Today Raya had her first ever movie theater experience!! I took her to see Ice Age 4, and we had a great time :-) She had a little trouble sitting still the last 30 minutes, but really did pretty good. She ate lots of popcorn! haha. The people around us got a lot of great narration too, as she yelled "oh no, the bad guy!" and "where's the littler girl? She misses her daddy?" ....Daddy stayed at home with Brielle because there is absolutely no way she would have lasted more than 30 minutes.
I didn't take any pictures though, because I was embarassed to be the crazy camera lady at the movie theater, and my camera phone sucks. Trust me, she had fun though!
In other news, last night I spent a great deal of time planning the girls' extracurriculars for this upcoming year :-) I really want each girl to have one extracurricular that is just for them. (and frankly, this crap costs a lot of money! So I am limiting us to one thing each. Times like this I'm really glad once again we have stopped with two kids....I have no idea how people with more kids can afford all this stuff!)
**Warning, the following longwinded rambling largely for me to talk it out to myself haha...so feel free to skim if I bore you ;-)
So anyways, Raya will be in preschool 2 mornings a week (Tues/Thurs). I believe I'll be babysitting Sawyer and Harper on Tuesdays, so that leaves Thursday mornings with just Brielle and I! Ideally I'd love to find something for us to do during that time, but preschool only lasts 2.5 hours, so we're *very* limited on what I can realistically drive to, complete, and be back in time from to pick Raya up. But the lead contender right now is gymnastics! Seriously, a class for 15month-3year olds haha. It's a parent/child class (no, I won't be doing any tumbling haha)....but the parents takes the child to different stations I guess and helps them through everything the teacher leads. Brielle has always been my active and fearless child, so while I don't think Raya would take very well to gymnastics I think it might be right up Brielle's alley! I will keep you posted on what I decide. The place I'm considering offers one free class to come see if you like it, so I might call after we get back from vacation and take Raya and Brielle in to just check it out and see if it's something Brielle might enjoy and get some social interaction out of, etc.
Here's a picture from their website of one of the toddler/preschool gym areas---looks fun! But even though she's in the age range, I wonder if she's still a little young for it. I mean, she'd love to climb around, but not sure she'll actually want to complete the different stations and stuff. I kind of think maybe this would be a better option for her *next* fall when she's 2.5 years, but I"m not sure!
The other option for Brielle is Kindermusik. Now I did Kindermusik with Raya, but it was at our old house and it was cheaper, because they didn't make you buy the at home materials if you didn't want to (and I didn't, because I have enough musical instruments etc. already from my brother who works there!) ....but now in our new area they force you to buy the materials, so 12 classes is almost 200 bucks (ouch). That's a lot in our low cost of living area anyways haha. The gymnastics is a little less expensive. But I think that Brielle would love Kindermusik and it might be a little more age appropriate for her. The other negative is that Kindermusik doesn't match up with our free time while Raya's at preschool....so I'd have to do Kindermusik on a weeknight while Lee stayed home with Raya.
Opinions? Which do you think *you'd* do? I also found a mommy and me dance class for Brielle's age...and it's priced lower than Kindermusik too. But I don't know m uch about it and the times also didn't line up during Raya's preschool which means I'd have to do a weeknight or something. ....and I'd have to do goofy dances lol.
For Raya a dance studio in our small town finally put up registration info (Grandma F., it's not the one *I* went too in middle school...it's the newer dance place in the old middle school on main street)....anyways, I had found a couple dance places in the larger town nearby (where gymnastics and all that is) but it's not our school district and I think Raya would like to dance with kids she'll actually see in school and stuff (assuming she continues this into elementary school). The class she is old enough to take there is called "Creative movement" for 3-5 year olds. I'm surprised it costs as much as the fancier places in the bigger town, but in the end I don't predict Raya will become a prima ballerina or anything, and the larger studios are probably going to be a lot more competitive, which I'm not interested in. The place in town here also offers tumbling, but like I said, Raya isn't my daredevil so I don't think she'd like that. And they don't offer anything here in our town for Brielle's age.
How do you all decide extracurriculars and which you do etc?
Oh, the other thing is that Thursdays while Raya is in preschool Brielle and I *could* do story hour right by her preschool (it's not the library we normally go to, but the one we normally do offers story hour right when I need to be picking Raya up). So anyways, if we did kindermusik or something on a weeknight we could do story hour for free on Thursday mornings. (I don't really count story hour as an extracurricular since ours is usually just sitting and listening to a story---not social interaction with other kids and stuff.)
My head hurts ;-) And then I think about how I wanted the girls to play tball and continue with swimming lessons and do piano lessons and summer camps, etc....and I'm starting to think I'm going to become very poor, very fast!