Last week we finally took the girls to Gymboree class.   I’ve been talking about it for a few months, but wasn’t brave enough to take the girls by myself to a public place where they aren’t harnessed into a stroller.  Don’t get me wrong, I bring the girls many, many places on my own with no fear, but the only place I’ve let them roam are at our friends and families homes or at the park.  Bringing them to Gymboree where they can climb and are suppose to transition between free play time and structured play time put a little fear in my heart!  Thankfully, Daddy took off work one morning to be a part of Ava and Ella’s first workout at Gymboree (we all know it was really to help me keep the little monkeys corralled).

The girls loved it!  It usually takes Ava and Ella a few minutes to warm up to new people and places, but they got busy right away at Gymboree.  I mean how can you not take off and explore when you are surrounded by ramps, ladders, tubes, balls and other fun equipment?  Ella had a blast clapping and smiling while we were singing songs just like she does at home.  And Ava decided she could run the class when she continuously told the teacher when she should start and stop the music during “musical log”.  She kept us laughing with her independent…am hem…bossy ways.  The girls are used to playing along side each other, but we were happy to see them be kind and caring with the other children in the class.  It was a fun morning together as a family.

I love this quote from Eleanor Roosevelt   – “Do one thing everyday that scares you.”

Today, I did just that!  I worked up enough courage to bring Ava and Ella to Gymboree class all by myself.  It was interesting to see how much more they cling to me when Daddy isn’t around.  Just like they are at home – clingy.  These girls know how to play me like a fiddle.  Although it took them a little longer (5 minutes) to become comfortable, they had a blast once again.  I believe it worked to my advantage that they weren’t as comfortable without both Kevin and I there because they stuck pretty close by so I could handle two babies climbing at once.  We can’t wait to go back again next week and play with new friends!

little monkey, Ava, crawling around


Working out in our yoga pants. lol!

Ella bouncing around on the giant ball.

by Heather

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