Sunday, February 23, 2014

Swim and Gym

Sora's swim/gymnastics combo class just ended and Kyle had a surprise day with no kids so he was able to join us for Parent Day.

Sora's favorite gymnastics equipment was the bar.
 She was a little crazy at everything else.
In true Sora fashion, everything that she deemed "too hard" she didn't even attempt to do. It totally frustrates me and Kyle, and we've had a lot of conversations over the past year about trying the things your teachers ask you to do, but have made little progress.
 She likes swim class a little more...

She loves her teacher, who she has had for swim lessons for a while. We've had to talk about appropriate times to hug and kiss her teacher and inappropriate times (so that she can actually try to teach her something). Again, at the "hard" things, the teacher doesn't even ask Sora to try it since she knows she won't. But at everything else, Sora is getting much better and her 2 years of swim class are finally starting to pay off! Next session, Sora is transitioning into the school age classes (she's been in the 3-4 Preschool classes until now) so we're going to a new Y and will have new teachers and Sora won't be one of the oldest kids in her class. Should be interesting!

Also, on this same day Sora went to the doctor for her 5 year old check up. She's in the 40th % for height and 25th % for weight - pretty much on par for the rest of her check ups. She actually answered all of the doctors questions - she has been good at talking to strangers lately. Last year, she would barely even look at the doctor so this is a great improvement! We had to stop by the cupcake store before going home so that Sora could get a treat for doing such a great job. She's a very healthy normal kiddo (although a recent visitor to camp who teaches gifted kids decided that Sora's gifted, so who are we to argue)!

Thursday, February 20, 2014

Sora Snowboarding

Here is some of Sora's work on the bunny hill. We worked on stopping on her heel edge later, so this is when she was going from dad to mom. We're hoping to go up at least once more this winter!

Sunday, February 16, 2014

Warm Weekend

After having a ridiculously cold winter, we had a beautifully warm weekend! It was almost 20, sunny, and not at all windy. With such a warm spell, we decided to celebrate by spending all weekend outside. On Saturday, there were a bunch of kids at camp for some various winter fun. Sora was so excited to chase around her friends, ice skate, and generally run camp.

The other day she was practicing her "spin leaps" on the ice. She's definitely very comfortable on the lake. I'm sure the layer of snow over the ice, which slows her down significantly, is a good thing in her case. When kids are here during the week she loves to skate with them after dinner. She usually finds 2-3 girls to befriend and then sticks to them like glue until skating is over.

Today, we decided to take Sora up to a nearby mountain with us for her first snowboarding session. Last year we had a pretty miserable experience with her trying to ski - we tried to put her in lessons, which was a colossal mistake because she was excruciatingly shy at the time, and she had a miserable experience with the rope tow.

This mountain didn't have child care, so quitting wasn't an option. In the morning, we went on the bunny hill and tried to teach Sora the basics. We weren't very good at explaining, and her mittens were too loose to really grab the rope tow (it just slipped through her hands) so we decided to take her up a lift. The lift ride was fine, but there was a lot of tears, frustration, and snot on the way down! We had lunch and tried the bribery approach. We also figured a different way of explaining the basics in language Sora could understand and we practiced on the ground before putting on the board.

Here is Sora, ready for a second chance:

 Sora practicing her "heel/toe dance".
 Goofy kiddo!
 Our easier (for Sora) alternative to the rope tow. This did tire Kyle out, but it was very effective!
After a second session (with NO tears!), Sora earned her marshmallow treat and a break in the lodge. She decided to go out one last time. The fact that there was a bar at the top of the lift that sold hot chocolate was a great motivator.

Sora went down the run that had caused so much tears and frustration earlier in the day like a champ! She didn't cry at all and actually got pretty good at going back on her heel edge to plow. Near the end, Sora was doing so well and Kyle tried to show off, but they fell and Kyle seriously hurt his ankle. Sora was fine though.

 Notice the smile! At bedtime, she told me that snowboarding was the funnest part of her day. Success!

Wednesday, February 12, 2014

Sora's Interview

Happy Birthday Sora!

Sora turned 5 on Friday! We spent her birthday with cinnamon rolls for breakfast, a trip to the Y for swim class and gymnastics followed by a picnic in the lobby (at her request).

After lunch, we went to the bouncy house and arcade. Sora tried some new tricks including climbing the slide backwards.

 On the way home, we stopped at the bakery for more birthday treats.

 Sora looking very grown up in her birthday outfit from Grandma & Papa Pherson, thanking them on the phone for the presents.
On Saturday, my parents flew into town and my brother and his family drove over and we celebrated again with a rainbow birthday party at Wisconsin Dells. Notice the rainbow dress, rainbow peppers and rainbow fruit kabobs.
 Sora changed into her second rainbow dress for the cupcakes. We also did tie dye shirts and a rainbow scavenger hunt for gold coins (filled with chocolate).

 One of her favorite presents was her new Hello Kitty jammies (she just grew out of her 4T one).
 At the hotel, we spent a lot of time at the four waterslides and at the giant kid's ball/climbing area.

 Sora was very tired after a long exciting weekend with her two sweet cousins, so we saw a lot of this face:
 Luckily, there was a lot of this face too:
The last day, before we left, we explored the last of the four waterparks with my mom while Kyle and my dad stayed dry.

We went to the same hotel in May and Sora didn't go on any grown up rides. This time, she went on a few (3 or 4). They were all pitch black so she decided she didn't want to go on any more, but I was impressed that she went on so many to begin with!

Monday, February 3, 2014

Go Hawks!

The moment of truth is finally over. After a long season, my husband and daughter are ecstatic!
 We all got in the spirit and dressed up for the big game (even the dolls were in on the action).
We partied with some Packers fans who of course were overwhelmed with the amazingness of the hawks.
 There was a lot of dancing and general craziness.
 There was a lot of celebrating by this guy.

In preparation for Sora's big birthday,  I finally finished her rainbow dress she requested. I let her chose the design and fabric. It turned out bigger than I expected and a little more clownlike than I had intended.

Luckily, she loves it and doesn't mind the clown-ness at all!