(Photo caption: Eli makes herself at home at Ari’s class Halloween party.)
I had a really fun morning with Eli this morning that I must share.
After (unsuccessfully) trying out various group activities and classes with Ari like swimming and martial arts, I decided to give it a try with Eli who is only 2.5. This morning we tried out a 45-minute combination gymnastics and dance class and it was — great!
Eli was fearless and way into it, jumping off the wall (literally) during gymnastics, inventing her own songs and dances and getting the rest of the class to join her and following her teacher’s instructions very closely. I was pleasantly surprised. Actually, more than that. I was the only parent in the waiting room watching the kids on a flat-panel display and grinning ear-to-ear. Eli was so freaking adorable that I was kicking myself for not bringing my camera.
While the class had a little bit of everything — free play, technique and performance — my favorite part had to be when the kids donned these fairy wings and wands and danced to the Nutcracker. There were parts of the routine when Eli branched out on her own to look at herself in the mirror and prance around. She loved the fairy wings. I was gleeful and giggling to myself. Ari would be mortified to be asked to dance…at all. It is amazing how two children can come from the same family, be raised the same way and be so different. Are your children this different?
Don’t get me wrong, both my children are talented in their own way. They have their own interests and abilities and I love them for who they are. But today was the first time I really “got” and connected with Eli. Most of the time, she clings to our nanny or her dad and seems to go out of her way to get a rise out of me.
Today I could not get enough of her irresistible cuteness and we shared a peaceful lunch of grilled cheese sandwiches and french fries afterwards. I am thinking of going to the class with Eli twice a week. I can’t wait!
Have you had any fun or funny kid moments lately? Please do share!
Also, this is an open thread so feel free to discuss what you’d like. Have a good weekend all!