Chelsea's dance class

December 1, 2015
On November 11, Chelsea concluded her little dance class at the local rec center. The whole experience was... educational. Haha! The first two weeks, Chelsea would not participate. I don't know if she was scared or what, but she simply would not! I was almost ready to let her quit, but instead, I talked to her before her third class. I told her, very firmly, that today, she would have fun, that she would not sit by me and be shy the entire time, that she would follow her teacher, and I may have told her that if she didn't participate, I'd make her sit in the corner by herself (I was desperate!) Something I said must have clicked because after that she did really well!

 "And snapped that monkey right out of that tree!"

Watching Chelsea dance was really entertaining! While some of the other girls were dancing with grace and fluid movements, Chelsea was twirling, twirling, twirling, trying to stick the most difficult pose possible, or pretend to be a cheetah, and yet, she was very attentive in listening to her teacher when it was time.

All in all, this was a really good experience and Chelsea enjoyed it, but not enough to repeat it anytime soon. When I asked her if she wanted to do it again or try something else, she was pretty quick in her response. I think that maybe soccer would suit her better. We'll try dance again in a couple years.

Chelsea and her dance buddy, Kaisley.
Chelsea came up with this pose all on her own! I'm so glad I caught the tongue sticking out! Haha!

Alexa, on the other hand, participated more than Chelsea! She loved to follow the teacher and the other students and was absolutely adorable. She wasn't really old enough to be a part of the class, but Miss Angie always let her roam free and do what she could do with the class, including stamps and stickers after class. It was so fun to watch both of my girls express themselves!

As a side note, I just want to say that being a mom is tough. Being a mom while pregnant is even tougher. These girls wear me out and I lose my patience more than I want to admit. I often feel badly for how I react to their misdemeanors. Chelsea is strong-willed, stubborn, only likes to obey when you give her a good reason (I think we need to have a lesson about faith), and only likes an idea if it's hers. Amazing how these difficulties that I have with her are really her greatest strengths. I know that *someday* they are the things that I will be most proud of her for. And also, she loves snow. We went out and played in the snow for the first time this year yesterday and she was rolling in it, eating it, kissing it, licking it, making piles of it, running in it, and making snow angels in it. She couldn't get enough of the stuff!

Alexa wasn't quite as enthusiastic.

Alexa has attitude. She is mischievous, very talkative, opinionated, and sensitive. She's still a petite little thing and really does throw people off because of her literacy, despite her youthful appearance. Haha! I call her my snuggle bug and love that I can ask her for a snuggle and she'll give it to me. Recently, she's discovered the word, "stop," and that when she puts her hand to my mouth and says "stop, Mommy," it will get me to stop singing. hashtag nobody appreciates me. Haha! Maybe this baby boy will like my singing better.

Baby boy is doing just fine! He's kicking a lot and today at my doc. appointment, we saw that he's turned upside-down on his head! He's a prepare-er, but let's not jump the gun, little man! As for a name, we can't really decide. Ian has always been an option, but Andrew really wants a German name, so Barrett's an option, too. I like Barrett because then I can call him Barry. Andrew likes it so that he can call him "Bear." We'll see...

I hope Thanksgiving was really good for all of you! We spent it with my family this year and it was a blast! We got to my sister Becky's house, and I hardly saw Chelsea again until we left hours later! How lucky we are to live so close to family! Sorry, no pictures, because I get so caught up in the fun that I forget!

Thanks for stopping by today! Good luck getting ready for Christmas and I'll see you again soon, because I really want to share the pillows I've made with you! Here's a sneak peek!

Happy Holidays!


  1. Miss your etsy shop. I went to check on some cute baby stuff and saw you are on leave of absence. I really want that iPad holder that goes in your car. Love seeing chelsea and Alexa grow. Sunny has the exact same personality as her. So strong willed and stubborn, and she hates when I sing too. I get lots of her telling me to stop. Our girls are alike. Congrats on baby #3.

    1. Oh! Thank you so much! It warms my heart to be remembered even after my shop has closed! It's also comforting to know I'm not the only mama out there with strong-willed toddler problems! Haha! Gotta love those opinionated three-nagers! Thanks for commenting!


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