Friday, April 22, 2011

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This week is Spring Break in our school district.  Although Spring is trying to cooperate, it's not doing the best job.  The weather has been iffy. Lots of clouds, some showers, a little sun, some wind.  Not the perfect Spring days we imagine of 60 degree days filled with sunshine.  I have been trying to keep the kids entertained or at least involved. 

Wednesday Lu's girl scout troop did "indoor" camping at a local hotel with a pool.  The girls swam, did nails, danced, sang, giggled and just had a fun, girly night. The moms had fun too.  We weren't the only ones with this idea - it was quite crowded with locals - and kids - all there for a little indoor swimming and a break from the week.

Thursday I took Ballerina into New York City for ballet classes.  We are an hour plus by train from the city and we really don't take advantage of it.  I grew up in one of the boroughs of NY and the city was my playground as a kid.  I lived there as a young adult and my brother and sister still live there.  Once I had kids though, the city lost it's charm on me.  Too crowded, noisy, dirty... not how I wanted to raise my kids.  I wanted them to have fresh air and backyards.  Ballerina is enamored by the city.  She wants to pick up and move. She promises she is going to live there as soon as she can.  She loves the crowds, the smells, the energy, the craziness of it all.  We had heard about a dance studio in Manhattan that offers open classes.  It is where all the professional dancers in NY take classes from Broadway actors and actresses to Prima Ballerina's to struggling artistes trying to make it.  We met up with 3 of her ballerina friends and signed them up for two classes. I felt like I had walked onto a movie set. They were by far the youngest there. Most of the classes consisted of young adults plus a few elderly ladies in the 60's and 70's. There were jazz classes and modern ballet and tap.  There was a piano player for the ballet classes and drums for the modern classes and people walking through the hallways in tap shoes and ballet slippers and point shoes.  There was an electric energy in the place.  There were at least 5 classes happening simultaneously in large studios with floor to ceiling windows.  I felt like I had walked onto the set of Fame. The girls were in their glory.  Ballerina was thrilled beyond words.  I was a little worried about how they would keep up with all the adults in the classes- but they did keep up and I was so proud.  The teachers even came out to tell us how wonderful they did. One of the teachers kept calling them the "babies" and the girls weren't happy with that - but the teachers seemed to enjoy having these young passionate girls in their class. It is something we will definitely do again.  It also was good for Ballernia's confidence.

Today is a day of food shopping and painting furniture and cleaning the house and getting ready for Easter Sunday.  Hope everyone is enjoying their break this week too!


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