Little Gym

Since this summer, Lily has been climbing things and hanging off stuff and just in general being a monkey. We have a counter top table and she grabs onto the top, tucks her knees in and swings from the table. She will also go up to the table and shimmy up the legs and try to climb up to the top.

So I knew that I needed to do something about it. I looked into all sorts of things for her to do. I called up the Little Gym in Lynnwood and asked them about how their gym worked. They have free sessions that we could come to and see if she liked it. I was all, hells yeah! So I took her there at the end of August and she fell in love with it. I knew I wanted to get her in. However, I knew that it was going to be pricey. It just so happens that I was due to receive a refund from Medtronic who makes my insulin pump. And!! it covered how much a semester would be at the Little Gym. Double yay!

So this past week, I received my refund check. Yesterday was her first “official” day. I didn’t have my camera with me and so the pictures are not the quality that I like them. However, you can see the smile on her face.

At first, she was really shy. There are only three other little girls in the class with her. Here we are on the red mat warming up. 




After the warm ups were done, then they got to play on the other toys. 



The theme yesterday was “backwards” so even though it looks like Lily is just starting, she is actually just finishing. She caught on real fast that they wanted her to go backwards. After Teacher Louie figured that she understood, she used Lily as the “guinea pig” for demonstrations.

Here is Lily learning how to do a backwards summer salt. (You can’t see her too well)


This was the hit of the day:



She would pull her knees up to her chest and then she would fall down. She loved doing that.

All in all, I think it was a hit. I’m excited that she gets to do this until the first week of February (when the semester ends) and I’m sure we’ll sign her up again for it.

Question of the day: What is your favorite sport and why?


I’ll Tell You A Story

This one time, at band camp. Whoops, wrong story!

When I was three, after church, I loved to play outside while my mother stayed inside and visited with others. This was in the 70’s no internet, no play groups per se, and this usually happened a lot every Sunday. My mother for the most part had only stake callings while I was growing up, so I never knew who she was talking to.

I loved to play on the rhododendron bushes that where growing on the land where the church was. I’m sure some helpful Gardner was only doing his job when he cut off a branch on this rhody. Well, he left a stub.


Like in this picture.

Well, as a lot of you know, I have 2 older brothers. And, I could not let them out climb me! So I was naturally climbing this bush that was so huge it was like a tree. When my foot slipped in my nice black patent leather shoes. And my lower stomach fell onto the stub.

All I remember is walking to my dad because I felt weird. He laid me down on the front bench seat (think ford station wagon) and he lifted up my dress. I remember seeing a gaping whole in my lower stomach!! Sadly, we had to pull my mother away from all her peeps to take me to the hospital to get stitches. Now, from what I remember my mother telling me, we waited a long time. I wasn’t bleeding out of my gaping whole and by the time that they got to me, they about had a heart attack. They basically said that I was lucky that I didn’t internally bleed to death by the time they actually got around to really looking at me.

I like to think that it was because of me that around the nation, they have triage nurses now to assess the situation to make a priority list of who they see first. :D

Question of the day: Do you have a war story you’d like to tell?

You Heard it Here First…

I’m planning on doing a blog a day in November. I can do this! It was rather easy in June even though I had a business trip for 10 days in that month.

So yeah, you heard it here first.


psst… I have LOTS to blog about in November.