As you can see from the pics above – it has begun. We knew this day would come, but the good Lord only knows why we chose to do it now. Yeah, that’s right – it was a choice we made, not something we were forced into. Sure, our arms were twisted a little, but we could have easily put this off. It just felt like now was the time. And besides, we only know how to do things one way – all or nothing! So yes, with the beginning of kindergarten also came the beginning of something else – extracurricular activities…to the power of 5+1!
You all probably already know about the +1, Eliot McKenna, the lead dog in this pack of wild animals has been keeping us busy with her activities for the past 5 or 6 years. She started out as the internationally known soccer superstar then moved on to cheerleading when the soccer fire burned low. Cheerleading squads in Texas are crazy y’all, and thankfully Eliot figured that out pretty quickly as well and packed up the pom-poms and busted out her dancing shoes. She also gave gymnastics a go at the same time. She was an awesome little dancer, but again the pace was too slow for her liking so that got the boot while gymnastics continued. Alas, the gymnastics gave way to Gracie Barra Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu and that is where she is currently. And dance is back in the mix, but this time it’s hip-hop. Tired yet?? She’s been doing jiu-jitsu (which according to Wikipedia is a martial art, combat sport, and a self defense system that focuses on grappling and especially ground fighting…yes, I had to look it up!) for about 6 months now and so far has not shown any signs of throwing in the towel. I love that she is learning this skill, especially the self defense part, and I really hope she sticks with it (even though I miss watching her on the soccer field)!
So when it came time for the kids to decide their activity of choice, we gave them a few options – soccer, gymnastics, or dance. Jack chose dance right away. No, no he didn’t. I would 100% support him if he did (after a few good cries), but I’m completely making that up. We actually started Jack in soccer a year ago because there were several boys on his street that were putting a team together. And actually we had the girls in dance in the spring, but we didn’t really give them a choice on that one and oh yeah, we didn’t have kindergarten to deal with at the same time so the craziness factor was about a 2 on a scale of 1 to brain lobotomy. Now that school has started and we gave them choices and we have three separate activities among the 5 plus Eliot’s 2 we’re edging pretty close to that hole drilled in the head thing…
Ok, so for real this time. Jack stayed with soccer and we’ve got two new little internationally known soccer superstars to add to the roster – Lila and Ryan. Love it! Jack’s team was already established so putting the girls on his team was not an option which means we’ve got two soccer practices every week and two games. The soccer gods were smiling on us though because the two teams practice at the same time, same day, and right next to each other on the same field…score one for the parental unit! And for a bonus, the soccer field is next to a playground so while Jack, Lila, and Ryan are getting their soccer on, the two B’s are happily swinging, monkey barring, and sliding the hour away. Both teams are doing great and the kids are having a lot of fun though it’s not without the usual drama that comes with kids and sports…I really wish the cameras were here to catch all of this!
Brooklyn chose gymnastics and she loves it! It’s more of a tumbling class to get them used to flipping and twisting and twirling. She really loves it…it’s Brooklyn, she loves just about everything and she gets to wear a pink leotard so yeah, she really, really loves it! Britton, fittingly, has chosen to take after her hero, Eliot McKenna, and is doing jui-jitsu. That’s right, Little Mighty is learning how to turn her hands and feet into lethal weapons…it’s super cute for now, but something tells me we may regret this someday….
So it’s official – we run a taxi service out of our house every weekday from 4:00-7:00, Saturday mornings from 9:00-1:00, and sometimes on Sundays. It’s nuts and definitely adds another layer of crazy to our lives, but it’s our kind of nuts – active, creative, enriching, family fun kind of nuts…bring it on!