"Big" Brother

This little boy is quite the big brother.

If you live in Minnesota or like to follow Minnesota weather (which is weird by the way), then you know we've been dealing with some pretty nasty thunderstorms.  Sunday night Kyle and I anticipated the children waking up at any moment but through the almost 2 hour of torrential downpour and constant lightning, they didn't wake.  Of course the hail was saved for last night and apparently hail is what does the trick.

Around 4:00 AM Kyle and I were awakened by the wind, rain, hail and lightning.  After checking the weather app for any serious weather alerts I passed some time to see if anyone else was suffering just as we were.  Sure enough, Gabe came wandering in to our room, almost sleep walking muttering something about Elle needing me.

Gabe is pretty good at making excuses to get something he wants but it was somewhat clear that he really had no idea what was going on this morning.  Since I was expecting this I was prepared to get my bum out of bed and spend some time with my rightfully frightened children.

I followed Gabe into their room, saw Elle sitting straight up and watched Gabe crawl back into his bed, roll over and go back to sleep.  It was hard not to laugh.  It appears poor Elle was too frightened to climb down from the top bunk and come get me herself so she woke Gabe to come get me instead.

What a brave big brother.  What on earth will Elle do when they  have their own rooms instead of sharing?



Yesterday was Elle's first day of dance Audition Prep Camp.  She is 5 and will be auditioning for competition dance for the first time this year.  Kyle and I discussed it for quite some time since she is only 5, that's a big commitment for a 5 year old, she'll be starting kindergarten this year and all the other reasons.

After discussing Elle's progress with her teachers, the studio owner and evaluating her passion for dance, it's insane, we decided an audition would be fine and we'll take it from there.  We are by no means holding our breath for our little one to be the next SYTYCD (So You Think You Can Dance) winner.  After all, did you see that 2 year old that was on!  The experience Elle will have at APC (Audition Prep Camp) will be good for her in any case.  Plus the child danced roughly 3 hours this last year as a 4/5 year old and still came home and danced around the whole house.

I think I was more nervous about it than Elle. I had been preparing her for a tough camp. 

"You can't talk unless the teacher asks you a question or you have a question specifically related to what the teacher is doing, do you understand Elle?"

"Yes Mom."

"You can't whine."

"Okay Mom."

"You can't complain."

"Okay Mom."

"You'll have to work VERY hard and it may hurt a little."

"Okay Mom."

"Do you think you can do it?"

She took a deep breath with her eyes closed.  Opened them back up and looked me square in the eye.  "I'll do my best Mom."

Ugh! Melt a mama's heart!

I don't know how hard she worked yesterday but I know when I saw her she said she wanted to go back and I'm happy with that.  The last thing I want is for me daughter to lose her passion for dance and I wasn't sure if after dancing for 4 hours in one day she'd still want to dance.  Well apparently I had nothing to worry about because even after dancing for 4 hours in one day, she still came home and danced around the living room.  Honestly kid.


Where Have I Gone?

Well, let me tell you. 

Two weeks ago was spent preparing Elle and Gabe for their dance recital(s).  With Elle dancing in 5 numbers and Gabe in three as well as teaching my own classes I felt a bit busy.  It all went off wonderfully and my growing belly was thankful for it to be over.  That whole weekend was filled with recital activities from Friday night to Sunday evening.  So that pretty much took care of that week.

Last week was spent recuperating from the weekend.  The kids were fantastic given the exhaustion they were dealing with and having Grandma and Grandpa around definitely helped.  Of course we were also resting up for the next weekend and week.

Joyful Noise Family Fest was Saturday and with the forecast reading 90's and no clouds we needed to figure something out.  Lost of water, sunscreen, and pre-resting as much as possible was the answer.  It was well worth it to sit in the heat.  The kids were phenomenal and aside from some minor pink shading we all walked away fairly unscorched.  It was a great day for a bunch of outdoor concerts and the weather really was beautiful.

Yesterday we slept it.  Yep, even the kids.  Since we didn't get home until after 12 Saturday night we thought it best that we all rest a little.  The kids slept until almost 10; Sunday miracle #1.  Both, I repeat BOTH children woke with smiles on their faces; miracle #2.  Then we rushed out the door to meet my parents, brother, and sister-on-law at Gabe's in St. Paul before the St. Paul Saints game.  Another hot day outside and perhaps the prize wasn't as tempting (St. Paul Saints vs. Toby Mac).  The Saints were ahead and the game was progressing so we left a little early. 

So, we are still recovery from the last two weeks.  Thank goodness this weekend has nothing on the docket.  Kyle will be done with class attendance after this week for awhile and Elle has Audition Prep Camp for dance Monday - Wednesday with auditions on Thursday (we'll see how that goes).  Just gotta get through Thursday.  I think I can, I think I can, I think I can....