Monday, March 24, 2014

It's Official...I'm a Dance Mom!

Well, okay I'm not really a dance mom but Brianna started Ballet class this weekend or shall I say Creative Movement/Pre-Ballet.   I love keeping her busy, engaging her mind and allowing her to explore everything.  I am giving her the same opportunities that I had as a child.  I took tap classes, piano lessons, saxophone lessons, played the drums, sang in the choir, performed in the band and was on a drill (step) team!  Yep, I did and tried it all.  The only thing that my grandmother made me stick with was Piano and singing lessons.  Everything else was up to me.  So I wanted to get Brianna started with dance which will allow her to explore movement through music, burn some of that energy off, learn direction and instruction, build relationships, develop physical skills and encourage the use of imagination.
How did her first class go? Well she was the youngest at 20 months old, most of the girls in the class were 3.5 and the class was more structured than I thought it would be.  I've researched creative movement, ballet and toddler development and while most classes are more play structured while casually introducing the arts to the tots, this class was very formal with classical music playing and the parents were behind the glass.  Brianna was fine for about the first 10 minutes with me behind the glass, but then I became a distraction and about 15 minutes later she was over by the door screaming my name.  Ms. Bailey asked me to come in to the class to see if it would help keep her focused.  I went in and it did help for her to see me in the room as opposed to the window.  She payed attention for as long as her little attention span would allow her (10 min) and then she would run off and do her own thing and eventually get drawn back to the group.  At the end of the class the girls formed a circle and sat down. 1 by 1 they got up and did their own dance or what they learned in class that day.  I wish I could of recorded Brianna's dance, she was walking on her  toes while moving her shoulders and then spinning in circles.  She then started kicking her legs out so she did absorb some of the moves from class.

Love her afro puffs!! Products used: Sacred Fire Creations.  Details to come
After class I spoke to the teacher and asked her thoughts and if we jumped the gun with this formal structured class.  Her thoughts were that Brianna had fun, she's just younger than the other girls and the other girls are already 5 classes in which means she is starting late.  She said that Brianna just needed to get used to the class structure and it would take time.  The other girls started at the same point. I received an email from the teacher asking how did I like the class, what were my thoughts and will Brianna return to class on Saturday because they would love to have her.  I'm still on the fence about it and will decide by Wednesday if I plan to find a more tot/mommy and me structured class or stick with the more formal structured class.  What are your thoughts? Does anyone have a tot ballerina? 
On the way home from class!  Score!!  She really did have a good time

Tuesday, March 18, 2014

Brain Dump: I Just Felt Like Blogging Again!

It's been such a long time since I've updated my blog and today I just felt like blogging again.  Y'all know me by now, I have highs and lows when it comes to my little virtual space, but I always come back.  I'm more settled into my mommy role, I have a new job and I have time!!  Motherhood took my life by storm.  Mostly positive because I can't imagine my life without little Miss Brianna but some trying times as well.  Brianna is 21 months right now! Yes, I know my baby is almost 2 and she is a handful with a beautiful spirit and full of personality.  She is taller than most kids her age so she is often times mistaken as a 3 year old! She is talking and adding to her vocabulary daily, singing songs and is a happy tot! Mr. and I are going on 5 years of marriage!  I can't believe it, time has gone by so fast.  We've moved to the suburbs of Chicago and I love it!  It's a wonderful place for Brianna to explore, grow and learn. We go back and forth with the notion of another child.  I have had 2 miscarriages since having Brianna and though I mourn and grieve for the losses my heart is in a different place.  We may try again soon but I don't think I will go through all of the treatments etc.  Brianna came when we let go of the alternative methods and just allowed God to do his work.  We will do the same this time... when we are ready.  I do think Brianna should have a little brother or sister and some form of entertainment other than ME but we shall see what God has in store for us.  This post was so impromptu that I don't have any pictures to share, this is truly a Brain dump. I just felt like writing about life hopefully, I will be able to do weekly updates as that is a goal of mine. We shall see which way the wind blows. 

Peace & Blessings