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Ballet Day

So, on Sunday evening I had a bit of an unfortunate {and awkward and embarrassing} incident with a set of stairs and a poorly placed tee ball bat.  The end result (other than me laying face down on the front lawn in agony as neighbours were out for their evening strolls?) was a very sore swollen foot and crutches I’m terrible at using.  Not good when you’ve got a busy little lady that’s used to go-go-go-ing.  

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IMG 6310IMG 6309A perk to being the lame mom who has to sit and watch on the sidelines during our usual parent and tot ballet class however?  Being able to snap a few photos of our little ballerina in action.  

She’s sweet, isn’t she?


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Ballet Day

IMG 5731IMG 5735IMG 5740I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again…  There’s nothing as adorable as toddler ballet. The toe tapping, the pizza feet, the beach ball arms, and the freeze dancing… It’s ridiculously cute. We’re back for a second round of our Ballet with Billie classes, and though Grae can still be a little shy walking into the studio, she settles in right away, lets loose, and even gets a little silly sometimes.  The best part is that she’ll often ask in the morning, “Is today Tuesday, Mama?  We go to dance class today?” and when it’s not, she wants to know exactly how many days are left until we get to go again.

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Last Day of Ballet

Today was our last parent and tot ballet class. Grae was so excited about it (and so thrilled to hand out her ribbon wands), that she didn’t have a nap beforehand.  She just couldn’t fall asleep. Of course, we all know how that turns out… 

IMG 2996IMG 3000IMG 3001Needless to say, come time for class, she had some of her classic overtired crazy energy going on.  

IMG 3005Of course it all turned out alright.  She proudly handed out her gifts, danced her little heart out, and said goodbye to her dance buddies. 

IMG 3006Miss G loved this class so much that we will definitely be signing up for the next session starting in January.  Billie is amazing with the kids and the class was the perfect blend of ballet moves, good old fashioned dancing, singing, and ‘acting’.  

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Howl-O-Ween Play Gym

This morning my little brown fox and I headed out to our first official Halloween event – ‘Howl-O-Ween Play Gym’ at our local community centre.  Gracen was super excited and happily announced different costumes as she saw them.  Her favourite? An ridiculously cute broccoli costume worn by the baby brother of two little girls in her Ballet with Billie class.

Here’s our morning in photos…

IMG 1054Gracen the fox.

IMG 1049Making music.

IMG 1059Jack-o-lantern (quite possibly the trickiest craft ever for wee ones 4 and under!)

IMG 1066Foxes teeter totter too.

IMG 1071IMG 1076IMG 1077Decorating a cookie for Papa.

IMG 1081So spooky.

IMG 1087Costume model.


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Ballet Tuesdays

IMG 0180IMG 0184IMG 0185IMG 0186IMG 0191Will I ever get used to the cuteness that is Tuesday ballet afternoons?  Ummmm…probably not.  Especially when the cute is 12 tutu-clad little ladies dancing around a studio with long ribbons in hand.  Because our class is a parent participation class, us mamas gallop, stretch, plié, and sing alongside our little ones, making it very tricky to take photos of the class itself, but I always make sure to take a couple before and after.  Grae’s so used to it now that she actually stops before going into the community centre, positions herself against the wall, and says, “Picture time, Mama!”


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iPhoneography // Mini Ballerina

Today it was back to ballet class for Miss G and I.  And though Grae was a little bit sensitive when it came to loud stomping and ‘angry feet’ last week, this week she participated in everything quite happily.  We’d talked about how funny it is to stomp around loudly and make your feet look angry for the last few days, and with a couple of tiny reminders at the beginning of the class, she was just fine this time around.  In fact, she was having so much fun that she spent most of the class on the other side of the room, dancing and participating without any help or reassurance from Mama.  

Balletpre-class warm-up // ribbon dancing

mini ballerina // post – class beach ball hands

Have I mentioned how cute a studio filled with giggling tutu-clad toddlers is?  Trust me, it’s ridiculous.

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First Day of Ballet

With fall soon approaching, I knew that I wanted to get Gracen in a couple of organized activities.  Though our days visiting parks and beaches and playgrounds will continue through the winter months, it’s nice to have more than just our usual play gyms, pools, and libraries to sneak away to when we want to escape the cold. When I came across Ballet with Billie, a parent and tot class held at our local community centre, I knew Gracen would love it.   Music, dancing, singing, and little friends…  It sounded perfect for our little lady.

IMG 9560So today, the first day of classes, we got her dressed in her little leggings, her brand new leotard, and the tutu she’d specially selected for the occasion. As I packed up our bag, she came to me with the handmade scarf she received for her birthday and said, “Mama, Grae Grae wear scarf. Windy day. Sooooo windy, Mama.”  I explained that it wasn’t really all that windy, but she desperately wanted to wear it, so out the door we went.

IMG 9562We arrived to the class and met several lovely mamas and babes right off the bat, the teacher was beyond fantastic with the little girls, and Grae really enjoyed herself {once we got passed the loud stomping part that left her feeling a little frightened and clingy}.  The best part? She left the class, star sticker on hand and first ever goldfish cracker in belly, asking when we’d be going back.

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Sunset Centre Play Gym

It’s Friday, and true to our old routine, we headed up to Sunset Community Centre’s play gym.  It was a bit of an interesting day (a father decided to inform a mother nursing her 6 month old baby – with a  cover no less – that  it was inappropriate to breastfeed her child in public…yikes…poor guy sure knows how to get a group of predominately stay-at-home-mamas riled up!), but Grae had a wonderful time none the less.  Here are a few photos from our visit:

IMG 7796Baby jail.

IMG 7799Teetering.

IMG 7801Dancing and twirling in the centre circle.

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IMG 7809Visiting her pony friend (this was taken just after she planted a kiss on his nose).

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Play Gym at Sunset

I don’t know what we’ve been up to, but we certainly haven’t doing our regular Friday mornings up at the Sunset Community Centre play gym sessions…  Maybe it’s because the weather’s been getting nicer and we’ve been spending more time outdoors, or maybe it’s because the lovely teacher, Aggie, no longer runs the sessions, but either way, it was nice to be back today.  Gracen loves it, it’s nice to chat with the same moms each week, and it’s just a few blocks up from our house.  How can you go wrong really?

Gracen was very excited to be back.  There was some regular play involved…

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But she spent the majority of her time frantically running from one car/trike/bike to the next, climbing on, pushing the centre of the wheel/handlebars, and declaring, “Beep, beep, beep!”IMG 7423IMG 7425IMG 7427IMG 7428IMG 7430


I’m not sure what this is all about, but hopefully it’s not a reflection of her Mama’s driving.  🙂

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