Tuesday, September 22, 2009

Whirly Twirly Saturday

After Amanda's recital last year, we knew we did not want to put either of our girls back at that dance studio. The teacher was great with little kids, but there was no standard of excellence present. While we are not expecting that our girls will make careers out of dancing, we do want them to learn to do things well. We are happy with the studio that we moved Avery to last year, but they do not take 2 year-olds AND it is 30 minutes away AND its expensive. We wanted each girl to have their own special time, since 98% of what they do is together, so combining them in one class in one studio was not something we really wanted to consider.

In the global scheme of things, this decision does not require as much effort as we've given it, but we have. Last week we went to the open house and they agreed to take our two year-old into the 4 & 5 year-old class because she had a year of experience on her resume. Also because Amanda happened to be well-behaved while we were there and, most importantly, I had my checkbook. :)

She had her first class on Saturday and while I wasn't in love with it, it IS a three-minute drive from our house or a walk on a nice day. Still not settled with the decision but this is where we are now. The pictures will not be consistent...after class the teacher kindly un-invited us to sit in.

Avery had my little camera and was taking pictures, so some of these are hers and some are mine.

Baby Brother cooperated.

I really like this picture, I just wish the broken glass wasn't right in the middle.

She got super excited when Step in Time from Mary Poppins came on.

After class, Avery pulled the teacher aside and asked if she could take a picture of the whole group. The teacher graciously obliged and I watched on with embarrassment and pride.
Here's the posed shot...funny!

Then maidens will dance and be glad, young men and old as well. I will turn their mourning into gladness; I will give them comfort and joy instead of sorrow.

Jeremiah 31:13


Shawn, Shelva, Symeon and Marin said...

Uninvited that is ridiculous didn't you tell her you have a whole bunch of folks relying on Whirly Twirly pictures to get them through the hard parts of the week. Love the quoteable post Amanda just makes me laugh so hard. Aiden is so cute and getting so big so quick. I have tons of shorts for him for next summer I will bring to CT soon. love ya

Vanessa/Chelsea said...

Love to see what the girls are up to in the dancing world.

Jackie @ Our Moments Our Memories said...

I love seeing whirly twirly pics again! I wonder why the teacher won't let you sit in? Too bad!

She's growing up so fast.

Stephanie said...

What fun for your little girls! Thanks for sharing the sweet pictures...and your little guy is SO cute!

Darla said...

i remember my girls having those teachers that never let us sit in...and then on parent night every grandma and grandpa and parent and sibling in town would come to watch and there was no way i could ever get good photos! ugh! boo on that...you just need to tell this woman that whirly twirly blog posts cannot be changed and she will have to change the rules!!! haha. cute pictures as always.

bentonflocke said...

what a wonderful time for the girls!! Cute pics from both of you!