dance class. Ryann grudgingly let her sister come. Now, Avery asks every day if she's going to dance class today. Ugh... So much for one at a time. I called and got her signed up today for the remaining month of the summer season. These girls' hobbies are going to break the bank. :0)
Scott and I have been wanting the girls to take swimming lessons, especially since we have the pool now. Every time I looked into it, we either had no money or the schedule didn't work. Well, I finally got serious and started searching for something to get them started. The YMCA classes were all full so I called Hubbard Family Swim School. I was surprised to find out that the cost was similar and they had openings! The schedule is perfect. The girls go 30 min. each day for 4 days. I signed them up for 2 weeks so we'll be done before I go back to work. I know they won't be real swimmers by then, but it's a start. It's like 8 weeks worth of Saturdays without the stress of working in between. :0)
Avery does whatever the teacher tells her and she had fewer skills to start so she seems to be making more progress. Ryann is very timid in the water so it'll take time. I'm just glad we got them started. We can build from here.
Ryann has begun taking dance classes at The Little Gym. She really likes it so far. Her class includes tap, ballet, and gymnastics. Sometimes she spends a little too much time looking in the mirror so she misses the teacher's instruction, but she does ok. I'm happy that she isn't too shy to talk or participate. I think she's getting better about that. She may not have a lot of skill yet, but she looks super cute in her dance outfit. She'd better. Those shoes might make us bankrupt if she continues to dance and grow.
Ashtyn is 3 months old already. Where has the time gone? She JUST started sleeping through the night on a regular basis. I feel like she's still a newborn. I guess not, since she has now outgrown her newborn clothes. Overall, she's very happy and smiley. She is pretty entertained by her sisters. I spend most of my time trying to keep the two of them off her. They are constantly hugging her, kissing her, patting her, poking her, and so on. After she was sick when she was so small, I've become a bit paranoid about the kids sharing their germs with her. We took her for her 3 month pictures today. The other two were maniacs. Avery even ate a gummy thing she found on the floor. I had to wrestle her to get it back. Maybe there's still hope for Ashtyn. :0)
Life with 3 kids is quite an adventure. I'm off for the next 3 1/2 weeks. Whether or not my sanity will be intact by the time I go back to work is questionable.