Tuesday, May 27, 2014

A Monogrammed Zebra Tumbling Party

Jayce was confused after Jaina's birthday party.

"So, what was her theme?" he asked.

"It was a tumbling party," I said.

"A zebra party," my mom said.

And there was a monogram on her cake instead of the traditional "Happy Birthday Jaina" that usually accompanies birthday cakes.

I guess when you are 12, you don't really need a theme per se :)

They began by stretching...

And then moved on to forward rolls on the tumble track

Then cartwheels

The girls were able to try front and back walkovers with the help of the barrel.

If you were really brave, you could try them on your own with a spotter.

Jocelyn tried it one time and then decided to dance on the mats instead.

And then they played the game "Ships and Sailors". Its such a fun game to watch :)

I have no idea how they had energy at all for anything else after that game! But next up was some line dancing...

The video is pretty hilarious.

Finally, it was party time!

After cake and ice cream, the kids went back out to tumble and dance some more.

It was, hands down, the best birthday party she's had. It was easy, relatively inexpensive compared to past parties, and the "helpers" were Jaina's tumbling instructors that are awesome anyway. And super fun, according to the guests.

Can we just have a tumbling party every year?

Sunday, May 25, 2014

Field Day 2014

We received some good news yesterday:

Jayce has received permission to attend a different school in the Fall than he was originally registered for. You see, his current elementary school is overcrowded to the point where they had to bring in portables. The school used to have 4-5 classrooms per grade. Now each grade has 8-9. The rate of growth in our school district is crazy and it has been hard to keep up. The school district has plans to build two more schools very soon: another elementary school and another intermediate school.

However, our current intermediate school is huge. Jaina went there for both 4th and 5th grade. To be honest, I'm not a fan of that school and how it is set up or run. I do like and appreciate the majority of the teachers I have had experiences with, though.

I knew a long time ago that I did not want Jayce to attend this intermediate school. Transition is hard for him. This school is set up more like a middle school than an upper elementary school. No playground, their idea of "recess" is a joke, and they pass out ISS and lunch detention like its candy. Oh, and they are constantly feeding the kids junk. I can't tell you how many times Jaina came home from school with a full lunch box saying, "Oh, we had soda and pizza and donuts today!"

We are excited that Jayce will be attending another elementary school in the district next year instead of going to the intermediate school. The school is small and it allows for a lot of individual attention. I think it will be very easy for me to be involved as a volunteer and with PTO.

So, this may have been his last field day at Hendrix, but it won't be his last field day in an elementary school :)

Our family LOVES field day. We all order shirts and come to watch the races.

Jocelyn kept getting in line with Jayce's class so sometimes Brian had to intervene.


And Brian always complains that *I* am on my phone too much?? :)

Jocelyn kept trying to give Jayce a hug while he was in the middle of the frisbee toss. Jayce's team came in 2nd place despite the interference :)

Brian took a turn at the frisbee free throw. He didn't win :P I think he'll tell you he blames the wind :)

Then it was time for classic tug-o-war. I love watching this! At first, the class was going to split up and compete against each other, but then the 3rd grade teacher of the all-girls' class suggested that they have a contest. 

All boys vs. all girls... who would you have bet for?

Oh yeah... the girls CRUSHED them!

Girl Power!!

Then the boys' class did split up with their teacher on one side and Brian on the other. 

The Teacher's side totally won :) Sorry, Brian!

Then it was time for the 50 yard dash and relay races.

Okay, so Jayce still came in last place in his class, but just by a hair. He has come SO far in his speed and endurance :) He no longer sticks out like a sore thumb. I know his OTs would be so proud!

By the way, I had to bribe her with gummi bears to wear her hair in pigtails :)

Jocelyn said, "I run, too!"

And just because I like flash back/throw back pictures, here are two I found from 2010. Unfortunately, 2008 blogger pictures were deleted by accident by me years ago. I thought I was freeing up space in my picasa album.... I had NO idea that they were linked to my blog. Obviously, I stopped that practice :)

And I don't think I blogged about field day in 2009. That was a rough year for us with Jayce and blogging was not a priority.

But in 2010, Jaina was in 2nd grade at Hendrix and Jayce was in SN 4K at another elementary school. His class was only 2 hours every morning so it was easy for him to come with us to cheer Jaina on. According to my blog post from that day, Jayce was extremely overwhelmed by Field Day and one of the resource teachers helped calm him down and involve him in field day that year.

What a difference 4 years makes!