So now we have a ballerina in the family. On the insistence of Mom (a passionate ballerina in her youth), and with their help, Jessica is now excitedly twirling around the house on her tippy toes, arms outstretched in the air, overjoyed by the fact that from now on out, every Tuesday morning (the ballet extra mural class gets offered during the ‘school’ day), she gets to don her ballerina outfit and hit the floor in her very own dance shoes!
In other words, I’m expecting a barrage of extra cuteness when I get home after work from here on out.
A useful tip if you live in the Helderberg area and your kid wants to do ballet – for the same price as what you would pay for mass produced ballet shoes that Mr Price Sport stocks, rather head over to Teplov, a Somerset West-based business started by former dancers which has been producing ballet shoes since 1979! They measure your child’s foot and if they don’t have the required size in stock, they go ahead and make it for you – at no additional cost!
P.S. It was literally impossible to get Jessica to stand still so that I could take a photo of her in her ballet outfit. There two were the only usable photos out of the lot!
The other night we were fooling around like we always do before bed time, when all of a sudden little Jessica caught us completely by surprise, breaking out into a perfect rendition of Twinkle Twinkle Little Star, after I had jokingly asked her to sing it in order to get some yoghurt from me!
Flabbergasted, I quickly ran to grab the camera to try and get a recording of this, and the end result is what I have posted up here today for you to share in. Not quite as perfect as the first time around when she sang it to Chantelle and myself unfortunately, but more than cute and enjoyable enough! :)
Still, I guess I should have expected nothing less from my little girl who magically perfectly potty trained herself months ago already!
As you can see from this quick short video shot during the week, our little Jessica is becoming quite the smartypants when it comes to her wooden puzzles. This particular one is the farm, her favourite, but she’s pretty good when it comes to the numbers one as well.
Oh, and she decided to surprise us this weekend by wanting to learn more about tumbling – though she still needs a bit of a helping hand with this one it would seem! :)
Oh, and I don’t think I’ve yet mentioned the fact that she pretty much completely potty trained herself overnight, much to the amazement – and relief – of Mommy and Daddy!
We popped in to the Somerset West Stodels branch the other day to have a look as some of the specials that they were running (not really) and more importantly to let Jess play with the fish, rats, guinea pigs and rabbits, not to mention jump on the convenient jumping castle that they always have erected.
Except that this time around the jumping castle wasn’t there, much to Chantelle’s disappointment (it was her idea to come here anyway!).
Of course, the wooden play area is a bite more difficult to make disappear overnight, so the three of us headed in for play time, and whilst Jess enjoyed her swinging, it was her first proper unassisted slides on a decent sized slippery slide that turned out to be the highlight of her visit.
As for Chantelle, it took more than just a few slides before her nerves finally calmed down! :)
Jessica is rather fond of the wooden push cart which we somehow STILL haven’t returned to the physio, and something that she has learned somewhere along the line, much to the detriment of our toes and ankles, is that it is really, REALLY fun to chase people down with it!
Still, how can you chastise such a cute little slobber monster? ;)
I found these ultra cute photos of Jessica after raiding Chantelle’s phone, taken towards the end of last year. Because I have the irresistible urge to share all our digital snaps online, I thought it best I post them right here, right now.
We came upon and bought this pretty cool toy from a stall at the Blaauwberg Market in January, after it managed to successfully hold Jessica’s attention and entertain her for more than five continuous minutes! WallTrax as it is known is simply a set of flexible, colourful ‘gutters’, which can be pasted with prestick on a wall or any vertical surface really, thereby creating a track – complete with drops and loops if you want – perfect for the glow in the dark marbles that they provide to run through!
Needless to say, much time is also spent hunting down the stray marbles when Jess gets throwing them in a little wrong! :)
Back in January when it was still nice and sunny outside after I got home back from work, then there was little better than heading straight outside again, massive bubble maker in hand and an excited Jessica right behind!
(Needless to say, she was rather disappointed when we later dropped this on the tiles in the lounge and it broke.)
I enjoy getting Jessica to practice making different sounds with her mouth, and a game we particularly like to play is parrot, where basically I run down a list of random words and she tries to copy them.
You really should hear her try to say “Orangutan”! ;)
But not this time. So instead, here is Jess and I sharing a cupcake.