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Sunday, July 3, 2011

Michaela the Gymnast

Every Monday since the first of November, Michaela has had gymnastics class.  Now, we're not those parents who think we are raising the next Mary Lou Retton, but we are still very proud of her 3 year old skills.

We signed her up for the class as a fun way for her to learn some balance and coordination while interacting with other kids her age.  During the course of the class she also learned some valuable lessons about listening to adults who are in charge, paying attention, & following directions.

One of my proudest moments while watching her in class was when she overcame her fear of jumping from the 6 foot tall tower into the foam pit.  By February she was flying off that tower to land in the foam below and it was always her favorite way to end a class.

According to her coach she had really good body awareness and was able to make changes and adjustments to her different tasks from his directions alone and not just when he had to adjust her positioning for her.  She also learned some basic gymnastics skills which we got to go watch the other week as her coach took her through the different stations showing us her skills.

Handstands!

This was after Coach Chad helped her flip over the bar.

Butterfly.  She's holding on all by herself for about 20-30 seconds!

Ta-da! Michaela's lovely dismount after showing us her skills on the balance beam (or 'balance skeam' as she calls it).

Winner's platform with her trophy!



Lots of silliness with Pop, then Grandma and finally Aunt Gigi.  We did take a family photo, but there is no way that image will ever make it's way online.  Can you say unflattering?

Aunt Gigi and Dani.  Proof that Dani had watched Michaela show off her gymnastic skills again.  Dani has even learned how to do a somersault from watching Michaela in class and then practicing at home.

Afterwards we took everyone out for ice cream at Coldstone...

Having fun being silly with Dad

"I scream for ice cream!!!"

Who are we kidding, she just screams for fun. ;)  By the way, that cat piano is a new well-loved gift from Grandma (with some help in picking it out from Gigi) and is quite possibly the most annoying toy they've ever had.  It's fun, but has to regularly get banished to the toy room so I don't have to listen to them abuse the attached microphone.

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1 Comments:

At July 4, 2011 at 7:05 AM , Anonymous Jamie said...

Most annoying toy ever? Success! :)

 

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