During her year at Studio One they did two competitions for jazz and one recital. It was to the song "Hit the Road Jack" (Sara Grant, I totally remember you doing your tap dance to that song in the Ward Talent Show!) She did great - that's her in the center doing the split - she's VERY flexible like me. They did very well and Audrey did this dance by herself in the school Talent Show (she had to try out in front of her whole class and be voted by the students as the one and only A.M. Kindergartner to perform!) A lot of parents came to me afterwards and commented on how talented she was!
This was in the paper on July 5th. That's Audrey the 3rd from the right on the Infinity Dance float during the 4th of July Parade! I think it will be a good switch - I love the owner already and Audrey's made new friends from being 0n the float together. She'll start the Dance Camp next Monday.
AND Audrey was in the newspaper again yesterday! (Kyle's in there too in the big group picture.) They had a professional storyteller come for storytime at the Library and he picked her to be his spider daughter (he was the father spider and he also chose a boy to be his spider son.) Yes that's her on the bottom right with two missing teeth front and center!!! She did so good at everything he asked her to do - I definitely see acting in her future.
And then there's Kyle - my big 4 year old! He is starting to be a really funny kid. He also is starting to be another helper to mom a lot of the time and is very good with his brother and sister (most of the time.) He is lucky because he's very good friends with Audrey and Kaden. He can play a lot with either one! He can still be very shy and unpredictable. But as always he is very cute, charming, fun-loving and he's always been my most affectionate (with me) and really the child that acts like he needs me the most (which can be good and bad!) He is starting to warm up to a people quickly at random times - just yesterday he started telling a stranger at the store all about his new backpack for preschool. He's funny because usually he can be so slow to warm up to new situations or people (getting pictures taken, swimming lessons, church classes, refusing to give talks in Primary or sing in sacrament with his peers for mother's or father's day, etc.) but other times he surprises you and doesn't act shy at all!
Kyle is growing up so fast. He's getting smarter by the minute and preschool will only be to assist him socially because he's already starting to read and write and do simple math!
These pictures were a challenge to get. As always, he is very slow to warm up at the photo studio! It took me almost 20 minutes just to coax him into sitting down where he needed to! Thank goodness I always get the manager, Kerry at Pennies Studio, to take his pics - she' so patient and fun and we're actually starting to form a relationship with her! (He's probably one of her hardest subjects to shoot!)
OH and Kyle loves to color (paint, do playdough, anything artsy) and is starting to use as many colors at one time like his sister always does! He also loves singing, dancing, swimming and playing outside (and finally got on his bike after having it for a year and now LOVES riding it!)
And then there's my baby - who's TWO?!?!?! It's sad because he is so not a baby anymore!!! I mean he looks sooooo grown up in this picture to me! :(
This kid can hold his own in the family! He is a lot like Audrey was - very talkative, not a shy bone in his body and ready to take on the world wherever he is and whoever he's with! NO problems going into nursery, getting babysat by my friends, trying new things - he just says bring it on! No problem going from one thing to another -it's o.k. if we stuff in 4 or 5 activities in one day! He's outgoing and loves attention! And he is the FUNNIEST kid - he's always doing or saying something to make us laugh out loud - he has one of those clown personalities!
And although he is a lot like Audrey - even extremely communicative - which is not as common for a BOY - there are some differences. He is an extreme sports, daredevil kind of kid. Sadly enough I don't think those stitches he just got will be the only ones he'll ever get! Also, it's funny but he is actually more cuddly than Audrey ever was (she pretty much wasn't as a baby - but now she loves hugs and kisses - thank goodness!) Kaden still has an EXTREMELY good arm - he's changed from left to right (although he is still left-handed when he writes and colors.) His first loves are still BALLS and being OUTSIDE and I have a feeling those things always will be. Although he does love to sing and dance (and he will even act, too) like the rest of us!
Oh and I had to add this - it's out of one of Kyle's favorite books and one day when we were reading it he said - that looks like Kaden. Kaden is my best eater - he's never said no to ANY food (even jalapeno peppers) - except cotton candy! He eats anything and everything (unfortunately that still includes yarn.) It's funny because he's actually very small (REALLY short) for his age and the other kids (especially Audrey) have always been tall! But when he's done with his food - he has to throw it! (And put the bowl on his head if he has one!) Luckily, he eats a lot (usually more than Audrey and Kyle) so there's not that much to clean up!
SO, LIFE IS BEAUTIFUL AND I LOVE IT...A LOT!!!