September 22, 2013

MN Tot Spots; Gleason's Preschool Open Gymnastics

What seems now like a million years ago, I took little Miss Noelle to Gleason's Open Gym in Maple Grove. She was only 11 months old and hadn't started walking yet. She crawled around, climbed on some foam pieces and played with a hulu hoop. She had fun but she was definitely too young to really  enjoy the place. Now, exactly a year later, we have returned and Noelle LOVES the place! I took all three kids there last Friday AND again on the following Wednesday because they all couldn't get enough of the place! They climbed, swung, jumped, walked on the beams, and just had a blast! For a rate of $10 per family, it's awesome and worth it. 

Flashback! Noelle, a year ago, at Gleason's for the first time!

Evan checking the place out!










The kids ran wild! The open space is awesome! 





Amery climbed his way up to the trampolines!










Foam pit!









I think this is going to become a regular thing for us! Next we will be checking out Flips Gymnastics in White Bear Lake, and Midwest Gymnastics in Little Canada!

September 14, 2013

Noelle Starts Dance!

Noelle started dance class two weeks ago at Larkin! She is attending "Mommy & Me" dance classes once a week with me, Evan and his mom! So far we've had two classes and the outlook is not promising, haha. While she may dance up a storm at home, in class she is EXTREMELY shy, timid, and scared to let go of my hand. I find myself getting more of a workout than she is when I'm carrying her around the room because she simply won't participate! Hopefully, things will look up as classes go on. Noelle is obsessed with her tap shoes and LOVES wearing them (to the point where she cries when I try to take them off) and she also gets excited when she hears songs in class that she recognizes so there's still hope. Maybe she just needs time to warm up! Here are pics from her first day of dance!

Here's Noelle and Evan hugging it out before dance class. She was thrilled as you can see.


Showing off her dance outfit!



Getting fitted for some new tap shoes and ballet shoes!

Noelle's First Trip to Austin!

Over Labor Day weekend Noelle and I boarded Noelle's first airplane and took off to Austin, Texas to see my folks and brothers. It was her first airplane ride, our first trip without daddy, and her first time meeting my brothers, Dustin and Dennis!

Having fun before boarding!



Watching airplanes and employees.


Noelle did really well at the airport and had a lot of fun walking around with me. She observed airplanes and kept on asking me what everyone was doing. We also grabbed some suckers from the gift shop to help with take-off and landing. 



"Waz dat guy doing mama?""


She did really well on the flight except for the last 20 minutes, which I think was caused from her ears popping. She was good up until that point, and started crying and screaming. After we landed, all was well once again.

Noelle was so excited when we got to my parent's house! My mom dug out all my old stuffed animals and Noelle had a blast piling them up on the bed and jumping into them.

After her exhausting and long day flying she fell asleep on my dad for 2 hours!

Noelle and "Bompa."

Noelle and Romi, my brother Dennis' dog.

Dennis, Noelle, Romi & Ana.

My mom cooked Noelle lots of yummy stuff the whole time we were there, including these fluffy waffles. Spoiled girl!

Here's Noelle playing in my parent's back yard.



On Saturday we went to the Austin Zoo. It was torching hot out and very humid! We thought we were getting away from Minnesota's nasty humidity for a while, but no, it was exactly the same!


Dustin in front of the Reptile exhibit.

Not super impressed.

Checking out the tigers with grandpa and grandma.








Cupcakes! 

Playing with grandma!

Having a blast in grandma and grandpa's whirlpool bath tub! Way cooler than our bath tub at home!


Going to the park and pool with grandma!

"Sun mama!" - Noelle needed some sunglasses.

Having tons of fun playing peek-a-boo with grandma!


Taking a break from the pool for some fruit snacks!

Noelle went to the pet store with grandpa and grandma. I think she had more fun here than at the zoo.





At Dennis' pool for an evening swim.


Noelle had lots of fun with Dennis!


Splash!



Noelle's a little fish! She loves the water!



Hanging out with our family and Ana's family.

Ana, Dustin, Dennis.

Noelle had tons of fun playing on grandpa and grandma's piano!


Swinging at the Vietnamese temple!








She was mesmerized by all the buddha statues. She walked around and said hi and bye to all of them!



Noelle enjoying some Auntie Anne's pretzels at the airport with mama before we head home. She's my favorite travel buddy!

My parents and brothers LOVED seeing Noelle and she had a blast traveling with me. I can't wait to vacation with my boo boo again!
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