Yesterday we went up to the local mountains for the day with the intent to let the kids do some sledding and snow play. We made great time- then we hit the single lane road to Mountain High ski resort and spent an hour creeping along at 3mph. Luckily it looked like everyone was trying to ski because once we went past Mtn. High, there was literally no one on the road and we found an awesome spot to sled and have a picnic. I shot tons of video of the kids (and growups) sledding, so I played with Windows Movie Maker and came up with this:
We had so much fun, can you tell??? Everyone, including the adults, got in on the sledding. Unfortunately the camera battery ran out on us and we couldn't use it for the last hour or so. But the Dearest did get some good photos of the snowball fight:
more photos here
It was a great day- the perfect celebration for Monkey Boy, who turns six today!!!! Can you believe it??? I can't! I remember when he was this little:
And now look at him! My baby is no longer a baby.
It makes me sad, but at the same time MB has turned into such an interesting, fun kid that I'll forgive his growing up. He says the funniest things and has an opinion on *everything*. The kid can talk you into believing the sky is purple if he feels like it. At six years old, Monkey Boy loves:
Six-year-old Monkey Boy is a lively, completely extroverted little boy who makes me laugh and exasperates me daily. I'm so lucky to be his mom, and I'm so glad to see him growing up...so happy birthday Monkey Boy!
our annual Christmas Caroling...done inside because it was raining all week!
Finally time to open some presents on Christmas Eve!
G'ma P and G'pa T
We finished off Christmas day with a delicious filet mignon dinner cooked by the Dearest (no pics because we ate is so quickly!), plus a trip to see some outrageous Christmas lights at a nearby neighborhood. Everyone had their own cup of hot chocolate to sip while we enjoyed the light show. A nice end to a lovely Christmas!
Last week we attended the annual school talent show; it was our first time and I was surprised at how good many of the acts were. The show opened with two third-grade boys playing "Smoke on the Water" on guitar and drums. They were really good! Then we watched lots of singing, dancing, piano playing, and a monologue....all of it was wonderful.
This was also the first year the we had a performer in the show. Little Man decided he wanted to perform an act. Check out it out:
He did AWESOME...we were so proud of him for getting up on the stage. He is such a little introvert that I was surprised he really wanted to perform! But look at his little smile as he accepted his award:
After many false starts (walking to the end of the board, standing there for 5 minutes while the coach encouraged him, then walking back off the board..), here is Monkey Boy's first time off the 3 meter diving board:
I was practicing this morning and Monkey Boy came out with the camera to 'take your picshure'....since he was snapping away, I got the bright idea to video myself trying pincha mayursana or forearm stand. This is an inversion that I've been working on for a while. Usually I can get my legs up and I can't seem to get them together, or to hold the pose for more than second or two. I thought videoing myself might help me visualize my movements better:
Usually I fall out of this pose and straight into wheel or urdhva-dhanurasana, but at the last second I worried about hitting the table and ended up on my head instead. So I had to push into a very messy wheel! And that's where Monkey Boy gave me his words of wisdom: "just do an easier pose!" LOL So I did...I practiced crow (bakasana) for a bit instead.
Watching the video is really enlightening. I can see where I need to bring my chest just a bit more in front of my shoulders, and engage my lifted leg more. I might have to video a few more sequences just to see how they look...but only if my camera man (Monkey Boy) is there to help. :)